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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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    Daniela PORTLAND, OR, United States 10-04-13
    Daniela PORTLAND, OR, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator reads way too fast!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator reads WAY too fast. The language is dense and lyrical and I had no time to absorb it. She also doesn't vary her voice at all for the various characters, making following who is speaking when very challenging.


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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 09-22-13
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Wonderful Story!!!!"

    I was grabbed from the first words! Now I know why I see this on recommended lists so often! I definitely will read more from KIngsolver, but know they may not top this one! The reader did a great job, though I would have loved a different reader for each of the girls/mom. I highly recommend!!!!!!

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    Sarah Tavares, FL, United States 09-04-13
    Sarah Tavares, FL, United States 09-04-13
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    "Horrible narrator. Amazing book."
    What didn’t you like about Dean Robertson’s performance?

    Narrator managed to read entire book with no emotional whatsoever.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazingly written book, read by an amazingly awful narrator. It feels like one long run on sentence. No emotion, and was read so fast I couldn't keep up! Ill be sure to check the narrator from each book I buy to ensure its not Dean Robertson.

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    Pam Dallas, OR, USA 08-18-13
    Pam Dallas, OR, USA 08-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story but lacking in narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because the characters are rich and unique from one another. I would suggest my friend read the book as the narration is nothing special and does not change between characters.


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

    One of the many memorable moments of the story was when the village was over run with ants that were painful when they bit. The family scrambled to the river to catch a canoe and they were separated. The natives who were leery of the family, made room for the family on their boats/canoes.


    What didn’t you like about Dean Robertson’s performance?

    This book was read by a woman who I suspected to be Barbara Kingsolver. The narrator did not identify each character with their own voice.


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

    When the mom finally had enough of her overbearing husband's self-righteous alienating pulpit chastising behavior and decided to pack up her remaining girls and leave the Congo.


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    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 08-03-13
    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love love love Kingsolver"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten.


    If you could take any character from The Poisonwood Bible out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The crazy father


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer Barbara Kingsolver to narrate but this narrator did it justice

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    Melanie 06-10-13
    Melanie 06-10-13

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    "beautiful story with dreadful narration"
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    This is a beautifully written story with rich and complex characters and settings read woefully by a narrator who read without feel or inflection in the first half of the book. The narrator seemed bored in the first half, and may as well have been reading a shopping list it was done with such dreariness. So many narrators could have done far more justice to this book. I do hope the author requests a re-read with a narrator who is more interested in the book than this one was.

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    Angela Lapeer, MI, United States 06-05-13
    Angela Lapeer, MI, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "delightful read"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is near the top of my listening list. The characters are fleshed out and the description puts you right in the heart of the story. It is the first kingsolver book I've listened to and am glad I did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my favorite character is Ada, Her silence and her perceptiveness are deep and rich. It's through her that you see all of the other characters in their true light.


    Any additional comments?

    What a great read!

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    Nicola M. Stone 05-25-13

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    "Wonderful book well narrated"

    I love The Poisonwood Bible - it's one of my favourite books of all time. I sometimes find the problem with audiobooks is that the narration can spoil your memories of a great book - however I found this version very well narrated. The stories of the four girls and their mother intertwined beautifully; the narrator didn't try to give each person too much of a different voice which I think would have sounded contrived. I highly recommend this book.

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Really Good!"

    An alternative type of book, off the beaten track that shows how far people will go to fulfill their egos in the name of religion. But a good story, that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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    monica Vancouver Island BC, Canada 05-21-13
    monica Vancouver Island BC, Canada 05-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Im a 39 year old self employed female who does a lot of driving and audiobooks make driving enjoyable for me. I enjoy conteporary and historical fiction as well as fun comedic romances.

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    "great historical read"

    this book took me a while to get into but once I did I could not turn it off. wonderfully narrated with a deep multilayered storyline that ihistorically accurate. My 13 year old daughter listened to the audio with me and enjoyed it so much she had purchased the book verson and it reading that. I see why this is a best seller, its one of those books you finish and you are a different person for reading it. I even look at a trip to the grocery store differently now.

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