A Cognitive Science Master's student who loves learning more about his field, but has a great love for literature and science fiction.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far. One narrator with subtle changes to differentiate between characters. Perfect for sisters and their mother.
The different ways each of the sisters describe the same situation is compelling. Especially when Ruth May is involved near the end.
When Adah speaks to her mother who is clutching Ruth May and asks for Help.
Yes. Too many to count.
The thematic content of this novel is amazing. I feel like it is a great counter-thesis to Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness.
I love this book- I read it a few years ago and listened this time. It is probably one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. At first I didn't love the narrator, as she sounded too much like a teacher to me. But, a few chapters in, I changed my mind. The narration is perfect for this novel. Recommend.
I loved this hard bound book so much that I couldn't put it down and couldn't read another book for a month, because the characters were still so much alive (and I still had to mourn the ones that passed(
I loved this book so much that a year later I bought the audiobook just to hear it in my spare time. Sadly, I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes.
The style of a narrator can make or break a book listening experience. I'm grateful I read it first. This narrator felt pinched and strict and aloof, a disciplinarian. Maybe the author approved of her style, maybe it changes as the story professes, but I couldn't embrace it long enough to get there. Though the tale is tragic, there is so much to love here. I'll say again, try the printed word first on this one.
I tend to be a tough critic and was unsure about this novel due to its subject matter and scope. However, Kingsolver's language is profound. Some of the most affecting, surprising prose I've ever read. The story is both frustrating and triumphant, but it's the writing that steals the show. A masterclass in fiction.
I enjoyed the richness of this novel. It is a moving portrayal of the relationships between a mother and her daughters, between sisters. I enjoyed the characters. I also liked its magical description of central Africa and its portrayal of an important time in history. A time that is not well-known to Americans, yet nevertheless one in which the US played a key role. It has made me interested in learning more.
This page turner is a treasure. The story has everything one could hope for. The writing is fantastic, the language is musical and the reader does it justice. Enjoy!
Heartwarming + wrenching, worthy.
I think this book has just ignited a higher quality in book choosing for me, I am hungry for more. I was only reminded of The Hunger Games but only in similar feeling, not quality of words. After the book ended I immediately went to Google to pull up quotes! So much turmoil and loss, preciousness of life, and the strength of those girls!
I saw in another's review that someone thought Dean Robertson's voice was monotonous. It was a little, but really it was exactly appropriate. It reminded me of listening to someone talk about living through the Dust Bowl. These are traumatized people! It was appropriate for the dry humor that kept me delighted! Also perfectly appropriate for the numbing grief! She didn't sound very old but the accent reminded me exactly of how my grandparents speak, pronouncing words just a bit sideways. I loved her narration!
Yes. But how can I spoil it for you. But here is one of my many favorite quotes. "A first child is your own best foot forward, and how you do cheer those little feet as they strike out. You examine every turn of flesh for precocity, and crow it to the world. But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after--oh, that' s love by a different name. She is the babe you hold in your arms for an hour after she's gone to sleep. If you put her down in the crib, she might wake up changed and fly away. So instead you rock my the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams. Your heart bays to the double crescent moons of closed lashes on her cheeks. She's the one you can't put down."
This is my life amplified to an extremely traumatic level~ I am a mother with blue eyes and four daughters who follow me in a row on adventures into the wilderness. I married on the foundation of religion and my husband went away to the Army and war and forgot he was ever kind. We've followed him, miserably leaving behind the lives we tried to settle into, winding up with unexpected ones. We never went to Africa but I too gained a back bone after too many years staying for the same reasons Orleanna did. My youngest has also said "I wish he wouldn't come back." Unlike the story, my husband did a 180 as soon as he saw I was serious about leaving and never went back to his mean ways, which still has me in shock, it's been five months. I am also a stronger person, I say whatever I want not afraid of any God or him, like Orleanna! I came to a similar conclusion on God as Lea did, and I was once as fervent to Jesus! And I still hold my baby who is now about Ruth May's age, Hazel, waving her flag of babyhood forever more! Actually she is growing, and at the age to push me away, seven. We live on a mountain at the edge of desert and I warn them of snakes and black widows and predators all the live long day and they think I'm silly to worry! This year we got chickens for the first time and they just started laying delicious tiny eggs! I loved how the author described this arrangement in the book, man came and killed him and made slaves of his wives. Sorry. The girls raised them from chicks and they treat them as their children. I hope this book has been enough to teach me that we have enough, I will try to retain and remember the lessons of The Poisonwood Bible as if I lived them, my life's mirror may help me remember!
struggled to start it in the begining but after the first few chapters I fell in love and I couldn't put it down I finished it in two days and when it was finished I was crying partially because it was finished and because of the ending it was such a good book !!!!
This book has some poignant moments however the overall darkness theme, glass half empty woe is me is disheartening to say the least and is not represented in the description. Rather than triumph in adversity they embellish every negative thing and stereotype.