The book is great.
I did not like the audiobook format for this particular book (I've listened to over 70 audiobooks over the past several years and this is one of 2 or 3 I did not like). The book switches between different women, most of them children. The voice is EXACTLY the same. I just couldn't keep up. I was confused. After three hours... I quit and bought the kindle version.
The book itself is pretty darned good. There are so many neat phrases and sentences... which I totally missed during the audiobook version because they just weren't emphasized enough and the narrator is quite a bit faster than most other audio books. It may work for a dean kootz novel, but certainly doesn't work for this.
Take my review with a great of salt as there are a bizillion great reviews. :) Everyone is different.
Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
For me it was. i read the book 15 years ago and don't recall that the sense of place or the characters were as wll dveloped for me in w ritten form as they were in spoken form. The narratror was perfect with a soft southern accent and perfect timing and cadence. I did not remember the writing to be as beautiful as it was.
The story of the 4 daughers evolving in their different ways, each with their own unique story
It is very unusual for me to get ahold of a perect novel, like The Poisonwood Bible. This book has it all. The charaters are well-dveloped and all unique. The story is exciting. The issues that Kingsolver deaLs with through her story are relevant and important.. The historical backgound is fascinating. The prose is wonderful and occaiaonally brought me to tears as I was listening. This is a moving and improtant book. It's a book that I would listen to again.
I tried years ago to read this book but did not get far. I'm so glad I chose to listen to it. What an amazing story and the description of life in Africa is riveting. I enjoyed it thoroughly and learned so much.
Well written and informs about the history of the region. Good treatment of the effect of a strict religion upbringing.
All stories do not have happy endings but this story is real, raw, and although fictitious, it is hand held along side recent history which made it more interesting. Barbara Kingsolver's performance enhanced her story.
I read from other reviewers who disliked the narrator. I decided to buy it anyway, because I so loved the book when I read it years ago. The story is rich and I think the narrator is fine. I feel like her storytelling style is unmusical, a bit brusque, but still appropriate for this story. Totally listenable.
The strength of character revealed in the twin sisters.
The girls get together for a sister reunion and discover how different and yet alike they really are
No. It needs to be digested in segments
It seems like it could be a true story.
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I struggled through the first thirty minutes, and then, BAM! I couldn't get enough. Beautifully written and beautifully narrated.