I have loved every book by Barbara Kingsolver, but I was half way through this one still waiting to love it. I couldn't stand the main character and her endless whining about her life. It all seemed to trite. And the names of the characters were so absurd it made me feel like the author was making fun of the poor, that they would name their children such stupid things. I just felt angry listening to the book and not at the book "bad guys." Every character was either good or bad, ignorant or brilliant .One dimensional. I gave up.
If you are a huge Barbara Kingsolver fan, you may enjoy it.
No, not this genre but maybe the author.
I would have preferred another reader, as I found Barbara Kingsolver's voice and her attempt at different accents with the various characters distracting.
The characters were well developed and by the end, you felt you knew them.
The book seemed an odd mix of plots, with one story being life on the farm, and another somewhat disconnected one about butterflies. I felt I was being preached at about environmental issues.
Luminous writing pulls you in from the beginning. I just wish there was a better narrator than the author.
She should stick to her day job as a writer and leave the narration to the professionals. I hope Audible will re-record this book with someone else. She did a poor job distinguishing between the character's voice and her accents for Ovid Byron was not convincing.
Story is great. Wish I had read it as the author is the narrator and is poor especially her Jamaican (?) accent.
If this is never rerecorded with a professional narrator, read it instead. Sorry I love audio books but.....
Journalist, consultant and audible addict.
Barbara Kingsolver is one of the great writers of her generation. Why does she insist on recording her own audiobooks?! Her voice is monotonous and causes the reader (or at least this one) to loose the thread of what is almost always an engaging storyline.
Each time I download a new Kingsolver book I hope I will have a more positive response to her narration. Instead I find these are great narrations for easing me into my Sunday afternoon nap.
We should all play to our strengths, and allow others play to theirs. Dear Ms. Kingsolver please spend your valuable time writing more books, and allow narrators and actors to record them.
A fan of your writing.
Beautifully written, as always...
I've read many of her books, loved most of them.
I don't know narrators names, but Kingsolver's sing song, immature voice is NOT right for this book.
I have found this book riveting. Barbara Kingsolve really brings home the effects of global warming. It also demonstrates how our domestic economic policy places struggling farm families between a moral rock and a hard place.
I love being read to in the author's voice.
Kingsolver is not a professional reader; she should leave that art to an expert. She tries too hard to pronounce every work carefully so the flow of her own language is lost. The book is worth reading, but the lectures on ecology do get tiresome.
The Poison Wood Bible is one of my most beloved books, so I came into this with very high expectations. I respect Ms. Kingsolver and her work but I didn't feel for these characters or their exploits. I kept hoping it would pick up but the narrative plotted along at an uneventful pace.
I was most disappointed in the performance. I so wish that in general authors would leave it to the professionals for narration. Although I found Ms. Kingsolver's voice distracting and irritating in her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle it was forgivable considering it was mainly a memoir, but true fiction deserves to shine with the very specific skills of an actor.
I love Barbara Kingsolver's writing and her narration is perfect.
There is so much wisdom and compassion in this book. I found myself constantly stopping to listen to a line or a section again and again hoping to commit them to memory.
I have all her work on audible so it is like listening to an old friend.