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The Overstory

Lu par : Suzanne Toren
Durée : 22 h et 58 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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Brought to you by Penguin. 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

The New York Times best seller.

A wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe.

An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. An Air Force crew member in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan.

This is the story of these and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by the natural world, who are brought together in a last stand to save it from catastrophe.

©2018 Richard Powers (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Commentaires

"Really, just one of the best novels, period." (Ann Patchett) 

"The best book I’ve [listened to] in ten years." (Emma Thompson)

"Dazzlingly written." (Robert Macfarlane)

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  • L Barry
  • 14/10/2019

Enchanting, tragic, hopeful

Enchanting - I am an artist by profession, with a fascination for forests and trees and have done many works centred around this subject matter. Richard Powers' prose inspired an other world level of appreciation and awareness for me. I loved the intertwining stories of the main characters to trees and each other.

Tragic - A work of fiction I know, but so much of it is based on truths and reality. What humans do! Have done and continue to do to the environment. Every human should read this story.

Hopeful - That should people wake up to the true value of trees and breathe in the beauty and wonder of forests there will be hope. And having said that they will recover if left in peace, in spite of humans.

I do agree that there was a point at which the story could have ended earlier than it did but I for one was glad to hear more. In fact I listened to the book twice for any hidden intricacies that I may have missed first time round and to repeat the magic of the book's true heros : the trees. I loved it.

The reader's voice I found to be rather austere for my taste. If you feel the same (listening to the sample) don't let it put you off... she does a great job all the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02/08/2019

The most difficult book you have to read

This story is the literary mirror that you will struggle to look into. It's beautifully written; poetic at times and at times, pure story-telling in the ancient ways that stories were told. Full of myth-in-the-making it tells of the anti-heros that in time will become the seeds of gods. It will be very difficult to read at times because the truth hurts, but you will feel lighter, wiser and More when you are done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/07/2019

A remarkable and complex effort.

This book has changed my life (as it should). Haunting, dazzling, daunting, superb, devastating and so, so BEAUTIFUL.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 18/04/2020

Powerful story beautiful read

This is a real saga in the tradition of the great American novel. It's not always an easy listen, but it's well worth the effort. I am a fan of Richard Powers in anycase: he researches his books so well and I loved the narration.

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  • sally ohare
  • 13/02/2020

An inspiring awesome tale. Loveable characters <br /><br />

An important message for humanity told in an engaging way. Thank you. So much for the telling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30/03/2019

Could have been an interesting book...

I found it really difficult to finish the book. Although I like to general idea of the book — I really wanted to like it — I didn’t find the story and the naration engaging enough. I am also annoyed with the way the narrator mimicked different accents.

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  • Earnest
  • 19/01/2019

So important, but needs sustained attention

I loved this book but it is speaking to the converted. All the authorial devices used, I get. But. Many who should be learning what this book so earnestly attempts to teach, will give up because of its flaws.
What a shame. Most of it is so beautiful. But repetition and polemics repel many people, particularly if they don’t love trees. This tale will not convert them. So sorry.
The voice actor is splendid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24/12/2018

Changed forevet

Brilliantly written and read. I wished it could have lasted longer. Deserved rhe man booker prize.

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  • Mr. T. Eagling
  • 14/08/2019

So boring

Really well written , but so long , it didn’t need to be.

Also the narrator shouldn’t do Asian accents, like really shouldn’t .

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  • Alexander
  • 30/03/2020

Annoying and monotonous Voice, check before buying

Its hard to write about how I like the story, as the Speaker is very annyoing to me.
I was looking forward to hear the story but the Voice made it impossible for me to enjoy it.
I dont understand how such a highly praised book can be read by a Voice like this. Nothing personal Suzanne, maybe its just my personal taste. Check before buying!

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  • Patrick
  • 20/05/2019

great audiobook

however i didnt like that the speaker spoke in accents for the foreign characters and in (for a lack of a better word) hearing-disability accent for a character with a hearing disability. that was extremely offputting and frankly seemed kind of racist and ableist in 2019.

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  • J. Obst
  • 28/08/2020

Inspiring, epic storytelling

This novel reads like a true story of all of our lives. The individual destiny of each of the characters are woven into an unforgettable drama about the salvation of our ecosystem. Powers is a master of the language, and we can only be grateful that he has employed his artistic talent for such a worthwhile cause. Trees are much more a part of us than most of us are aware. This book should be required reading for every human on the planet.

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  • Uli V.
  • 11/12/2019

Simple amazing

Highly recommenable to anyone who cares for this planet. For anyone who cares to listen, to watch, and to act.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16/06/2019

Versuch ein Lehrbuch über Bäume in Romanform zu gießen

Dieser Versuch fällt sehr langatmig aus. Die verschiedenen Charaktere und Fäden der Geschichte werden nie wirklich zusammengefügt. Das Ende ist wenig befriedigend, im besten Fall wohl aufrüttelnd gemeint.
Allerdings gelingt es dem Autor, zum Nachdenken zum Umgang mit der Schöpfung anzuregen.