This tale of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction, over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, is set against history's most dramatic political parables.
The Poisonwood Bible dances between the darkly comic human failings and inspiring poetic justices of our times. In a compelling exploration of religion, conscience, imperialist arrogance, and the many paths to redemption, Barbara Kingsolver has brought forth her most ambitious work ever.
©2004 Barbara Kingsolver; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"Haunting..A novel of character, a narrative shaped by keen-eyed women." (New York Times Book Review)
"The book's sheer enjoyability is given depth by Kingsolver's insight and compassion for Congo, including its people, and their language and sayings." (Boston Globe)
"Beautifully written....Kingsolver's tale of domestic tragedy is more than just a well-told yarn.. Played out against the bloody backdrop of political struggles in Congo that continue to this day, it is also particularly timely." (People)
After a friend recommended The Poisonwood Bible to me, I purchased it from Audible and this was the first audio book I read. Barbara Kingsolver's character development and ability to "speak" from the heart of her characters is astounding. The listener is transported to the deepest corners of Africa with this missionary family and as the tale unravels, the history of revolution is intertwined with the confusion of faith and the reality of growing up. This is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
I purchased this book for the narrator. I feel a little bad giving a 1 star rating, since I stopped listening as soon as I heard a stranger's voice.
Yes, this was excellent. The reader was exceptional and the story engaging.
I would compare this to the books of Francine Rivers.
I identified most with the mother. She struggled with keeping her children safe and keeping her faith as well.
Strangely enough the father was the most memorable character. This was the flawed character in the story.
Easy listening, good story from a true storyteller.
What an emotional read... I loved the development of all the characters over time... and the different "voices".. I ran the gamut of emotions from sad to happy... admiration to disgust.. and frustration to acceptance... A beautiful story of a family of imperfect humans in an imperfect world.
The story is gripping and the author does a wonderful job of painting the scenery for the listener.
The fact that it wove in the ideals of the American public of the era and set those against the enduring culture of the Congo.
My favorite scene is when the ants invade the village- it was terrifying but also the most exciting thing to me in the whole book. I would never thought of soemthing as tiny as an ant instilling such terror.
The father/minister because I never knew what he was going to do. He was obviously disturbed but his family was at his mercy and their reactions to his spiral downward were captivating.
So glad I finally listened to this book. It was one of the best ever. I learned and lived a new perspective in an engrossing story with the most interesting people.
I have not seen the print version.
No real favourite character. I found them all fascinating.
The version I had was narrated by Barbara Kingsolver, I thought. Found it interesting to be narrated by the author.
I would never have the time to listen to in one sitting but found it great in the car on long trips.
My daughter introduced me to audible books and I will continue to use your service.
While the story may have been engrossing, the narrator ruined it. She read too fast, spoke in almost a monotone, and sounded like she was reading. Every character sounded the same and I often forgotten who was speaking. As the book is a series of 5 first person narrative, this is a big fail for me.
It could have been a great book, but I will never know. The narrator made the book a chore to finish and it will be a long time, if ever, before I try it in print.
This is the kind of book that takes you away into the story. The story is rich and deep. It's a MUST read/listen!
Cidar House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, big grand books.
Different voices, didn't distract from the story.
Leah Price -- she had spunk and a character all her own.
Do yourself a favor -- read/listen to this book!
Linda in Omaha
This story is told from the perspective of each family member. Each one expresses what they are experiencing as a child or adult. There are fun times, hard times, and some heartbreaking times. I liked that the story followed through to the adulthood of the children and the life of the mother and father after the mission was over. Very informative and enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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