If you are a Christian who struggles with faith, this is not a good book for you. You constantly have to remind yourself that it is just a book and not something that really happened to people trying to put their trust in God.
I really loved it; however, it became too depressing. I loved her writing style and the poetic nature of everything. I would have apprecieated more moments of joy throughout the book.
Fiction such as this rates very highly.It was a title I had heard mixed reports about but no recommendations of it as an audible book. Great audio book.
The tragedy - so many lives sadly impacted by one selfish person's desires.
Haven't listened to other performances by this person.
It already has a perfect title. Why would I rename it?
The people reading the story the flow
I agreed with the daughters & their Mothers opinion on the whole idea of going to Africa to "save" those that live there*!?*!
I would rexommend this book
I ordered this book on impulse without knowing much about it. I was shocked that I had not heard of this book before. My uncle was in the African Congo as a minister about the same time. When I brought the book up at a family dinner I was the only one that hadn't read it years ago. I will read it a gain. My daughter is planning go into ministry in Africa soon. This book gives some personal context to the history we have been studying.
I followed the judgment of the reviewers on this one. I would not have purchased Poinsonwood from the description alone, since the topics of Africa and missionaries normally are not on my hit parade. I found this book engaging from the first chapter. And, took advantage of even small time openings in my day to listen to just a little more.
The story is told from the view of several different family members. it really works well. In the beginning I was angry that a mother would put her children in the dangerous spot they found themselves. But my the end, I understood why she, herself, was trapped, with few choices. And, I wanted to cheer when, after much heartbreak and death, she did do the right thing.
Also, something unexpected happened for me with this book, This author made me feel like I was right there. I learned a great deal about Africa and the Congo, and enjoyed every minutes of the trip.
No. The story itself was interesting, but so long that I was bored. I had to make myself finish it.
The book seems to be broken up by who is speaking, but it took me a long time to figure that out. The speaker does not change voices for each character, and they don't have much of a pause between characters, so if you aren't listening really carefully, you are just confused as to why the story has changed.
I read this book about 15 years ago and was moved by it. The story really held my attention and it's so creative to write each chapter from the viewpoint of one of the characters. I decided to listen to it this time around and I am even more captivated by this book. It was a life changer for me. I love reading about history and even though this story is fictional it is set in the historical background of Africa. This is a fascinating read that opened my eyes to the ways of another culture. This is one of my all time favorite books.
Barbara Kingsolver is an excellent writer. Sometimes a little slow to get into, but always worth the effort. A good story, thoughtful, and very well written.
I don't know
the suspense of not knowing f she's going to live or die
it was fast and exciting listening
This was a really excellent audiobook - one of the best I have heard. The story is told through the perspective of each of the female characters and gives you the chance to observe their world from their very different vantage points. The narrator does an incredible job switching between characters and giving the story even more colour and depth, and the rich history of the region comes to life as we travel through the Congo.