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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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    Marydyl 02-25-13
    Marydyl 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "The Poisonwood Bible is a great read."

    I ordered this book on impulse without knowing much about it. I was shocked that I had not heard of this book before. My uncle was in the African Congo as a minister about the same time. When I brought the book up at a family dinner I was the only one that hadn't read it years ago. I will read it a gain. My daughter is planning go into ministry in Africa soon. This book gives some personal context to the history we have been studying.

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    gale Byron Center, MI, United States 02-23-13
    gale Byron Center, MI, United States 02-23-13
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    "Good Read (Listen)"
    Any additional comments?

    I followed the judgment of the reviewers on this one. I would not have purchased Poinsonwood from the description alone, since the topics of Africa and missionaries normally are not on my hit parade. I found this book engaging from the first chapter. And, took advantage of even small time openings in my day to listen to just a little more.

    The story is told from the view of several different family members. it really works well. In the beginning I was angry that a mother would put her children in the dangerous spot they found themselves. But my the end, I understood why she, herself, was trapped, with few choices. And, I wanted to cheer when, after much heartbreak and death, she did do the right thing.

    Also, something unexpected happened for me with this book, This author made me feel like I was right there. I learned a great deal about Africa and the Congo, and enjoyed every minutes of the trip.

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    Andrea 02-20-13
    Andrea 02-20-13
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Dean Robertson?

    No.


    Would you recommend The Poisonwood Bible to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story itself was interesting, but so long that I was bored. I had to make myself finish it.


    What didn’t you like about Dean Robertson’s performance?

    The book seems to be broken up by who is speaking, but it took me a long time to figure that out. The speaker does not change voices for each character, and they don't have much of a pause between characters, so if you aren't listening really carefully, you are just confused as to why the story has changed.


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    Oxbow SPRINGWATER, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Oxbow SPRINGWATER, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous read"

    I read this book about 15 years ago and was moved by it. The story really held my attention and it's so creative to write each chapter from the viewpoint of one of the characters. I decided to listen to it this time around and I am even more captivated by this book. It was a life changer for me. I love reading about history and even though this story is fictional it is set in the historical background of Africa. This is a fascinating read that opened my eyes to the ways of another culture. This is one of my all time favorite books.

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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.

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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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