Kingsolver is a skilled artist at weaving words together into a story with texture and color. I always feel enriched after reading one of her novels. The plot doesn't have to be about romance or mystery or history or fantasy. The story doesn't have to have a happy ending or tie up all the loose ends. It just has to connect with the human experience. Kingsolver knows how to connect.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
This is another book for which excellent listener reviews are already available but which I would like to call to the attention of anyone who may have missed them so far. (While I am on the subject, allow me to apologize to Westergren Viveca. The single negative response to her very interesting review came when my finger slipped. I wish Amazon would make it possible to correct such mistakes.)
One caveat. This is not a book which will slip easily into one ear while the other is atuned to traffic or a house full of distractions or the underdrone exigencies of a busy day. It is full of riches which will be missed by the casual listener. Perhaps this explains the problems some people have had with the narration. Dean Robertson brilliantly captures the rhythm, inflection and expressive idiosyncracies Kingsolver has written into these Georgia bred women and differentiates them in wonderful verisimilitude. Their words come alive in the voice of this gifted actor, and since the speaker is clearly named at the beginning of each chapter, no pyrotechnics of pitch or timbre are required to identify them. The result is a very truthful and telling characterization in every instance. Nor would a slower reading have served the text. These women do not speak slowly, savoring the poetry in their mouths. That bit of truth is one of the delights of this book. Just as with any really excellent piece of writing, there may be times when you want to go back. and dig a little deeper into the meaning and beauty. It is worth the time and effort.
That was a pretty long caveat, wasn't it! Sorry. But do consider treating yourself to Barbara Kingsolver's ravishing book sometime when you can really listen with both ears.
I couldn't get going with the printed copy of this book, but once I started listening to the audio version, I was instantly hooked. The narrator's reading with the Southern accent made the story come alive and I enjoyed listening to all 15+ hours of Barbara Kingsolver's story of Africa.
This was so poorly narrated I couldn't listen for more than just a little at a time, I kept trying to get 'into' it but never could and ended up not even finishing it; and usually I finish everything. Please head the advice of others to listen to the sample...
This was a good book however a different narrator or even multiple narrators would have made it easier to listen to. The narrator read like a computer, no personal touch. It took me a while to realize there were multiple people telling the story because of this. The story itself was good but a bit long. I am sure a different narrator would have made it a lot better!
When I read the description indicating that the book is set in the Congo, I was't at all sure it would be my cup of tea, but I was captivated in the first few minutes. Beautiful, intelligent writing. There just is nothing better. And the story is powerful! The characters, their story, the story of Africa - universal truths and wisdom galore.
The narrator did an excellent job of capturing the personalities of the characters as written by a brilliant author. I cannot recommend a book more highly than I recommend this one. If you have missed it before now as I had, don't wait any longer.
If the book would've simply STOPPED. There are plenty of ways the author could've stopped this book by rounding out their adult lives without telling about not only all minutiae of their childhood but ALSO the minutiae of their adult lives. The book dragged on & on with no ending in sight. Once the mom & daughters left the story should have wrapped up. NOT THE CASE. I lost interest & couldn't bear to finish the last 2 chapters. I stopped caring about all characters.
Ended it in a timely fashion. The way it goes and goes and no goes is mind-numbing.
Too darn fast
At the beginning none. At the end, all.
Won't be seeking out anymore of her books
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
One of the best books I've ever read/listened to. One of those rare books that for me, illuminated a new vision of the world I live in and my place in it. Would give more stars if I could. Powerful, deeply moving, inspiring, and a classic on par with the likes of "To Kill a Mockingbird". I know I'll sit with this one for a time and will absolutely have to read it again when I'm ready.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
This is exactly what I want from an award-winning novel! I was hooked immediately by the author's authentic southern voice and the way she expertly molded and shaped the four Price girls and their mother. The Poisonwood Bible was my kind of Southern Gothic fiction, but instead of being set in the American South, it was set in the Belgian Congo. If you decide to take this journey into Africa, expect Southern Baptist evangelism gone wrong, ignorant racism, the devolution of European colonialism, ex-patriot survival to the extreme, and the unmistakable bonds between siblings. Some readers were turned off by the apparently heavy-handed political tone of the book, but I was intrigued by the history of the Congo and the struggles of its people before and after Belgian occupation (and the impact of all on whites living in the country). There are images from this book that I will likely never lose - like a green mamba snake camouflaged in a tree and the distinctive light blue color of the inside of its mouth.