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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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    Anna O'Connell, Australia 02-19-13
    Anna O'Connell, Australia 02-19-13
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    "A really good writer in her own genre."

    Barbara Kingsolver is an excellent writer. Sometimes a little slow to get into, but always worth the effort. A good story, thoughtful, and very well written.

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    Susan Schaen 02-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "different and interesting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poisonwood Bible to be better than the print version?

    I don't know


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

    the suspense of not knowing f she's going to live or die


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

    no


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

    both


    Any additional comments?

    it was fast and exciting listening

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    Tina Sydney, Australia 02-11-13
    Tina Sydney, Australia 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An excellent listen"

    This was a really excellent audiobook - one of the best I have heard. The story is told through the perspective of each of the female characters and gives you the chance to observe their world from their very different vantage points. The narrator does an incredible job switching between characters and giving the story even more colour and depth, and the rich history of the region comes to life as we travel through the Congo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 01-21-13
    Sarah United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and Wonderful Reader!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All The character are captivating and beautifully rendered.


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

    No, This is the first audio book I have listened to by her. But, I would definitely listen to more by her if given the choice.


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    Quentin Chicago, IL, United States 01-16-13
    Quentin Chicago, IL, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating human story, unique political insight"
    What did you love best about The Poisonwood Bible?

    combination of a well-told story of the protagonist family coupled with a unique look at the politics of 1960s Congo. Also thought provoking in its perspective on cultural and theological differences between American and African societies.


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    Jennifer Ottawa, KS, United States 01-07-13
    Jennifer Ottawa, KS, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The book is being read not preformed."

    I read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and really liked it. She narrated it herself. Unfortunately, this narrator is just reading the book and not performing the book. And, it sounds like she is in a hurry to finish it. It's almost like I am attending a story time at the library and the reader needs to get through it before the time ends.
    I like the story though. I just wish Barbara had read it herself.

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    dan 01-07-13
    dan 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my favorite"
    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Dean Robertson?

    of course


    Would you be willing to try another book from Barbara Kingsolver? Why or why not?

    i love BK and have read manyeeee of her stories ... i prefer her fiction and her fantastic characters


    What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

    dont know


    Was The Poisonwood Bible worth the listening time?

    mmmmm sort of


    Any additional comments?

    disappointed, but didn't do my research ... selected only because it was a BK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Charlottesville, VA, United States 12-20-12
    Steven Charlottesville, VA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Kingsolver's Opus to date"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Blistering irony, that will make you want to listen for a few minutes, and then pause to think it over. I move from laughing to tears in just a few sentences.

    The pacing of the story is excellent, and moves the reader quickly along.

    The ever changing perspective, from the voice of each of the females in the book creates a multitude of differing points of view.

    This is my second time to listen to the book, and I still recommend it with our reservation.


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

    The Reverend's Folly


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    Savvy shopper 12-11-12
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    "Wish I had read this novel earlier"

    After a friend recommended The Poisonwood Bible to me, I purchased it from Audible and this was the first audio book I read. Barbara Kingsolver's character development and ability to "speak" from the heart of her characters is astounding. The listener is transported to the deepest corners of Africa with this missionary family and as the tale unravels, the history of revolution is intertwined with the confusion of faith and the reality of growing up. This is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

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    Bay Area Shopper 12-11-12
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    "NOT narrated by Robertson Dean"
    What disappointed you about The Poisonwood Bible?

    I purchased this book for the narrator. I feel a little bad giving a 1 star rating, since I stopped listening as soon as I heard a stranger's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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