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The Poisonwood Bible Audiobook

The Poisonwood Bible

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Publisher's Summary

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    G 03-22-14
    G 03-22-14
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    "My First Kingsolver book! Worth every minute!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poisonwood Bible to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print edition but the narrator was wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poisonwood Bible?

    The narrator did an extraordinary job transitioning between characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a beautiful book. This book brought me back to Congo, to its beauty and its tumultuous violent political history. I may have to buy every Kingsolver book after reading this.

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    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 03-20-14
    Jeanette Sydney, Australia 03-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable story but very poor narration."

    I really enjoyed the story and the perspective of the different members of the family. Unfortunately though the experience was ruined for me due to the narration. She spoke so quickly that it was often hard to tell where one sentenced ended and another began. Sometimes she narrated with no expression e.g. Oh my I have ruined the dinner in complete monotone. I did however enjoy her southern accent.

    I would have returned the book had I not had to listen to it for book club.

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    Binia 03-12-14
    Binia 03-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The beauty of this book far outshines it's flaws"
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    The Poisonwood Bible is one of those gems in which absolutely wonderful writing (vivid, poetic, distinctive, but not at all taxing) meets great narration - subtle, understated, but full of feeling and understanding of the characters. As I got to know those same characters it became easy to distinguish between protagonists even if I missed a character switch, by both the writing and the narration.The crowing glory of this book is the author's incredible gift of observation, as well as her ability to translate her observations into such fresh and powerful language. And so the human condition is once again revealed to be utterly tragic and utterly comical. She had me, unexpectedly, in stitches many times, laughing so hard that I had to hit the pause button so as not to miss anything. (Perhaps I found certain things particularly funny because, having lived many years in Africa myself, I recognized so many of her insights as profoundly true and absurdly humorous.) She also had me, not unexpectedly, blinking away tears here and there... and she made me long for things, and appreciate things, and she made me angry and engaged.I learned something, too, some things I did not know about the dire political goings on that made such a mess of the Congo. I recommend this book wholeheartedly for all of the above.The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for performance is that I found it a little confusing and annoying that there was never any space between the end of one POV chapter and the beginning of the next. It was very easy to miss the switches. A production flaw, I think.And the reason I gave the story only 4 stars is because Miss Kingsolver overshot the end of the book by quite a bit. The first 3/4 or so of the book are really wonderful, the rest is, IMHO, utterly superfluous and drags on for no particular reason. Not only does that last part contribute nothing much to the story, it loses the magic, the keen insights, the powerful imagery etc that wowed me, and the characters suddenly become flat and grow no further even though they age in leaps and bounds. It's quite odd, really.BUT never mind the end. The bulk of the book is all good things and completely makes up for any flaws. It will be a credit well spent.

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    Itamar 02-26-14
    Itamar 02-26-14
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    "The many faces of the Congo"

    I just loved the story and the story line from 4 different points of view.
    I did find it difficult to follow who is who especially at the beginning and would have needed 2 narrators and not just one to follow who is telling the story at any point.
    Any way this is very recommend.

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    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14
    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Poisoned Lives"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very compelling story. Well worth the listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poisonwood Bible?

    I so enjoyed the family dynamics in this story. So complicated and yet so simple.


    What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

    You know the narration is well performed when you lose track of the voice and only hear the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was truly upset at both parents when it became clear just how disfunctional they both really were in their very separate and differenct ways.


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    Josette LITTLETON, CO, United States 02-19-14
    Josette LITTLETON, CO, United States 02-19-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    This book is so well written and so well read! I couldn't put it down!


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    Bridget 02-16-14
    Bridget 02-16-14 Member Since 2016

    I drive and travel for work so audio books are a huge part of my life.

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    "OMG, Love this book will break your <3!"

    If this book had gone on for another 20 hours that would have been A-OK with me. I loved everything about this story and the characters. It's a fantastic book and another that I will revisit over and over again.

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    Thaysha PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 02-13-14
    Thaysha PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Read!"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it 5 on 1-10 scale


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed getting to know each character on a personal level.


    Which character – as performed by Dean Robertson – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the mother. She had nerves of steel.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Poisonwood Bible and why?

    The father because of his self centered delusions.


    Any additional comments?

    Long book but great from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jones 02-01-14
    Jones 02-01-14

    itimbuktu

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    "Good story - Great narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a uniquely written story of how differing cultures, religion, and politics are often at odds yet fundamentally similar.


    Which character – as performed by Dean Robertson – was your favorite?

    Ada was my favorite character. She sees the world from the sidelines but has a keen understanding of interpersonal relations that is more advanced than her age.


    Any additional comments?

    Very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sjvb 02-01-14
    sjvb 02-01-14
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    "Very good"
    If you could sum up The Poisonwood Bible in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, eyeopening, beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background into life in the Congo


    Which character – as performed by Dean Robertson – was your favorite?

    Leah


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, I really liked it all


    Any additional comments?

    very good story, engaging and good performance by the reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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