Flight Behavior Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Best book of the year: New York Times Notable, Washington Post Notable, Amazon Editor’s Choice, USA Today’s Top Ten (#1), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star
Prize-winning author: Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award), Orange Prize for Fiction
Prize-winning author: National Humanities Medal, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Orange Prize for Fiction, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award)
"Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words." (Time)
The extraordinary New York Times best-selling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work.
Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver's riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions - religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians - trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.
Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver's most thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 56 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 06, 2012|
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#12,615 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#82 in Political Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#335 in Political Fiction (Books)
#662 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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The character of DellaRobbia, the protagonist, seems achingly real to me-- a bright, intellectually curious, but poor woman caught in a trap of a loveless marriage at too young an age.Yet she struggles with her passions and desires for adventure, and pits them against love for her children and a desire to be a caring wife. Her internal turmoil created by the arrival of the exotic, handsome scientist who comes to study the aberrant butterfly migration on her property, and the intellectual and sexual desires that are created through her contact with him and with her burgeoning knowledge of the world of environmental science seems quite real. Through it all, her social and cultural environment of small town life and the economic (and intellectual) poverty is well documented. Against the bigotry, resentment, and anti-intellectualism of the rural Southerner, Kingsolver juxtaposes the prejudices and class snobbery of the well--educated environmental activist elites. In the end, Kingsolver gives DellaRobbia a pathway in which she can escape from her caged existence, but she leaves us with the question on how to bridge the divide between climate deniers and environmental activists still unresolved.
There is a lot about Monarch butterflies, much I'd never even considered. That was interesting. The author does get a bit "preachy" about the environment and global warming, some of which was germane to the story, but probably more was in the book than necessary to make the point. There are side threads about Dovey and Hester, and a little gotcha there in the story. I think you will enjoy the book.
When the "miracle" she encountered on the mountain is revealed as a mass migration of Monarch butterflies in a poor Tennessee town, a scientist whose life work has been dedicated to researching the migratory flights of Monarchs turns up with some post graduate students to study the phenomena, she is hired to work on the project. The reader has already seen the intelligence in Dellarobia and she becomes a valuable asset to the team. As her world view widens so does that of her in-laws behavior and secrets.
Her in-laws are cold, even to her children, but hold she and her husband responsible to service the debt on the farm. Her father in-law sees the trees on the mountain above "Cub" and her home as an asset to be clear cut; the means of clearing his debt. The weather of unrelenting rain has made a mire of the farm and surrounding area.
The scientist, Dr. , whose study of Monarch butterflies sets up his lab in their barn and sets his trailer next to it. He connects this unknown behavior of the butterflies ss directly accountable to changes in the climate.
There are real surprises based on the relationships between people in this book and fact based scientific evidence.
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Mirroring the development of Dellarobia (not helped by being portrayed as a "poor white girl" named with such a pretentious title) with the struggles of the butterflies was a good choice. She sounded knowledgeable on the scientific details of the butterflies and climate change ( too much so at times). There was humour to lighten the load ("like a beach vacation minus the beach, and the vacation"). Some characters were portrayed with a range of redeeming features. The picture of a small, farming community struggling with paying the basic bills was harsh and believable.
But ....descriptions were over-long especially where the author wants to share her own thoughts . Too much read like a one-sided lecture. And there was too much sentimentality in the huge changes of D over the course of the book. Pretty quickly she seemed a shallow and unlikeable character, willing to leave her children and run off with a bloke she barely knew. Next minute, she is a competent, intelligent, loving mother who deserves sympathy for her poor start in life and unfortunate fall into an early marriage and her children's "racked sobs that wrenched her will for living". One minute they are dirt-poor ("as if shopping for previously-chewed meals", the next she is sharing the lamb Hester has just given them with Ovid and his wife - assuming they want to spend their time with her family and considering they had been parted for quite a while that is dubious - and then "crammed the leftovers into plastic boxes wedged into the refrigerator" as food is over-flowing! This narrator living in this limited community uses language that is not credible: "wherever she looked she saw their aggregations on the dwindling emergent places ............" For me, this kind of nonsense devalues what the story is meant to be sharing. Likewise, Hester is nasty: but she offers an "excuse" for her frustrations which sits weakly. Preston unsurprisingly shows an interest in science: he is 5 - there is no reason to believe he will follow this through and actually become a "scientist"! He was far too single-minded and serious at 5.
Having read the Lacuna and felt it turgid, despite a lot of good content, I think this is the style of BK. She needs to have a firmer editor!
The reader discovers many different unfolding story lines - the sudden and unusual appearance of a monarch butterfly colony up the mountain close to Dellarobia's farm; the ensuing media frenzy when the endangered species becomes an overnight sensation; the young woman's struggle to make new choices despite her limiting life circumstances and her encounter with scientists who make her aware of the urgency of the planet's changing habitats and climates due to global warming.
It's an engrossing and scary read but beautifully rendered! Very current and urgent. I highly recommend it!
Dellarobia Turnbow is trapped in a dull marriage and is mother to two small children. She is bright but was unable to take advantage of educational opportunities when she was at school. Her whole life changes when she goes up a mountain on their farm and discovers a sea of orange fire – this turns out to be millions of Monarch butterflies who have had their migration pattern upset and are now off course. Dellarobia gains (unwanted) social media fame as people come to see this awesome sight. One visitor is Ovid Byron, an African American etymologist who stays on the Turnbow’s farm with a small research team.
This is a turning point in Dellarobia’s life as she learns more and more about the butterflies and how the environment can be fatally affected by outside events.
Flight Behaviour is a stunning novel. The plot unfolds beautifully and the characters are incredibly well drawn. There is Della’s bitter mother-in-law Hester, her lummox of a husband Cub, her loyal best friend Dovey and the generous spirited church minister Bobby. Barbara Kingsolver has a brilliant eye for detail and Dellarobia exhibits a sharp wit throughout the book. When an environmental campaigner asks Dellarobia to sign a pledge to reduce her energy use she expresses puzzlement. She has no computer to leave on stand-by, she can rarely afford red meat, she can’t afford to drive far, she buys secondhand clothes and she has never been on a plane.
Just as we find out about the life cycle of butterflies, we see Dellarobia on her own cycle of turning into something admirable. The title “Flight Behaviour” could refer to the butterflies or to our heroine’s own life choices.
I hope I haven’t made this sound too didactic. It is a perceptive book which is very funny in parts.
One of the best books I have read all year – highly recommended.