I would rank it 5 on 1-10 scale
I enjoyed getting to know each character on a personal level.
My favorite character was the mother. She had nerves of steel.
The father because of his self centered delusions.
Long book but great from beginning to end.
Yes, it is a uniquely written story of how differing cultures, religion, and politics are often at odds yet fundamentally similar.
Ada was my favorite character. She sees the world from the sidelines but has a keen understanding of interpersonal relations that is more advanced than her age.
Interesting, eyeopening, beautiful
The background into life in the Congo
No, I really liked it all
very good story, engaging and good performance by the reader
"Deep calls out to deep ...", Psalms 42:7. Many passages from the Bible (including the Apocrypha) are quoted in The Poisonwood Bible to give insight into the characters and their thoughts. I don't remember seeing this one, but it is a passage that provides insight into my own thoughts as I read this awesome novel. I enjoy browsing reviews after finishing a book and I was struck by how polarizing this book was. This work of fiction certainly gives much to offend the reader, where few stones (of the human experience) are left unturned.
Some negative reviewers reacted to what appears to be an anti-American-Christian-culture message. May I suggest a different understanding? The newly landed, missionary family encounters a tree in the Congo that appears to be useful but the inhabitants warn the family away from the Poisonwood tree because it is poisonous to contact. This is a lesson that the all-knowing, father, with his colonialist mindset, learns slowly. I am left understanding the importance of learning the deeper role that factors play in this world; that accepting the surface message as whole can be dangerous. Good book.
everything, the story , the characters, the rich Congo history , the narrator nailed it the whole way thru! I had no idea he was a man. His readings made me enjoy the story even more.
Everything!! again I did not know he was man. He nailed the book for me..totally enjoyed the narrative and story immensely
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.