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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,926 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Kingsolver Narrator: Barbara Kingsolver Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780060894610
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Homeland and Other Stories offers comic, often heart-warming but always true to life tales told as only the author can, creating a world of love and possibility that listeners will want to take as their own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kingsolver’s humanity sounds the clearest note...telling us about characters in the middle of their days, who live as we really do, from one small incident of awareness to the next.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Kingsolver understands...the significance of the ordinary, the fleeting moment that may become lost or become catharsis. She writes with refreshing clarity, humor, and honesty.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Every [story] supports Kingsolver’s newly won reputation...Her perceptions are touching, her phrases felicitous, her characters memorable.”

    Arizona Daily Star

  • “With this dazzling array of stories, demonstrating a wide range of characterizations, settings, situations and narrative voices, Kingsolver confirms the promise of her astonishingly accomplished first novel, The Bean Trees. Most of these dozen tales ring with authentic insights, leaving the reader moved, amused, or enlightened. Kingsolver’s knowledge of human nature, and especially domestic relationships, is breathtaking...Kingsolver handles every other narrative device with delicacy and subtle skill.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kingsolver’s voice is sure and her narrative skill accomplished. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Kingsolver’s voice has remarkable range...Her stories are sharply defined and deftly constructed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/11/2014

    " I read this a long time ago, and don't recall being overly impressed, feeling that she is better with the novel. However, some of the reviews make me want to read it again, since I really do like short stories. I will re-rate it if I need to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 2/11/2014

    " Love this author, but this was not my favorite book by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/11/2014

    " Kingsolver started out with a bang in this collection of short stories. There are parallel's among stories, reoccurring characters, and complementary themes. But some of the later stories just drag on, with seemingly unrelated themes - it feels that they were tacked on to make the book a decent length. Oh well. It's still worth reading, even if you only read the first few stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/5/2014

    " A great collection of short stories by the wonderful Barbara Kingsolver. Most of them deal in some way with choices women make in love and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David E. Starr | 2/4/2014

    " Some very good short stories from one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/31/2014

    " Subtlety is Kingsolver's strength, and she does it especially well in short stories. I didn't care for all the stories in this collection, though all were enjoyable. It particularly appealed to me because Kingsolver chose to concentrate on people in small towns, and she must have lived in one herself, because her detailed nuances of personalities and relationships were completely accurate. My favorites were the title story, Islands on the Moon, and Why I am a Danger to the Public. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Camille | 1/25/2014

    " I've never read any Barbara Kingsolver before, and I don't think I will again. These stories were just depressing. Even the stories that weren't about people doing horrible things to other people still had a vaguely sinister tone to them. I don't mind demoralizing stories when they are written well... Roth's Everyman, for example. However, I wasn't impressed with Kingsolver's writing, so there wasn't anything to redeem the stories. I got tired of the fact that almost every single story in the book had the same tone to it. I would have liked a little more breadth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/22/2014

    " A great collection of short stories; the characters are vivid enough that the reader can connect with them in the space of a few pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 1/21/2014

    " As with all short story collections, some are better than others. I think I like her novels better than her short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willow | 1/20/2014

    " This is good but not as good as her others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2013

    " This is yet another brilliant example of Kingsolver's writing. It's a collection of short stories and the main characters including both genders and all ages. I enjoyed each story as a quick glimpse into that person's life and love Kingsolver's use of imagery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/25/2013

    " I love Barbara Kingsolver. She speaks my language. This collection of short stories - all of the ways we may or may not find home - is beautiful and simple. No matter where we came from we can find ourselves in each story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 12/21/2013

    " good short stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine Holden | 12/21/2013

    " Wonderful capture of dialogue. Kingsolver's characters are alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/21/2013

    " Kingsolver loves her characters. Trouble is, she pulls you into them enough that you want to stick with them, not just for a short story, but for the rest of the story. Damn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/8/2013

    " Not into short stories but I liked a few of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed these short stories--I pretty much love anything by Barbara Kingsolver. Some of the stories definitely resonated with me more than others, but I have to admire the breadth of topics and perspectives she used throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/21/2013

    " This is an anthology of some of her early (1980s) short stories that appeared in various periodicals before being compiled. My favorite was "Bereaved Apartments". Still like her novels Bean Trees, Animal Dreams and Pigs in Heaven the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 7/16/2013

    " just re-read this after 14 years and got a lot more out of it, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorene | 7/4/2013

    " She makes me feel like I'm wearing my robe and slippers when I read her stories. (A good thing!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 6/19/2013

    " Kingsolver writes beautifully in this book of short stories. Very touching glimpses of life--mostly in the south. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 5/3/2013

    " Her novels are better but this was OK in a pinch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 1/3/2013

    " Some of the stories were sweet, in her transparent, elaborately descriptive sort of way. The rest could've been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 10/6/2012

    " While some of the stories - "Survival Zones," for instance - make it to my list of favorite short stories, many others were repetitive or just plain boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larrirosser | 7/4/2012

    " I enjoyed this immensely. Kingsolver is just as good with short stories as she is with novels and I envy her that. I also appreciate the strong, flawed and utimately successful women who populate her fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.R. Cornelius | 5/14/2012

    " Read all four books in the series. It's about modern day Indians on a reservation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 5/10/2012

    " Lots of these short stories are set in the Midwest and I first read this while I was in Haiti, and it made me very homesick - in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Pearce | 1/10/2012

    " For me, this was only OK. The writing was great, as Kingsolver's always is, but I'm really not a short story person, so not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannan | 11/1/2011

    " not that good, don't bother "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. | 8/28/2011

    " A collection of fantastically written short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/12/2011

    " Not my favorite kingsolver. She voices we're at times inauthentic and I felt confused about whether the characters were all connected. My favorite story was Rose-Johnny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/20/2011

    " I loved these short stories by Barbara Kingsolver! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Almeda | 5/1/2011

    " Barbara Kingsolver creates such good, credible characters! I'm not always able to read several short stories back to back, but these are all good page-turners. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 3/7/2011

    " definitely my least favorite Kingsolver fiction so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 2/8/2011

    " I liked reading this, but it's not one of my favorites of her books because it's a little uneven. There are a few stories that are completely compelling - the story about the couple deciding whether they want to have children just haunts me - but there are one or two that barely held my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 1/22/2011

    " Love this author, but this was not my favorite book by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 1/7/2011

    " Not nearly as impressive as Kingsolver's other pieces! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fayth | 11/19/2010

    " I love short stories, and this is a collection of gems. Barbara Kingsolver creates characters so captivating and beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 10/13/2010

    " For me, this was only OK. The writing was great, as Kingsolver's always is, but I'm really not a short story person, so not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannah | 8/5/2010

    " I read this about 4 years ago. I usually don't like short stories, but anything Kingsolver writes is fantastic no matter the length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 7/18/2010

    " Read the first story and loved it, looking forward to the rest... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 7/11/2010

    " Short stories. I generally love Barbara Kingsolver’s writing, but didn’t find these stories too great. Luckily each one was short. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.