giving up on the audio version. The narrator doesn't differentiate well by either voice or rhythm between the 5 speakers providing the first person presentation of the story. This book has been highly recommended by family, but I can't speak to the story since I couldn't get into the audio version. I'll read it in print..
I'm not a reader. This was a struggle for me to get into. With the audio book however, I read the whole thing in less than a week. It broke my heart and almost brought me to tears at times. Definitely worth reading
One of my favorite books, and the audio version did not disappoint. Excellent narration of an amazing novel.
Possibly the best book I have ever read and then listened to years later on audible.
The history of events that occurred in the history of the the Congo/Zaire/DRC are tragic and thought provoking. King Leopold's Ghost by historian Adam Hochschild is another book that will shed light on the tragedy that unfolded in the Congo.
A fascinating depiction of missionary work gone wrong and the true lesions to be learned by the family as told through each of the females perspectives.
The story weaves in cultural differences and at times surprising deeper rooted similarities between religion, personal struggles and medicine. The time span covers from the 1960's through the 1980's and covers politics and history as seen and effected by each of the characters.
The story was captivating until the last quarter of the story where is seemed to drone on in perspectives as what appeared to be strong efforts to wrap things up while having so much more that the author wanted to communicate to the readers.
I did enjoy the story and learning the history of the Congo.
Although I've finished listening to the Poisonwood Bible, I find myself replaying chapters each night. Instead of watching television or movies, I replay TPB over and over. Yes, I have many other books to listen to, I'm having difficulty detaching myself from TPB's characters. The Price sisters, their individual and collective stories, were interesting and involving. Often times, while listening to the novel, I imagined myself there in the Congo, living with the characters and sharing their exploits. TPB is a historically factual and accurate body of art.
When one of the Price girls dies, I felt such sorrow and grief. Her death was unexpected. I felt empathy toward their mom. I learned to dislike their dad, the stoic, cold, bible verse spouting Pastor Price.
This is my first listen to a Dean Robertson performance. DR's narration has a lot to do with this book's enjoyment; it is lively, humorous, thought evoking, full of intonation and draws you into the story.
To be honest, I thought this was a true "Bible," not a novel. I happened on it quite unexpectedly. But I'm so glad that I did. I didn't want to finish TPB quickly. A good book takes time to absorb and digest. I found myself researching historical and geographical facts relating to the story.
Barbara Kingsolver made me re-evaluate whether I have genuine talent to pen stories and novels. Her work was well researched and not page after page of jibberish and corn. I realize now, how a good book can convey emotions, entertain and inform without being salacious or stodgy. The Poisonwood Bible, in my opinion, is an example of writing at its best.