I never read the print version, but truly enjoyed this audible version. The narrator of the story does a wonderful, wonderful job in portraying each of the daughters' version of what is happening.
I don't want to give away the story, so I will only say the 'running from the Congo' after a significant loss.
I don't know of the narrator's works. (Dean Robertson is a male, and the narrator of my book is female).
When the family finally, after struggling, decides on a whim to actually leave the Congo after the loss of a family member.
This book is not an 'un-Christian' book as I've heard it said. Instead, it is a portrayal of how extreme Christian beliefs affected one family who serve on a mission to an extremely harsh (by US standards) environment.
A reading family. We enjoy a reading from a variety of family friendly, enlightening works. Mom, Dad, elementary and preschool listeners.
Enlightening, Entertaining, Complex
Kisses from Katie or Little Bee, but better than both in style, information and skill of writer.
Scenes abound, but the story told by the daughter Ava was just brilliant. The authors ability to differentiate personality and voice in the storytelling of different characters was very clever. The literary ingenious of this particular character made me want to rewind and re-listen to her story especially
No. I enjoyed swallowing the story in chapter sized bites.
This work was obviously born in the heart of the author to expose a western perspective on Africa that needs improvement. The variety of personalities telling the story helps to see the situation from different points of view which help to understand the whole picture from a broader perspective due to the contrast.
These are just a few of the narrators who, either individually or in a group cast, would have been far better options for this book. This could have been one of the best audiobooks of the decade, and it's a testament to the writing that it is still a great book despite the blasé narration.
This is a rare book because it is well-written, substantive, AND entertaining. It deals with colonialism and imperialism in all of their micro and macro forms. Like any good book, it does not preach, but instead raises questions, and it does so with nuance, sensitivity, and intelligence. In a global world run by economics and foreign policies, what are our individual responsibilities to ourselves and others on this earth with us? What harmful baggage do each of us carry out into the world? And what are the responsibilities of people on the margins - women, the underprivileged, and non-whites - even in the face of white male domination?
I read this book as a teenager and loved it, and returning to it I am thrilled to find that it has withstood the test of time. In fact, I got far more from it this time around.
Please, I urge you to read the book rather than listen to the audiobook.
please amazon, pay someone else to read this book. i wouldn't want to have a 2 minute conversation with Dean Robertson, let alone listen to her for 15 hours. I bought this book over the thxgvg weekend for $5 and still feel like i am being ripped off. i'm not sure that it would be any worse to just feed the book into a text to speech tool and listen to a computer read it. no emotion, no voice acting, no emphasis on funny or meaningful sections or anything that you would expect from someone who knows what they are doing. it sounds like a neighbor telling you a quick story over the fence - a neighbor you don't even like.
do not buy this audiobook
side note - it was recorded 15 years ago. for such an important book, isn't it time to re-record with someone who actually wants the job?
Educational, uplifting, inspiring
Oleana, the mother
I heard more than when I'd read it.
It made me laugh and cry and understand what was going on during that time period when I wasn't paying attention.
Yes, because I would not want them to miss such an engrossing story that is so well told.
Many moments both great and small.
The narration only enhanced an already incredible story. I loved her voices, the richness of her tones. Beautifully interpreted prose.
I had very strong reactions to this book and am looking forward to listening to it again some day. The author and narrator took me on an unforgettable journey that I will not soon forget.
Great book with very good narration. One of my more favorable books. If you have not listened...jump in and take the ride!
I think this book would have been very good, but the reader was horrible. Her timing was awful; it was like listening to a robot with a bad voice read for hours and hours.
If you are interested in this book, read it, don't listen to it.
A better narrator!
The narrator reads WAY too fast. The language is dense and lyrical and I had no time to absorb it. She also doesn't vary her voice at all for the various characters, making following who is speaking when very challenging.
I was grabbed from the first words! Now I know why I see this on recommended lists so often! I definitely will read more from KIngsolver, but know they may not top this one! The reader did a great job, though I would have loved a different reader for each of the girls/mom. I highly recommend!!!!!!