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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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    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14
    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very compelling story. Well worth the listen.


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

    I so enjoyed the family dynamics in this story. So complicated and yet so simple.


    What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

    You know the narration is well performed when you lose track of the voice and only hear the characters.


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

    I was truly upset at both parents when it became clear just how disfunctional they both really were in their very separate and differenct ways.


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    Josette LITTLETON, CO, United States 02-19-14
    Josette LITTLETON, CO, United States 02-19-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    This book is so well written and so well read! I couldn't put it down!


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    Bridget 02-16-14
    Bridget 02-16-14 Member Since 2016

    I drive and travel for work so audio books are a huge part of my life.

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    "OMG, Love this book will break your <3!"

    If this book had gone on for another 20 hours that would have been A-OK with me. I loved everything about this story and the characters. It's a fantastic book and another that I will revisit over and over again.

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    Thaysha PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 02-13-14
    Thaysha PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Read!"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it 5 on 1-10 scale


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed getting to know each character on a personal level.


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

    My favorite character was the mother. She had nerves of steel.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Poisonwood Bible and why?

    The father because of his self centered delusions.


    Any additional comments?

    Long book but great from beginning to end.

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    Jones 02-01-14
    Jones 02-01-14

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    "Good story - Great narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a uniquely written story of how differing cultures, religion, and politics are often at odds yet fundamentally similar.


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

    Ada was my favorite character. She sees the world from the sidelines but has a keen understanding of interpersonal relations that is more advanced than her age.


    Any additional comments?

    Very engaging.

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    sjvb 02-01-14
    sjvb 02-01-14
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    If you could sum up The Poisonwood Bible in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, eyeopening, beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background into life in the Congo


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

    Leah


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

    No, I really liked it all


    Any additional comments?

    very good story, engaging and good performance by the reader

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    B. Siemens Vancouver, BC 01-28-14
    B. Siemens Vancouver, BC 01-28-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Deep calls out to deep"

    "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.

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    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14
    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14
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    "start to finish I was hooked"
    What did you love best about The Poisonwood Bible?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The twins


    What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

    Everything!! again I did not know he was man. He nailed the book for me..totally enjoyed the narrative and story immensely


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    Myra Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-11-14
    Myra Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Story of a family's survival in the Congo"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poisonwood Bible to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    I don't want to give away the story, so I will only say the 'running from the Congo' after a significant loss.


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

    I don't know of the narrator's works. (Dean Robertson is a male, and the narrator of my book is female).


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

    When the family finally, after struggling, decides on a whim to actually leave the Congo after the loss of a family member.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    PhilsPham Fayetteville, NC 12-30-13
    PhilsPham Fayetteville, NC 12-30-13 Member Since 2016

    A reading family. We enjoy a reading from a variety of family friendly, enlightening works. Mom, Dad, elementary and preschool listeners.

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    "Thought Provoking and Entertaining"
    If you could sum up The Poisonwood Bible in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening, Entertaining, Complex


    What other book might you compare The Poisonwood Bible to and why?

    Kisses from Katie or Little Bee, but better than both in style, information and skill of writer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I enjoyed swallowing the story in chapter sized bites.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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