Barbara Kingsolver has written a poignant history of the struggles in the Belgian Congo. Her characters are entertaining and believable. I found the dialogue very funny at times.
A must read for anyone interested in the history of the Congo. It is well researched and historically accurate
I thought the narrator did a good job in reading the dialogue, but I felt her narration had somewhat of a sing song quality.
Spectacular writing, the alternating characters are brilliant. The reading was a bit fast for me at first but my 15 min I settled in and was devastated when the story was over.
This book deserved a reader with an accent that matches the content. Can't handle readers who don't speak soft Southern sounds when it fits, pronounce words authentically, who don't fit the narrative.
Thanks to Barbara for another book that challenges fixed predispositions and knows women and girls. Practical, clear, no nonsense writing, rare as hen's teeth.
I liked that the characters of the mother and all four daughters were unique and distinguishable from one another and that the story was told from all points of view.
I absolutely loved the performance by Dean Robertson.
My only complaint is that the narrative dragged on after the climax - in a way that must have been intended to demonstrate how such a climax does not stop the whole story of a persons life - but as a reader it got a bit tiresome.
Overall I was very happy with this purchase.
I loved the descriptions of Africa. It gelt like i had traveled back in time. The Rev. Price shocked me at his ignorance and unChristlike ways which he did with the most honest intentions.
Ada's incredible desire to be acceptable to her mother, to be chosen, to be loved to be good enough was so heartbreaking.
Rachel's self centered youth, her self taught way of coping with life and doing so in her own admirable way is so different from Leah.
Leah who takes on the blame for all the wrong the first world has done to Africa and sets to work on making a real difference without any religion portraying more of Christ than her farther ever could.
It is an awesome book! Thank you Barbara for this work of art and for time i could spend back in Africa whilst listening to it. I would like to also buy a hard copy so that i can stare at some words for hours as they fill holes in my heart.
Sensational Multiple POV
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Intimate, close narration that treats the reader to the inner lives and the thoughts rarely shared of five extra ordinary women. Plus the history of the Congo and a compelling story.
Leah Price - strong willed, defies convention and societal norms, passionate, and dynamic.
I have discovered that listening to a book i enjoyed reading can bring a whole new understanding to the topic. The complexity of the plots will keep me entertained through a couple more readings at least.
I wanted to find out about the time when the Congo became independent (a period Belgians still refer to as "the events") and I was not disappointed. This story brings that period to life and shows us how little we learn from history.
The narrator has just the right tone and I had no trouble distinguishing the voices of the various characters.
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.