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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged edition (April 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407463306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407463308
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,514,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I LOVE BOOKS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 13 2008
Format: Paperback
I'll admit I'm not so much into nature-related books, but this tale took me completely by surprise, and a very pleasant one at that! My first book by Barbara Kingsolver and a discovery in every sense. Three different stories run on parallel grounds in the space of a summer and unbeknownst to the characters, they are all intertwined by the magic power of love and nature.

Three tales that gracefully connect with each other without ever being confusing for the reader, starting from Deanna, a reclusive forest ranger in the Appalachian mountains who loves her solitude and job but is taken aback by the unexpected meeting of a young hunter with whom she falls, reluctantly, in love. Then there are Lusa and Cole, newly married and living on his inherited farm. A twist of fate and Lusa's life changes dramatically and unexpectedly. And finally, old and widowed Mr. Walker (my own favorite character), a grumpy man in his eighties obsessed by his neighbor, Miss Rowley, whose attitude to life in general combined with her numerous apple trees seem to be there just to annoy him.
These are the cores of the tales, but all is layered in a triumphant description of mountain/farm/country life.

Different subjects are explored, loss, love, affection, strength, fragility, our place and meaning on this planet, as important and valuable as the one of a single little bug living under a leaf. All is delivered by a poetic and effective prose, embracing colors, smells, sensations and feelings in a powerful, yet delicate, way. Some episodes are definitely humorous, others so wise and profound, they bring tears to your eyes. Very touching.

A wonderful tale which celebrates life in all of its forms, a positive message and a hidden reminder that we should all be more appreciative of what, and whom, we are surrounded by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28 2004
Format: Paperback
A Prodigal Summer written By Barbara Kingsolver is a very well written book. The language used in the book is so descriptive it is poetic. Though the writing is beautiful it caused me to lose concentration in the very first and last chapter.
After I worked past the beginning I was very interested in two out of three of the main plots in the book. The most interesting plot was about Deanna, she is a lady who works for the forest service. She lives there alone in the mountain right above a small town.
The second plot tells a story about a lady named Lusa. Lusa goes through a series of hardships,she works her way through depression and the harsh opinions of her husband's family.
The third plot tells the story of an ornery old man who isn't fond at all of his next door neighbor Nanny .In the beginning I didn't care for the plot but eventually the story slowly tells of his past and throughout the book he learns to be more accepting of Nanny and her way of thinking.
At the end you see how the three plots begin to collide.
All around the book was interesting and through most of it, the book kept me wanting to pick it up again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla on Nov. 4 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! An audio book of Kingsolver reading Kingsolver! Prodigal Summer is so wonderful that I am parceling it out to myself, tape by tape, for I cannot bear for it to end.
The hill accents, the actual bird songs, Kingsolver's wonderful prose -- and a storyline that only disappoints when the focus shifts to a new subplot and leaves me wanting to hear more about the people I was listening to! But wait -- the new subplot is just as interesting, the characters just as enthralling. I shall never listen to the coyotes in my woods with the same jaded ear, nor dismiss a moth as just a moth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Obrien on July 19 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has 3 great stories that are intertwined so creatively. I really enjoyed this book, and have not read one this good in a long time. Barbara Kingsolver definately weaves her ecological opinions into her stories, but I believe they fit right along with the stories. This book was so good, it actually made me want to move to West Virginia and live on a farm! And I am a total city girl!
I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HappyHeart on April 16 2004
Format: Paperback
Just days after recovering from the miscarriage of my first baby, I started reading this novel. My plans had been to save it as one of my "must reads" for this coming Summer, but after coming off days of bedrest, I grew anxious and openend the inviting cover. Four days and four hundred and something pages later, I have to acknowledge this novel as one of the BEST I have ever read. The author writes of captivating characters that make it difficult to put this book down. I laughed... I cried... I was comforted by her unbelievable way of touching a healing heart. I commend her for her talent, and highly recommend this to anyone who's been searching for that one book you know you will always remember.
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Format: Paperback
A wonderful novel!!! I picked it up on a whim and loved every second. I will definately check out her other works.
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By Jay on July 12 2004
Format: Paperback
What an enriching book this is, informed by a compassion for all that lives. Her writing is poetic and nuanced, like the subtle connections that give meaning to all life on planet Earth. Her book pulses with this cohesive life-force. Unlike other reviewers here, I was not bothered by any obtrusive ecologocial preaching. The interconnectedness of all creation is the foundation for the story, speaking in as compelling a voice as Carson or Thoreau. Each of the three storylines achieves a momentum not unlike the growth of any living being. As we are all challenged to do in life, each character achieves increasing comfort with his/her frailties and learns to reach out and love -- and be available to be loved -- more easily. I am grateful that Kingsolver writes. I look forward to reading another of her creations.
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