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The Poisonwood Bible Audiobook

The Poisonwood Bible

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.
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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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    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-07-13
    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining, but leaves me feeling blah"

    This is the second Barbara Kingsolver book I've listened to. The other one was Flight Behavior. I feel exactly the same way about both of these books. I was entertained while I listened to them, but afterward they left me feeling underwhelmed. Nothing in me changed because of these books. But perhaps my expectations are too high. I've listened to several interviews with Ms. Kingsolver and I found her to be quite entertaining and fascinating. I know that both of the books I've listened to by her are based loosely on her own experiences. I could listen to her tell stories about her real life all day long, but I could do without her books.

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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 05-03-13
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2015

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "Powerful Endurance"

    This was an incredible book although hard to listen to at times. The unbelievable trauma that this family had to endure because of the father's close-minded beliefs and inability to think outside the box.

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    Carl Denver, CO, United States 05-02-13
    Carl Denver, CO, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It makes you think about some of your assumptions"

    My daughter was teaching this book in her high school class so I thought I should listen to it. Each of the daughters and the mother tells her story so you get very different perspectives of the same events. The author draws completely different characters and as they age, they develop in a manner that seems consistent with the character.

    You gain an appreciation for the traditional culture of the Congo and how Europeans and Americans have manged to make so much more difficult for the people. Sometimes with good intentions, but frequently with malevolent ones. Or religious fever clocked in self-righteousness.

    Well worth a listen.

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    Lori SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 04-23-13
    Lori SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Comical look at the webs we weave"
    What did you love best about The Poisonwood Bible?

    I liked the author's view on Family/ Siblings. We can't pick them but we still keep them near.


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

    There was a bit of suspense in what was going to happen next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they decided to leave.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator mispronounced words, which lead me to rewind in my head and miss some of her narration

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    Theresa HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-27-13
    Theresa HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-27-13
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    "Poor narration"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator reads too quickly and with little inflection. Sentences run together. Great story but painful to listen to.


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    Fun RESTON, VA, United States 03-25-13
    Fun RESTON, VA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very poetic and interesting book."
    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Christian who struggles with faith, this is not a good book for you. You constantly have to remind yourself that it is just a book and not something that really happened to people trying to put their trust in God.

    I really loved it; however, it became too depressing. I loved her writing style and the poetic nature of everything. I would have apprecieated more moments of joy throughout the book.

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    Annemarie Merriwa, Australia 03-25-13
    Annemarie Merriwa, Australia 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating, tragic, confronting"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fiction such as this rates very highly.It was a title I had heard mixed reports about but no recommendations of it as an audible book. Great audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tragedy - so many lives sadly impacted by one selfish person's desires.


    Have you listened to any of Dean Robertson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to other performances by this person.


    If you could rename The Poisonwood Bible, what would you call it?

    It already has a perfect title. Why would I rename it?


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    Diana L. Coller Kadoka, SD, US 03-02-13
    Diana L. Coller Kadoka, SD, US 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "more than expected"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    The people reading the story the flow


    What did you like best about this story?

    I agreed with the daughters & their Mothers opinion on the whole idea of going to Africa to "save" those that live there*!?*!


    Any additional comments?

    I would rexommend this book

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    Marydyl 02-25-13
    Marydyl 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Marydyl

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    "The Poisonwood Bible is a great read."

    I ordered this book on impulse without knowing much about it. I was shocked that I had not heard of this book before. My uncle was in the African Congo as a minister about the same time. When I brought the book up at a family dinner I was the only one that hadn't read it years ago. I will read it a gain. My daughter is planning go into ministry in Africa soon. This book gives some personal context to the history we have been studying.

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    gale Byron Center, MI, United States 02-23-13
    gale Byron Center, MI, United States 02-23-13
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    "Good Read (Listen)"
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    I followed the judgment of the reviewers on this one. I would not have purchased Poinsonwood from the description alone, since the topics of Africa and missionaries normally are not on my hit parade. I found this book engaging from the first chapter. And, took advantage of even small time openings in my day to listen to just a little more.

    The story is told from the view of several different family members. it really works well. In the beginning I was angry that a mother would put her children in the dangerous spot they found themselves. But my the end, I understood why she, herself, was trapped, with few choices. And, I wanted to cheer when, after much heartbreak and death, she did do the right thing.

    Also, something unexpected happened for me with this book, This author made me feel like I was right there. I learned a great deal about Africa and the Congo, and enjoyed every minutes of the trip.

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