Flora & Ulysses

The Illuminated Adventures

DiCamillo, Kate

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Flora & Ulysses
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry-and that Flora will be changed too.

Publisher: [United States] : Random House, Inc., Listening Library, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780449015131
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (270 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Sands, Tara
Alternate Title: Flora and Ulysses


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Apr 20, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A sophisticated Alvin and the Chipmunks. It has some of the endearing qualities as Winn Dixie but a tad too corny.

Jan 05, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a perfectly fine story characterized by excellent writing--it's Kate DiCamillo, after all, so of course it is--but something about the tone rubbed me wrong from the beginning and I could just never get into the book. The overly melodramatic nature and heavy-handed quirkiness that just seemed too self-aware; it felt like it was trying too hard and never became what it wanted to be--the book felt to me like it was wearing a costume instead of being authentic. If that makes any sense. As with any book, some will like this and some won't. I'm in the won't but had to add a star in acknowledgment of the quality writing and confidence with which it pursues its appeal. Try it, maybe you'll like it.


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Jan 05, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"The Criminal Element" spoke often, and passionately, about the nefarious activities that every human being is capable of. Not only did it insist that the human heart was dark beyond all reckoning; it also likened the heart to a river. And further, it said, "If we are not careful, that river can carry us along in its hidden currents of want and anger and need, and transform each of us into the very criminal we fear."


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