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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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    Victoria 09-14-14
    Victoria 09-14-14 Member Since 2008

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    "one of my favorites"

    Wonderful: story, language, message and the whole athmosphere and moral of the story. One of my favorite books.

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    Alison 08-16-14
    Alison 08-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Complex, compassionate, amazing."

    This book was one of the most marvelous and moving that I have read in some time. The deep consideration of the various "voices" of the narrators, the rich and complex history expressed so movingly within the story, the crafting of the storyline itself, the amazing number of passages that I marked, to go back to and understand more deeply, the basic human truth and emotional resonance that I have not encountered in a long time, all make this story worth five stars and more. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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    deb Odessa, Saskatchewan, Canada 08-11-14
    deb Odessa, Saskatchewan, Canada 08-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "definitely a reread"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    I finished this book a few weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head. I actually WANT to hear it again - soon Excellent from start to finish


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    Mattie 07-29-14
    Mattie 07-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad this book was not read by the author. I have read some of her other books and loved them, as I did this one. However I have had to return books read by her.

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    Alicia SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 06-03-14
    Alicia SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Long ... And confusing"
    What would have made The Poisonwood Bible better?

    If it had been shorter and easier to follow . Not only goes back and forth in time , but also jumps from one character to the next one without proper explanation


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more interesting and entertaining


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Maybe.. The historical part


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    MP 06-01-14
    MP 06-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Told from too many perspectives to be understood"
    What would have made The Poisonwood Bible better?

    Told from the perspective of multiple characters - too many with too complicated names to keep straight on an audiobook.

    I listen while driving or doing chores and without a piece of paper to reference, I couldn't keep anything straight despite multiple attempts.

    If the narrator was able to give each character a unique voice, it might have been possible.

    As it was, I ended up returning it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot seemed good and the narrative well written.


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    Richard Springville, UT, United States 05-23-14
    Richard Springville, UT, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Literature"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My wife and I listened tho this book together while driving cross-country... Laughed, cried, and spent hours discussing the lives of this family. This the first time I have ever listened to an audiobook and then had to go out and buy the hard cover so we could sit and digest favorite passages together. A truly marvelous book by a talented wordsmith.


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    M. Barbera 04-25-14
    M. Barbera 04-25-14
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    "On My Top 5 List"
    Would you listen to The Poisonwood Bible again? Why?

    YES. The book was complex and beautifully written. The author's writing style took my breath away.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language, morals, themes, ironies!


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

    The oldest daughter.


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

    Yes, the climax did make me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book. There is so much to learn from it. Every English teacher and literature enthusiast should read it for the depth analysis that is possible with this novel.

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    Belinda Bywong NSW, Australia 04-05-14
    Belinda Bywong NSW, Australia 04-05-14
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    "Couldn't read it, but loved to listen to it"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and the depth in the characters.


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

    No, I haven't


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

    When Nelson was so terrified. The description of him crying in the night really moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    I had tried to read this book, but just couldn't. Everyone told me it was great, so decided to see if I could listen to it instead. I was hooked. Loved listening to it and couldn't stop until it was done. This is an issue as it is a huge book!!

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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 04-05-14
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 04-05-14 Member Since 2016

    I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!

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    "Lyric, Lovely, Luscious"

    This was a lovely, lyric novel. It took me a while to get used to the switching narrators (character narrators, not audible narrators) but once adjusted the strategy was masterful. I loved Adah, felt Kinship with Leah, dismissed Rachel, hated and bled with Orleanna with equal fervor, and loathed Nathan. A stunningly good book.

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