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)
please amazon, pay someone else to read this book. i wouldn't want to have a 2 minute conversation with Dean Robertson, let alone listen to her for 15 hours. I bought this book over the thxgvg weekend for $5 and still feel like i am being ripped off. i'm not sure that it would be any worse to just feed the book into a text to speech tool and listen to a computer read it. no emotion, no voice acting, no emphasis on funny or meaningful sections or anything that you would expect from someone who knows what they are doing. it sounds like a neighbor telling you a quick story over the fence - a neighbor you don't even like.
do not buy this audiobook
side note - it was recorded 15 years ago. for such an important book, isn't it time to re-record with someone who actually wants the job?
Educational, uplifting, inspiring
Oleana, the mother
I heard more than when I'd read it.
It made me laugh and cry and understand what was going on during that time period when I wasn't paying attention.
Yes, because I would not want them to miss such an engrossing story that is so well told.
Many moments both great and small.
The narration only enhanced an already incredible story. I loved her voices, the richness of her tones. Beautifully interpreted prose.
I had very strong reactions to this book and am looking forward to listening to it again some day. The author and narrator took me on an unforgettable journey that I will not soon forget.
Great book with very good narration. One of my more favorable books. If you have not listened...jump in and take the ride!
I think this book would have been very good, but the reader was horrible. Her timing was awful; it was like listening to a robot with a bad voice read for hours and hours.
If you are interested in this book, read it, don't listen to it.
A better narrator!
The narrator reads WAY too fast. The language is dense and lyrical and I had no time to absorb it. She also doesn't vary her voice at all for the various characters, making following who is speaking when very challenging.
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
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