took me a while to get into, but once I did I really enjoyed it I like how Kingsolver writes from inside her characters
did not read the print version
When the girls had to leave there home in the Congo.
All female characters were outstanding as well as father.
The mother because of her quiet tolerance.
You may agree or disagree with their live decisions but this book offers so much insight and narration is outstanding.
Yes. I will listen again - I really enjoyed this book - the characters were vivid and believable and the cultural setting done very well. The story was unique and told so well that you'd believe it was a recounting of real life
there were many
No, but I would listen to others
none made my favourite, I felt them all
NO, VERY DRY boring narrator. No change of tone for different characters. She "reads" very well.
Sure @ RED box
The narration was very good but the information - the story - the historical context was little short of astonishing.
Adah, the "damaged" twin, although every character offered insights or a viewpoint that elucidated the whole.
She managed to convey multiple characters with attitude rather than vocal tricks. Also, with a very dramatic story, she never overdid it, which of course makes the drama all the more potent.
amazingly, yes. After the first third or so, I couldn't get free of the images, I had to know what would happen next.
I'm a reasonably well-read, critical, politically-aware adult raised in the '60s, and while I knew enough to suspect our country's conduct in central and west Africa was undoubtedly more expedient than just, the circumstances of this story, the historical context, were a revelation to me. Not entirely surprising, just appalling.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, phenomenal story and wonderful humor even through the difficult times. I laughed and I cried, but mostly enjoyed. I loved the fact that the narrator read the story rather than tried to act out the different voices. Because of the way it was written you knew who was talking. I found it refreshing and believe my listening enjoyment was enhanced by having Dean Robertson read to me!
I really enjoyed going back and forth amongst the character's points of view. This could be funny and heart rending at times. I felt so sorry for Orleanna. How could she go to Africa without a Plan B???
This is a richly woven story which is at times poetic when you read the point of view of Adah. It is informative and eye opening when you read about the history of the Congo. It made me wish to see what Africa would have been like if European explorers hadn't been so greedy to colonize and take it's natural resources including enslaving it's people.
But I love how richly layered Kingsolver made this book. You can read it for the interactions of the family as they move into the Congo for their father, Nathan Price, to realize his dream of missionary work amongst the people of the Congo. You do read about the history of the Congo and it's struggles for independence. But this a novel rich with interesting metaphors. It isn't a downer of a book. It isn't depressing, it is in many ways a triumph of the heart story of survival.
Nathan Price's journey into the Congo could be compared to the European explorers. He came there to do all the people a favor and conquer them with the Bible and God's word. But he never took the time learn the culture of the people or care about them and their customs. He didn't respect them and their superstitious beliefs. He didn't try to see them as people with reasons for doing things the way they do. I kept thinking that Nathan Price was just like the Pharisees in the Bible : self righteous and superior to everyone. It made me have no sympathy, empathy, or affinity for anything he was doing there. His work becomes laughable amongst the people. They ultimately don't respect him either.
Nathan Price isn't given a voice in this book. His story is told from his 4 daughters and wife who all go with him into the Congo, without wanting to go. His idea of God colors everyone's opinion of God and warps it. I do wish Kingsolver had given one chapter at the end to Nathan Price to have a voice. I wish he would have had regret or something. I felt their was no redemption for him and he got what he deserved. If he had a voice at the end, maybe we could respect him a little. But if he was doing God's work, why did he abandon his children and wife again and again? He didn't protect them or provide for them at times when they needed that.
This is a book that caused me to think. It made me think how important it is to to try to know the people around you before judging what you think to be their motives for doing things.
There were times when this was a funny book in terms of a chuckle here and there because the characters are richly drawn, you really get to know them. So things they say and do are fun to read and imagine.
I felt so sad for Orleanna though. So often life just seem to happen to her without her standing up for herself. Eventually she does stand up for herself and her children and is so desperate that she puts everyone in danger because she hasn't planned how to proceed, i.e., how to escape.
This book is well read by the narrator. This is an excellent book , rich and provocative , and a great one for a Book Club to read and discuss. Highly recommended.
This is a beautiful story. It takes you into the lives of a mother and her four girls. Each girls tells her story of life in Africa, where they were sent from Georgia. They all lived the same but each has her own unique experience. The book takes you into their world, showing you the beauty of Africa, and the hardships they endured. The narrators give life to each character making it an entrancing listen.
I can't choose a favorite character. They were all equally interesting in their own way.
I read this book several years ago, and yet it still made me cry when I listened to it.
This may be my all time favorite book, and is definitely my favorite audible book.
Perhaps the reader could have done a better job breaking the segments between the characters. Most of them had either the same voice or tones so similar it was hard for me to tell them apart.
How Robertson read for each of the characters was strikingly similar. It made it hard to get a sense of each of the characters as individuals.
Despite issues in following the characters, the story was compelling and well told from multiple perspectives.
I think this would be an easier book to read than to listen to.
Possibly if by a different narrator.
Hurried, clipped, unemotional, no variety of voice or cadence for the different characters