This book was amazing. I almost finished it in one sitting. I was wary at first because of the negative comments about the narrator's voice, but was pleasantly surprised. I actually found the narrator's voice especially suitable for the story. She sound like the characters she was speaking as.
I have never written a review before but for this book I will. I first got it at the library on cd and listened to it over and over again. On sale it is a must have for your audio library. The story is a mixture of history, religion, politics, culture and some parts that make you laugh out loud. I love the narration too. The story of an American family of six that travel to the Congo on a religious mission. The father is a Southern Baptist Preacher and a WWII vet. He has definite mental problems. The mother is the
I don't have much to add about the story that has not already been said. It's thoroughly engrossing on a number of levels, and you will probably irritate your family and others around you as you enjoy the marathon listen.
What I did want to take a moment to say is that, unlike many of the reviewers who wrote the reviews I find at the top of this list, I thought the narrator was perfect. I didn't think she read too fast - most often I took that as a convincing rendition of what a teen or a child would sound like recounting her part of the story. Certainly not distracting or difficult to understand. Also, what some took for monotone, I found more atmospheric and appropriate to life in this difficult, gritty place.
Do listen to the sample, but if you are unsure, forge ahead!
This is an utterly breathtaking novel and the performance of the reader is perfect. I hated to see it end and will be thinking about this book for a very long time. The writing is so great I often listened to portions over again just to hear the masterful way she uses our language. Love, love, loved it!!!
I really enjoyed that story told in so many different characters' point of view. I ignored how Us citizens were able to be so compassionate for their African counterparts. Bravo, one of my all time best listening.
Good story but I felt cheated on the ending. Also, the narrator reads very fast in some areas which was irritating at first until I realized it was an expression of one character's personality. Definately worth the time.
The way Kingsolver constructs sentences is pure magic. The story itself is fascinating, educational; the characters, developed to be known and loved...or hated. I fully enjoyed this book.
This book stopped me in my tracks a few times. I would often have to pause the audio and listen again. The writing is so incredibly well done, and the story was beautiful too. I am a faithful Christian and this book opened my eyes to so much in the way of God and how each of us feels something different. I loved the way each character had such a different voice. I LOVED the narrator, she was fantastic and I got addicted to her voice. I was entranced by the book, it was wonderful.
My 15 year old son and I have been listening to this during our recent travels. I had read about some folks being bothered by the narrator, but we were not at all. The book is such an adventure, has so many funny and ridiculous and heartbreaking moments, but it is never dull. I love the range of characters - even within just 1 family. We highly recommend it.