"Lyrical and compelling"
I enjoyed it. If the narration was a little flat, I wasn't put off by it and the fact that each subsection is preceded by a naming of the character involved helps in following the plot. The character of the four daughters is drawn out carefully, as is their development over time. The Congo and its people are far more than a mere backdrop; they shape the growth of Orleanna and her four girls, whereas the refusal of the father to attempt any sort of integration compromises not only his religious mission but also his family bonds. He fades slowly out of the picture, leaving Orleanna to face all the consequences.
I wasn't convinced by all the characters. I couldn't get into the head of Rachel, the eldest girl, and Nathan, the father, remains a cipher despite his backstory. Adah, on the other hand, is fascinating and her plays with words reflect Kingsolver at her lyrical best.
At times the book feels a little like a treatise on long-suffering motherhood and the second half seems nowhere near as strongly written but, overall, I thought it had real impact.
"Epic african story"
An epic tale of a baptist minister who takes his reluctant family of wife and four girls from Georgia to the congo in 1960. The story is told in the 5 female voices and all are changed by the experience. The book is not narrated as stated by Dean Robertson but ? by the author. All five voices are different, offering alternate perspectives on Africa The family disperses following a death. I found the story gripping but the second half not as satisfactory(a bit of a polemic). However I would strongly recommend this audio - it inspired me to read more of modern African history.
"I really liked this book."
I liked this book and felt that the author's narration didn't really take that much away from it. She is the author after all and the characters were given the voices she wanted them to have. I connected with all of the female characters and liked them and cared about what happened to them. I also did research on the history of the Congo as a result of reading this book. Along with The Help this is my favourite audio book so far.
"Great characters and story"
I loved this book. I was worried it would be depressing or long winded, but thankfully it wasnt. The story is interesting and the characters are great, with great moments of humour. The narrator was particularly good, really bringing the characters to life
What a wonderful story and really well narrated by the author. Was sorry when it came to an end...
"An absolute delight"
A delight from first to last. Fantastic characterisation, with a story told through various of the main characters' voices, with their different perceptions and feelings. Personal and compelling accounts of family and growing up, the impact of a tragedy and above all the influence of time and place, the time and place being late colonial and post colonial Africa. Highly recommended.
Hard to believe this could be fictional. Such vivid, endlessly layered narrative. History, philosophy, morality and tragedy flows from the story in incomprehensible waves. Stunning.
A story of uprising, gently told on many levels. A story that keeps on giving
"Compelling story beautifully told."
I first read the book about ten years ago and the atmosphere has stayed with me. To have it read to me so well for a second time was a treat. Don't miss out on this modern classic.
"Awful boring story"
There was nothing that really happened in it. I was reading and reading waiting for it to build into something but it never did. I was so bored but persevered. It's not worth reading unless you want to find out what it was like living in the Congo. For that it's great.
There wasn't one strong character or person that I wanted to stay in the story.
Not worth reading.