I just loved the story and the story line from 4 different points of view.
I did find it difficult to follow who is who especially at the beginning and would have needed 2 narrators and not just one to follow who is telling the story at any point.
Any way this is very recommend.
Very compelling story. Well worth the listen.
I so enjoyed the family dynamics in this story. So complicated and yet so simple.
You know the narration is well performed when you lose track of the voice and only hear the characters.
I was truly upset at both parents when it became clear just how disfunctional they both really were in their very separate and differenct ways.
This book is so well written and so well read! I couldn't put it down!
I drive and travel for work so audio books are a huge part of my life.
If this book had gone on for another 20 hours that would have been A-OK with me. I loved everything about this story and the characters. It's a fantastic book and another that I will revisit over and over again.
I would rank it 5 on 1-10 scale
I enjoyed getting to know each character on a personal level.
My favorite character was the mother. She had nerves of steel.
The father because of his self centered delusions.
Long book but great from beginning to end.
Yes, it is a uniquely written story of how differing cultures, religion, and politics are often at odds yet fundamentally similar.
Ada was my favorite character. She sees the world from the sidelines but has a keen understanding of interpersonal relations that is more advanced than her age.
Interesting, eyeopening, beautiful
The background into life in the Congo
No, I really liked it all
very good story, engaging and good performance by the reader
"Deep calls out to deep ...", Psalms 42:7. Many passages from the Bible (including the Apocrypha) are quoted in The Poisonwood Bible to give insight into the characters and their thoughts. I don't remember seeing this one, but it is a passage that provides insight into my own thoughts as I read this awesome novel. I enjoy browsing reviews after finishing a book and I was struck by how polarizing this book was. This work of fiction certainly gives much to offend the reader, where few stones (of the human experience) are left unturned.
Some negative reviewers reacted to what appears to be an anti-American-Christian-culture message. May I suggest a different understanding? The newly landed, missionary family encounters a tree in the Congo that appears to be useful but the inhabitants warn the family away from the Poisonwood tree because it is poisonous to contact. This is a lesson that the all-knowing, father, with his colonialist mindset, learns slowly. I am left understanding the importance of learning the deeper role that factors play in this world; that accepting the surface message as whole can be dangerous. Good book.
everything, the story , the characters, the rich Congo history , the narrator nailed it the whole way thru! I had no idea he was a man. His readings made me enjoy the story even more.
Everything!! again I did not know he was man. He nailed the book for me..totally enjoyed the narrative and story immensely
I never read the print version, but truly enjoyed this audible version. The narrator of the story does a wonderful, wonderful job in portraying each of the daughters' version of what is happening.
I don't want to give away the story, so I will only say the 'running from the Congo' after a significant loss.
I don't know of the narrator's works. (Dean Robertson is a male, and the narrator of my book is female).
When the family finally, after struggling, decides on a whim to actually leave the Congo after the loss of a family member.
This book is not an 'un-Christian' book as I've heard it said. Instead, it is a portrayal of how extreme Christian beliefs affected one family who serve on a mission to an extremely harsh (by US standards) environment.