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)
I cannot express enough how I loved this narrator. It appears Audible incorrectly identifies her as Dean Robertson and I wish I knew who the narrator actually was b/c I would select other books read by her. I have read criticisms about her reading this book and I don't agree with a single one of them. She is fast but I much prefer a fast reader so that I'm lulled into sleepiness by a boring old narrator. This narrator also has the southern accents and voice down perfectly.
My favorite character was Adah. The narrator read her part beautifully.
This is a magical book in which the Congo comes to life with each line you listen to. The book is an honest look into how damaging religion can be, and how arrogant we are as white Americans (and even the Europeans) are to think we can come in and
I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.
The Poisonwood Bible is a must read. We listen to a wide range of books from the the most trivial fiction to the most challenging of literature. This ranks as the most challenging book I have read in the last year. It has challenged the very basis of my belief system. Kigsolvers' characters are well drawn and easy to identify with.
Any criticism of her reading of this book is misplaced. It is read at a steady pace that allows the reader to travel with this troubled family through their struggle to find their sense of identity.
This book was amazing. I almost finished it in one sitting. I was wary at first because of the negative comments about the narrator's voice, but was pleasantly surprised. I actually found the narrator's voice especially suitable for the story. She sound like the characters she was speaking as.
I have never written a review before but for this book I will. I first got it at the library on cd and listened to it over and over again. On sale it is a must have for your audio library. The story is a mixture of history, religion, politics, culture and some parts that make you laugh out loud. I love the narration too. The story of an American family of six that travel to the Congo on a religious mission. The father is a Southern Baptist Preacher and a WWII vet. He has definite mental problems. The mother is the
I don't have much to add about the story that has not already been said. It's thoroughly engrossing on a number of levels, and you will probably irritate your family and others around you as you enjoy the marathon listen.
What I did want to take a moment to say is that, unlike many of the reviewers who wrote the reviews I find at the top of this list, I thought the narrator was perfect. I didn't think she read too fast - most often I took that as a convincing rendition of what a teen or a child would sound like recounting her part of the story. Certainly not distracting or difficult to understand. Also, what some took for monotone, I found more atmospheric and appropriate to life in this difficult, gritty place.
Do listen to the sample, but if you are unsure, forge ahead!
This is an utterly breathtaking novel and the performance of the reader is perfect. I hated to see it end and will be thinking about this book for a very long time. The writing is so great I often listened to portions over again just to hear the masterful way she uses our language. Love, love, loved it!!!
I really enjoyed that story told in so many different characters' point of view. I ignored how Us citizens were able to be so compassionate for their African counterparts. Bravo, one of my all time best listening.
Good story but I felt cheated on the ending. Also, the narrator reads very fast in some areas which was irritating at first until I realized it was an expression of one character's personality. Definately worth the time.
The way Kingsolver constructs sentences is pure magic. The story itself is fascinating, educational; the characters, developed to be known and loved...or hated. I fully enjoyed this book.
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