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The Overstory

The Overstory

Written by Richard Powers

Narrated by Suzanne Toren


The Overstory

Written by Richard Powers

Narrated by Suzanne Toren

ratings:
4.5/5 (249 ratings)
Length:
22 hours
Released:
Apr 3, 2018
ISBN:
9781501982026
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

Pulitzer Prize winner…

Richard Power’s magisterial work is, ultimately, about being unable to see the forest for the trees. Except in this case, it’s human beings who are the trees, and trees that are the forest. Don’t worry; this isn’t an environmental polemic. Or maybe it is, but you’ll be far too engrossed in the writing to notice. “The Overstory” won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Description

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable 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 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.

Released:
Apr 3, 2018
ISBN:
9781501982026
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Richard Powers is the author of New York Times bestseller Bewilderment; The Overstory, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; and The Echo Maker, which won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; among many other novels. Powers has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction, and is a four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.



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Critic reviews

  • Take a long walk through the luscious forest in this engrossing (and Pulitzer-winning) novel. Richard Powers gives voice to the trees that are languishing due to climate change through a large cast of leaf-lovers. This story is bound to take root in your imagination.

    Scribd Editors
  • The 2019 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Richard Power's astonishing novel gives voice to the trees that are languishing due to climate change through a large cast of leaf-lovers. This story is bound to take root in your imagination.

    Scribd Editors

Reader reviews

  • (5/5)
    A magnificent story, heard from a truly wonderful voice, read aloud by a surprise wizard!
  • (5/5)
    By far my favorite book, and the voiceover artist is incredible on this audiobook. It takes a while to understand where things might unfold, and it's very worth the wait.
  • (5/5)
    Great story! And informative about the world we live in....
  • (5/5)
    This book is one for the ages. So beautifully written, so powerful. I found myself caught helplessly in the narrative and so grateful for it. I believe we must do more for our planet, but reading this framed the urgency of that need in a way I could understand more vividly, especially knowing that the need to protect our earthly co-habitators are the guardians of our own perseverance. I am absolutely reading this again someday after the first read sinks in.
    Shout out also to Suzanne Toren’s performance - she made each character come to life, accents and all, and made the nearly 23 hours of listening so enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    Sometimes flawed but engaging and important. Dramatically read with skill.
  • (5/5)

    3 people found this helpful

    Magnificent. An epic achievement that grasps heart and soul in a way that few novels have in a long time, and definitively changed how I look at the world. The story and vision are intertwined perfectly to pierce the veil of modern distracted numbness and remind us of what we all are but have forgotten.

    3 people found this helpful