Barbara Kingsolver weaved a wonderful story with something that intrigues everyone. If you can suffer the narrator long enough, the writing will pull you in to a point where the narrator no longer matters. The 40 year journey and growth of the Price ladies in the Congo is amazing, beautiful and tragic.
Written in the interspersed voices of three daughters and a mother transplanted to the Congo, this story sews its soul into you slowly. By the later chapters, your find your seams have become one with those of these women. Kingsolver gradually lays bare the American complicity in self-serving African politics, rending our hearts along with those of the Price women and the Congo. Yet, the novel leaves the door of hope open. Like those of Pearl Buck, these characters and this Central African country, will haunt a section of your consciousness for a long time.
it was just tough to keep up with
I really did try to read this book but it was slow and hard to get into. The speaker did a great job with the southern accents, however it couldn't overshadow the unexcitingness of the book
After having read this book a handful of times over the past few years, I was thrilled to be so enthralled with the audio version. Rachel, Adah, Leah and Ruth May come alive in amazing characters that draw you in, until the last line.
I bought the paperback a long time ago but did not get into it. Decided to try it on audible and could not put it down.. Great story.. Would recommend highly.. Last part of the book was alittle political BUT it is a great book.. Now one of my favorites..
This is a very popular book, and the majority of it is very well written. Kingsolver does and amazing job outlining the wildlife and bush around the Congo, and it paints a picture about as near to the real thing as you can get. I would have liked to see further development of some of the characters, the mother and father especially. These two pillars of the story bring a lot of emotional baggage with them, and while the consequences of their actions are very clear, I would have liked to be provided with better picture of their motives. A more developed back story for these two characters would have made me appreciate their impact more.
Overall, the author leaves the reader with a palatable understanding of the complexity and emotional toll that American missionaries, especially those in equatorial Africa, face on a day-to-day basis. Kingsolver describes the cultural, language, and general everyday living differences between American and Congolese people with extraordinary clarity.
Absolutely. It was a great story with a little bit of history and a little bit of perspective from both sides of the Congo mission situation.
The best characters were the daughters. The stories told through them were each different and because they were depicted as children, the stories were unedited in a way, as a lot of children's thoughts are. I would have liked more of a strong perspective from the mother in the story.
The littlest daughter! So cute and honest.
Yes, when there were deaths in the family and when the sisters came back together in the states.
I'm only a few hours into the book and starting to like it - but wanted to post that the narrator reads SO FAST that she doesn't give the listener time to absorb the material!
If you compare her to say, Julie Harris narrating "West With the Night", where Julie acted out the parts and read the narration so poetically - actually there is no comparison. I find myself not only having problems absorbing the material, I'm also trying to figure out which character is which, because she has pretty much the same voice for all of them. No inflection, just hurried reading.
I'm a constant listener and I've bought a lot of books from Audible. I really hope that feedback on narrators makes a difference, because I'm tired of rejecting books only because of the narrator's poor performance.
Retired lady in my 60s. Have the time to read now so I seem to be "devouring " books. Love my Kindle.
One of the better ones for holding my attention and helping me to experience a range of emotions
I think the way the 4 daughters and the mother each had their own story to tell adds their unique personalities.
At first I thought she read a bit too fast, but I loved her pronunciation and subtle changes in voice to identifywhich character was speaking. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed her reading.
Never really thoght about renaming it. The title is interesting and unique.
Loved the book.
I had read the book many times but my husband had not. I think it is a story that needs to be shared. We listened while on vacation as we logged over 1000 miles in the car.