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)
All The character are captivating and beautifully rendered.
No, This is the first audio book I have listened to by her. But, I would definitely listen to more by her if given the choice.
combination of a well-told story of the protagonist family coupled with a unique look at the politics of 1960s Congo. Also thought provoking in its perspective on cultural and theological differences between American and African societies.
I read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and really liked it. She narrated it herself. Unfortunately, this narrator is just reading the book and not performing the book. And, it sounds like she is in a hurry to finish it. It's almost like I am attending a story time at the library and the reader needs to get through it before the time ends.
I like the story though. I just wish Barbara had read it herself.
i love BK and have read manyeeee of her stories ... i prefer her fiction and her fantastic characters
mmmmm sort of
disappointed, but didn't do my research ... selected only because it was a BK.
Blistering irony, that will make you want to listen for a few minutes, and then pause to think it over. I move from laughing to tears in just a few sentences.
The pacing of the story is excellent, and moves the reader quickly along.
The ever changing perspective, from the voice of each of the females in the book creates a multitude of differing points of view.
This is my second time to listen to the book, and I still recommend it with our reservation.
The Reverend's Folly
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.
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