Everything! I love the setting in Africa. I love the flawed and diverse characters, and I love the descriptive writing style that made me feel like I had been to Africa.
The book is told from several characters' points of view and I grew to love them all. I couldn't pick my favorite anymore than a mother could pick a favorite child.
As an atheist, the title of the book turned me off at first since I expected the book to be more spiritual. It is spiritual, but not it the way I expected. I'm so glad I gave the book a chance because it was a very enjoyable read. I laughed. I cried. I felt connected to the characters and invested in their stories. Some reviewers have said that the end dragged on a bit, but I didn't mind the raveling ending because I wasn't ready to leave the characters.
Great way to learn a bit about life in the Congo.
Learn how to pronounce french words better, and alter her voice more when speaking for the different characters.
no - too long and not so engaging.
It is a great and complex story. There are times when it is slow, but stay the course, and you will be rewarded with a great book.
This is a great listen! The story is wonderful, the narration is great with distinctive voices for each character. The historic information is interesting and engaging!
Loved the narration by Dean Robertson. Her southern accent was superb especially when in Rachel's voice.
One of those rare books that you are sad that it ends.
This book tells a story of humans of all ages and cultures in their truest forms. From children to adults, Christian believers to those faithful to a religion we Christians cannot understand and often disrespect in our ignorance, Americans to Africans, the pretentious to the humble, and all those between. The story is so well-written because it captures what has always been wrong with the world and describes the raw emotions of those who strive to change it, while sacrificing their themselves to right the wrongs of others. Definite recommendation to read/listen to this book. Thank you for sharing your talent and memories of Africa.
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.