The Overstory by Richard Powers audiobook

The Overstory

By Richard Powers
Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780393635522
22.97 Hours 1
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A monumental novel about reimagining our place in the living world, by one of our most "prodigiously talented" novelists (New York Times Book Review). The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred 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. These and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by trees, are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. There is a world alongside ours-vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize

A New York Times bestseller

A London Guardian Pick of the Top 10 Books of Eco-Fiction

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A Literary Hub Pick of the 20 Best Novels of the Decade

A Newsweek Pick for Summer Reading

A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club Pick

Finalist for the 2019 Indies Choice Book Award

A Midwest Indie Bestseller in Fiction

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Millions.com Pick of Top Ten Must-Read Books of the Month

A monumental novel about reimagining our place in the living world, by one of our most "prodigiously talented" novelists (New York Times Book Review). The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred 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. These and five other strangers, each summoned in different ways by trees, are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. There is a world alongside ours-vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Monumental…Using the tools of the story, he pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility.” New York Times Book Review (cover review)
“A rousing, full-throated hymn to Nature’s grandeur.” San Francisco Chronicle
“An extraordinary novel…There is something exhilarating, too, in reading a novel whose context is wider than human life. The Overstory leaves you with a slightly adjusted frame of reference…even after I put it down.” Guardian (London)
“This ambitious novel soars up through the canopy of American literature and remakes the landscape of environmental fiction.” Washington Post
“A masterwork sculpted from sheer awe…The Overstory will convince you that we walk among gods every time we enter a forest.”- Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Thoroughly compelling.” Boston Globe

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Author

Author Bio: Richard Powers

Author Bio: Richard Powers

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

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Author Bio: Richard Powers

Author Bio: Richard Powers

Richard Powers is the author of a dozen novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Overstory. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and he has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a four-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He has received a Lannan Literary Award and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction. He is a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Letters, and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 22.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English