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The Overstory

Sprecher: Suzanne Toren
Spieldauer: 22 Std. und 58 Min.
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 2019

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Overstory by Richard Powers, read by Suzanne Toren.

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-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 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.

These four, 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.

©2018 Richard Powers (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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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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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.

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