It's in the top ten.
The crazy father
I prefer Barbara Kingsolver to narrate but this narrator did it justice
This is a beautifully written story with rich and complex characters and settings read woefully by a narrator who read without feel or inflection in the first half of the book. The narrator seemed bored in the first half, and may as well have been reading a shopping list it was done with such dreariness. So many narrators could have done far more justice to this book. I do hope the author requests a re-read with a narrator who is more interested in the book than this one was.
this is near the top of my listening list. The characters are fleshed out and the description puts you right in the heart of the story. It is the first kingsolver book I've listened to and am glad I did.
I think my favorite character is Ada, Her silence and her perceptiveness are deep and rich. It's through her that you see all of the other characters in their true light.
What a great read!
I love The Poisonwood Bible - it's one of my favourite books of all time. I sometimes find the problem with audiobooks is that the narration can spoil your memories of a great book - however I found this version very well narrated. The stories of the four girls and their mother intertwined beautifully; the narrator didn't try to give each person too much of a different voice which I think would have sounded contrived. I highly recommend this book.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
An alternative type of book, off the beaten track that shows how far people will go to fulfill their egos in the name of religion. But a good story, that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Im a 39 year old self employed female who does a lot of driving and audiobooks make driving enjoyable for me. I enjoy conteporary and historical fiction as well as fun comedic romances.
this book took me a while to get into but once I did I could not turn it off. wonderfully narrated with a deep multilayered storyline that ihistorically accurate. My 13 year old daughter listened to the audio with me and enjoyed it so much she had purchased the book verson and it reading that. I see why this is a best seller, its one of those books you finish and you are a different person for reading it. I even look at a trip to the grocery store differently now.
A fine novel and I enjoyed listening. I've read it many times. Some of the peculiarities of the language don't come through in listening as well as they do in text, as with Adah - Ada. However, the narration was the least enjoyable part of this for me. It was clear and easy enough to listen to but lacked the sound of the south and distinction between characters that I would have expected and was also looking forward to. There is a sound to the South that needs to come across to fully appreciate what Kingsolver is creating in this novel. It was all rather too monotone - no syrup. It suited some characters, like Adah, but not all of them, not a little girl, Ruth, or the mother. I would have liked to be able to start listening at any point and know who was speaking in the novel just by the voice, as each chapter alternates between characters, but that was very rarely the case.
I would still recommend this because it is such a great story and fabulous writing, but I wouldn't recommend listening without having also read the book.
There is so much in this story it deserves at least a second listen if not a third or more. The charters are so completely developed. The story so portrays how sometimes we are well meaning but all wrong. So often we forget there may be system in place and just because we don’t understand or see it does not me it does not exist.
I don't know how I could pick a favorite character. There was so much good to find in the children each in their own way. It is hard for me to like the father in this story but without his mistaken judgments there would not have been a story at all.
This book touched me deep inside. While I do not see it as a sad story some may. Over all I felt the message is one of strength in adversity, learning to survive and understand others.
This is the second Barbara Kingsolver book I've listened to. The other one was Flight Behavior. I feel exactly the same way about both of these books. I was entertained while I listened to them, but afterward they left me feeling underwhelmed. Nothing in me changed because of these books. But perhaps my expectations are too high. I've listened to several interviews with Ms. Kingsolver and I found her to be quite entertaining and fascinating. I know that both of the books I've listened to by her are based loosely on her own experiences. I could listen to her tell stories about her real life all day long, but I could do without her books.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
This was an incredible book although hard to listen to at times. The unbelievable trauma that this family had to endure because of the father's close-minded beliefs and inability to think outside the box.