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The Overstory

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Suzanne Toren

22 Hours 58 Minutes

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April 2018

Audio Book Summary

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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  • David E.

    Plan on listening to this audio book when you have some big blocks of time as it is nearly 23 hours long with lots of characters in there own stories many of which are not brought together until the end. The narrator Suzanne Toren May be the best I've ever heard and the book would be worthwhile on just her talent. But the book stands on its own and I plan to buy and read it again soon. It's interwoven with cutting edge science that is also an important part of the story. It is a book about trees and the environment at baseline but filled also w people and complex relationships and truly a mystery how all will be brought to a cohesive ending. Happy ending to be determined!

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  • Anonymous

    Narration was phenomenal! The subject matter held me thru all 22 hours. Very thought provoking.

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  • Sara C.

    love this book! the narrator is really great for the most part but was a bit hard to listen to while she was imitating non-native english speakers

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  • Donna W.

    Fantastic, thought provoking book.

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  • Pedro P.

    Absorbing, characters and stories well develop. Book plots well related and balanced. Ending felt complete.

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  • Anonymous

    Author is well informed/researched, masterfully weaves lives of people and trees into a fantastic story. Audio book is a great accompaniment to gardening!

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  • Lauren C.

    A great book and a talented narrator. The narrator changes her voice to mimic children and a major character with a hearing problem and a resulting speech impediment. This means you'll listen to some fairly grating sections in a high pitched whine or fake deaf speech. You'll love this recording if you appreciate a dramatized audiobook, but it was a little much for me.

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  • Anne F.

    Take your time with this book, it is dense with a thoughtful storyline and expressive writing. You will never look at the trees in your backyard the same way!

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