A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018 | Unabridged
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Traces the experiences of a woman whose efforts to protect her family from sudden unemployment are shaped by the story of an ostracized nineteenth-century science teacher connected to her by their home in the community of Vineland, New Jersey.
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062865502
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Dec 16, 2019

Barbara Kingsolver being one of the rare authors who does an excellent job reading aloud her novels, this was a very enjoyable "listen." Having read all of her books, in either format, I've found her storytelling to be of consistently excellent quality. (If you have not yet read "The Poisonwood Bible," wait no longer!)

Jul 23, 2019

I wish Kingsolver would spring for a voice actor to read her works for audiobook. Once again a superb and sophisticated story has been ruined by the author's reading it in her sing-songy playschool story circle voice.

ArapahoeJane May 30, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sorry to see it end. I'd be up for a sequel to this one. The book chapters alternated between two years, far apart, and a thread connecting the two. The characters were so well developed. This was my first Kingsolver read and I will pursue some of her other books. ~Such fun to find a new author!

Apr 15, 2019

Kingsolver has woven two stories around 6th and Plum Streets in Vineland, New Jersey -- one in 1874 and the other in the current day. The historical story centers on Mary Treat and Thatcher Greenwood who form an unlikely friendship around botany and Charles Darwin in Charles Landis' utopian community. The current day story centers on the Tavares/Knox family whose life in search of professor tenure has ended in an inherited house in Vineland. As the two stories alternate, the author details the economic and ecological challenges of each time period. Although slow to start, the book did keep my attention until the end. The author read the audio version which was hard to hear at times because of her soft voice.

Dec 11, 2018

I loved this book, the author's use of language, and how she can take some many disparate things and weave them into a story of whole cloth.

I'd love to have a robust conversation on Kingsolver's use of offensive language in this book. It was used to illustrate some pretty terrible opinions of a character, and his mental decline. Could the point have been driven home without those specific words? Or were they key to showing how repugnant this individual's biases were?

Nov 25, 2018

It is lovely to have Barbara Kingsolver back with a new novel. She speaks with a gentle, wise voice and creates great characters. Highly recommended!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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