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 was grabbed from the first words! Now I know why I see this on recommended lists so often! I definitely will read more from KIngsolver, but know they may not top this one! The reader did a great job, though I would have loved a different reader for each of the girls/mom. I highly recommend!!!!!!
Narrator managed to read entire book with no emotional whatsoever.
This is an amazingly written book, read by an amazingly awful narrator. It feels like one long run on sentence. No emotion, and was read so fast I couldn't keep up! Ill be sure to check the narrator from each book I buy to ensure its not Dean Robertson.
I would recommend this book to a friend because the characters are rich and unique from one another. I would suggest my friend read the book as the narration is nothing special and does not change between characters.
One of the many memorable moments of the story was when the village was over run with ants that were painful when they bit. The family scrambled to the river to catch a canoe and they were separated. The natives who were leery of the family, made room for the family on their boats/canoes.
This book was read by a woman who I suspected to be Barbara Kingsolver. The narrator did not identify each character with their own voice.
When the mom finally had enough of her overbearing husband's self-righteous alienating pulpit chastising behavior and decided to pack up her remaining girls and leave the Congo.
It's in the top ten.
The crazy father
I prefer Barbara Kingsolver to narrate but this narrator did it justice
This is a beautifully written story with rich and complex characters and settings read woefully by a narrator who read without feel or inflection in the first half of the book. The narrator seemed bored in the first half, and may as well have been reading a shopping list it was done with such dreariness. So many narrators could have done far more justice to this book. I do hope the author requests a re-read with a narrator who is more interested in the book than this one was.
this is near the top of my listening list. The characters are fleshed out and the description puts you right in the heart of the story. It is the first kingsolver book I've listened to and am glad I did.
I think my favorite character is Ada, Her silence and her perceptiveness are deep and rich. It's through her that you see all of the other characters in their true light.
What a great read!
I love The Poisonwood Bible - it's one of my favourite books of all time. I sometimes find the problem with audiobooks is that the narration can spoil your memories of a great book - however I found this version very well narrated. The stories of the four girls and their mother intertwined beautifully; the narrator didn't try to give each person too much of a different voice which I think would have sounded contrived. I highly recommend this book.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
An alternative type of book, off the beaten track that shows how far people will go to fulfill their egos in the name of religion. But a good story, that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Im a 39 year old self employed female who does a lot of driving and audiobooks make driving enjoyable for me. I enjoy conteporary and historical fiction as well as fun comedic romances.
this book took me a while to get into but once I did I could not turn it off. wonderfully narrated with a deep multilayered storyline that ihistorically accurate. My 13 year old daughter listened to the audio with me and enjoyed it so much she had purchased the book verson and it reading that. I see why this is a best seller, its one of those books you finish and you are a different person for reading it. I even look at a trip to the grocery store differently now.
A fine novel and I enjoyed listening. I've read it many times. Some of the peculiarities of the language don't come through in listening as well as they do in text, as with Adah - Ada. However, the narration was the least enjoyable part of this for me. It was clear and easy enough to listen to but lacked the sound of the south and distinction between characters that I would have expected and was also looking forward to. There is a sound to the South that needs to come across to fully appreciate what Kingsolver is creating in this novel. It was all rather too monotone - no syrup. It suited some characters, like Adah, but not all of them, not a little girl, Ruth, or the mother. I would have liked to be able to start listening at any point and know who was speaking in the novel just by the voice, as each chapter alternates between characters, but that was very rarely the case.
I would still recommend this because it is such a great story and fabulous writing, but I wouldn't recommend listening without having also read the book.
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