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)
"Deep calls out to deep ...", Psalms 42:7. Many passages from the Bible (including the Apocrypha) are quoted in The Poisonwood Bible to give insight into the characters and their thoughts. I don't remember seeing this one, but it is a passage that provides insight into my own thoughts as I read this awesome novel. I enjoy browsing reviews after finishing a book and I was struck by how polarizing this book was. This work of fiction certainly gives much to offend the reader, where few stones (of the human experience) are left unturned.
Some negative reviewers reacted to what appears to be an anti-American-Christian-culture message. May I suggest a different understanding? The newly landed, missionary family encounters a tree in the Congo that appears to be useful but the inhabitants warn the family away from the Poisonwood tree because it is poisonous to contact. This is a lesson that the all-knowing, father, with his colonialist mindset, learns slowly. I am left understanding the importance of learning the deeper role that factors play in this world; that accepting the surface message as whole can be dangerous. Good book.
everything, the story , the characters, the rich Congo history , the narrator nailed it the whole way thru! I had no idea he was a man. His readings made me enjoy the story even more.
Everything!! again I did not know he was man. He nailed the book for me..totally enjoyed the narrative and story immensely
I never read the print version, but truly enjoyed this audible version. The narrator of the story does a wonderful, wonderful job in portraying each of the daughters' version of what is happening.
I don't want to give away the story, so I will only say the 'running from the Congo' after a significant loss.
I don't know of the narrator's works. (Dean Robertson is a male, and the narrator of my book is female).
When the family finally, after struggling, decides on a whim to actually leave the Congo after the loss of a family member.
This book is not an 'un-Christian' book as I've heard it said. Instead, it is a portrayal of how extreme Christian beliefs affected one family who serve on a mission to an extremely harsh (by US standards) environment.
A reading family. We enjoy a reading from a variety of family friendly, enlightening works. Mom, Dad, elementary and preschool listeners.
Enlightening, Entertaining, Complex
Kisses from Katie or Little Bee, but better than both in style, information and skill of writer.
Scenes abound, but the story told by the daughter Ava was just brilliant. The authors ability to differentiate personality and voice in the storytelling of different characters was very clever. The literary ingenious of this particular character made me want to rewind and re-listen to her story especially
No. I enjoyed swallowing the story in chapter sized bites.
This work was obviously born in the heart of the author to expose a western perspective on Africa that needs improvement. The variety of personalities telling the story helps to see the situation from different points of view which help to understand the whole picture from a broader perspective due to the contrast.
please amazon, pay someone else to read this book. i wouldn't want to have a 2 minute conversation with Dean Robertson, let alone listen to her for 15 hours. I bought this book over the thxgvg weekend for $5 and still feel like i am being ripped off. i'm not sure that it would be any worse to just feed the book into a text to speech tool and listen to a computer read it. no emotion, no voice acting, no emphasis on funny or meaningful sections or anything that you would expect from someone who knows what they are doing. it sounds like a neighbor telling you a quick story over the fence - a neighbor you don't even like.
do not buy this audiobook
side note - it was recorded 15 years ago. for such an important book, isn't it time to re-record with someone who actually wants the job?
Educational, uplifting, inspiring
Oleana, the mother
I heard more than when I'd read it.
It made me laugh and cry and understand what was going on during that time period when I wasn't paying attention.
Yes, because I would not want them to miss such an engrossing story that is so well told.
Many moments both great and small.
The narration only enhanced an already incredible story. I loved her voices, the richness of her tones. Beautifully interpreted prose.
I had very strong reactions to this book and am looking forward to listening to it again some day. The author and narrator took me on an unforgettable journey that I will not soon forget.
Great book with very good narration. One of my more favorable books. If you have not listened...jump in and take the ride!
I think this book would have been very good, but the reader was horrible. Her timing was awful; it was like listening to a robot with a bad voice read for hours and hours.
If you are interested in this book, read it, don't listen to it.
A better narrator!
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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