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  • Home Sweet Anywhere

  • How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World
  • By: Lynne Martin
  • Narrated by: Lynne Martin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Reunited in love after 35 years and suffering from a serious case of pre-retirement wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin made a life-altering decision: They sold their house and possessions and hit the road to live internationally full-time. Now tethered to nothing but their suitcases, each other, and their next exotic location, they've never looked back. From sky-high pyramids in Mexico to monkeys in Marrakech, this delightful, inspiring memoir is a romantic tale of derring-do for grown-ups and a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad into a reality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • She makes it sound SO unappealing!

  • By Barbara on 05-18-14

Show, don't tell...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-14

I did not finish this book, so take my review with a grain of salt. I'm generally fond of travel literature, and I don't mind light, easy reading, but this book was so poorly written, I could not continue. The narrator and her husband re-ignite their relationship after 35 years apart - and make the courageous decision to give up house and home to travel the world in their twilight years - that's a great set-up. However, that's about as much depth as the author gives those major life decisions. There's no character development or exploration of their decision. Their family's reaction to their plans goes something like this ... [After the kids' initial shock at our plans, they supported us.] That's about as much depth as you get.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,118

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Engrossing

  • By Joe on 06-28-09

The perfect "Listen and Read" experience!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Poisonwood Bible to be better than the print version?

I hesitated listening to the Poisonwood Bible as an audibook because I enjoy Ms Kingsolver's lyrical prose, and I didn't want to miss that experience. But as it is for most of us these days, I have less time to read than I do to listen. So when Audible introduced the new "listen and read" feature I decided to try it out on this book.

Wow. This new feature is going to change my life! Not only does it let us experience the best of both worlds - immersing ourselves in the author's writing style, re-reading particularly important or complicated passages, etc, but it also lets us experience the performance of the story, bringing the characters to life via the narration in a way they don't come to life on the page. Plus, we can get through books so much faster! I would listen on my long commute and then kick back in the evening with my Kindle, synced to the exact position where I'd left off in the book, and spend time enjoying the book. It's a truly seamless back and forth experience.

In this way I got to hear the correct pronunciation of African names and terms I am sure I would have butchered if left to my own devices. But if the audio narration got too complicated (lots of character names, etc.) I could go back and reference the book and get reoriented.

I disagree with those reviewers who did not like Ms. Robertson's narration. I thought it was spot-on - perfectly capturing the personality of each girl through her unique accent and speaking pattern. Her narration made these characters come to life for me.

I don't know whether I found the audio or the written version of the book better. It was the combination of the two formats that elevated this book to a new level.

Any additional comments?

As for the book itself, I thought it was powerful, informative, compelling, and heartbreaking. I'd say it's Ms. Kingsolver's best book - managing to give a historical account of the Congo while also capturing the heart and soul of the people. The narrative device of telling this story from the perspective of the young girls who must adapt, grow and survive in this foreign and hostile environment is genius.

Ms. Kingsolver is often criticized for having an agenda in her presentation of facts and of being preachy in her opinions. She does not avoid those characteristics in this book, but the overall story is so well told that it's easy to forgive her.

If you're looking for a book that will sweep you up and take you to places you've never dreamed of and will teach you things along the way - this is it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The English American

  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 436

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Michael on 07-05-09

Great Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-08

Alison Larkin, a performance artist turned author, wrote this book to be performed. It is a funny and poignant novel that tackles difficult subject matter with plenty of wit and levity. It's the kind of book that will make you late for work, as you sit in the car listening to "just one more chapter."

2 of 4 people found this review helpful