loved the narrator and the story told in many voices - so enchanting poignant and timely as our world grows ever smaller and the crevices between cultures grow to ravines
Ranges from hilarious to serious and back again. Fiction, yet definitely insightful! I really enjoyed the narrators depiction of the characters.
Some reviewers complained about the narration, but I thought it was just fine. The narrator doesn't completely change character like some of the more amazing narrators I've listened to, but she does give different voices to the women, and I enjoyed her performance.
One of the best books I've "read" in a long time. Deserves its acclaim.
The narrator is excellent. I'm going to look up other books she's narrated
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I read it over a decade ago and revisiting it on audio was a pleasure. The characters are complex, I love learning a bit of history and subject matter gets you thinking. Love it.
I enjoyed listening to the narrator and found the story intriguing. Highly recommend to read and captivating. Would read or listen to more books from the author.
Highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in non-American cultures. A must read. I enjoyed the audio performance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it is different from what I normally read. It raises complex, theoretical and real-world questions of politics, colonialism, racism, culture and religion through the perspectives of a southern, early 1960s housewife and her three daughters. Each chapter is told from the perspective of each woman as she attempts to cope with moving from the deep south in the United States to Kilanga in the Belgian Congo with their missionary husband/father. Each integrates with the Congo land and people in their own ways, while each dealing with the heavy-handed presence of their father/husband. The book is beautifully narrated and is one of the few that causes you to contemplate the underlying characters and environment, even when you're not reading. The events in the book and the ending will leave you both joyful and mourning - it is not a book to be missed.
Honestly, I thought the narrator did a great job. I especially enjoyed her narration of Rachel. There were times in the beginning where I wasn't sure which girl was talking but after a few hours into the book I got the subtle differences in how they were voiced.
Ruth May and the snake, the driver ants and Rachel's engagement.
I thought her accent really reminded one of how far Georgia really is from the Congo in a way reading it wouldn't capture.
I thought it was a powerful book. Especially the relationship between Ada and her mother and the choice her mother made at one point in the book.
Definitely a worthwhile read. I didn't think I would like it but I ended up really enjoying it.