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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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    Paul Portland, OR, United States 12-04-13
    Paul Portland, OR, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "WORST NARRATOR EVER!!!"
    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Dean Robertson?

    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?


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    S. Walker Conway,AR 11-28-13
    S. Walker Conway,AR 11-28-13

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    "better second time around"
    If you could sum up The Poisonwood Bible in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, uplifting, inspiring


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oleana, the mother


    What does Dean Robertson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I heard more than when I'd read it.


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

    It made me laugh and cry and understand what was going on during that time period when I wasn't paying attention.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend!!!

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    GDMaloy 11-08-13
    GDMaloy 11-08-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Fabulous, Stunning and Enlightening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I would not want them to miss such an engrossing story that is so well told.


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

    Many moments both great and small.


    What does Dean Robertson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration only enhanced an already incredible story. I loved her voices, the richness of her tones. Beautifully interpreted prose.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 10-19-13
    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "If you love a classic.....here it is"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poisonwood Bible to be better than the print version?

    Great book with very good narration. One of my more favorable books. If you have not listened...jump in and take the ride!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chanda Goshen, KY, United States 10-18-13
    Chanda Goshen, KY, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ruined by the reader"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in this book, read it, don't listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniela PORTLAND, OR, United States 10-04-13
    Daniela PORTLAND, OR, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator reads way too fast!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 09-22-13
    Lisa 09-22-13
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    "A Wonderful Story!!!!"

    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!!!!!!

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    Sarah Tavares, FL, United States 09-04-13
    Sarah Tavares, FL, United States 09-04-13
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    "Horrible narrator. Amazing book."
    What didn’t you like about Dean Robertson’s performance?

    Narrator managed to read entire book with no emotional whatsoever.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Dallas, OR, USA 08-18-13
    Pam Dallas, OR, USA 08-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story but lacking in narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 08-03-13
    Andrea rogue river, OR, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love love love Kingsolver"
    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten.


    If you could take any character from The Poisonwood Bible out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The crazy father


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer Barbara Kingsolver to narrate but this narrator did it justice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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