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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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    Chewy Walnut Creek, CA United States 01-31-15
    Chewy Walnut Creek, CA United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written, documented, and mind opening"

    Highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in non-American cultures. A must read. I enjoyed the audio performance.

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    Alexis SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-16-15
    Alexis SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Book Told From Multi-Person Perspective"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it is different from what I normally read. It raises complex, theoretical and real-world questions of politics, colonialism, racism, culture and religion through the perspectives of a southern, early 1960s housewife and her three daughters. Each chapter is told from the perspective of each woman as she attempts to cope with moving from the deep south in the United States to Kilanga in the Belgian Congo with their missionary husband/father. Each integrates with the Congo land and people in their own ways, while each dealing with the heavy-handed presence of their father/husband. The book is beautifully narrated and is one of the few that causes you to contemplate the underlying characters and environment, even when you're not reading. The events in the book and the ending will leave you both joyful and mourning - it is not a book to be missed.

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    Kindle Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 01-13-15
    Kindle Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Very good book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    Honestly, I thought the narrator did a great job. I especially enjoyed her narration of Rachel. There were times in the beginning where I wasn't sure which girl was talking but after a few hours into the book I got the subtle differences in how they were voiced.


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

    Ruth May and the snake, the driver ants and Rachel's engagement.


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

    I thought her accent really reminded one of how far Georgia really is from the Congo in a way reading it wouldn't capture.


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

    I thought it was a powerful book. Especially the relationship between Ada and her mother and the choice her mother made at one point in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a worthwhile read. I didn't think I would like it but I ended up really enjoying it.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Why don’t people listen?"

    Here we have a man who takes his children to a country he knows nothing about with the intent on ‘teaching the dumb savages’ how to live a better way which fails miserably! I’ve been in this trap in my life where I thought the same thing, but it was people of my own country. I learned hard the first few times and after that I got wise real quick to listen to the ‘dumb savages’ which saved me. I’ve learned more listening than deciding I know what’s best. Here this guy never learns even after the death of his own child right before his eyes! He can’t feed them, protect them or even get them out!

    It’s a great story told by each of the 5 girls and gives a fresh perspective on with each one’s point of view being different from the others. How did they get out? Read and find out if the guy who brought them there ever learned his lessons.

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    Kindle Customer Whittier, California USA 01-02-15
    Kindle Customer Whittier, California USA 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "an interesting read"

    took me a while to get into, but once I did I really enjoyed it I like how Kingsolver writes from inside her characters

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    Kindle Customer 12-19-14
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    "Congo as seen by missionaries."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poisonwood Bible to be better than the print version?

    did not read the print version


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

    When the girls had to leave there home in the Congo.


    Which character – as performed by Dean Robertson – was your favorite?

    All female characters were outstanding as well as father.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Poisonwood Bible and why?

    The mother because of her quiet tolerance.


    Any additional comments?

    You may agree or disagree with their live decisions but this book offers so much insight and narration is outstanding.

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    Finola Jennings Clark Saint Lucia 12-10-14
    Finola Jennings Clark Saint Lucia 12-10-14
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    "Takes you right into the jungle"
    Would you listen to The Poisonwood Bible again? Why?

    Yes. I will listen again - I really enjoyed this book - the characters were vivid and believable and the cultural setting done very well. The story was unique and told so well that you'd believe it was a recounting of real life


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

    there were many


    Have you listened to any of Dean Robertson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would listen to others


    Who was the most memorable character of The Poisonwood Bible and why?

    none made my favourite, I felt them all


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommend

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    Laura knoll 12-10-14
    Laura knoll 12-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I prayed for it to end...."
    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Dean Robertson?

    ?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ants


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dean Robertson’s performances?

    NO, VERY DRY boring narrator. No change of tone for different characters. She "reads" very well.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure @ RED box


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    Amazon Customer Woodside, CA, United States 12-02-14
    Amazon Customer Woodside, CA, United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "astonishing and engrossing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    The narration was very good but the information - the story - the historical context was little short of astonishing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adah, the "damaged" twin, although every character offered insights or a viewpoint that elucidated the whole.


    What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

    She managed to convey multiple characters with attitude rather than vocal tricks. Also, with a very dramatic story, she never overdid it, which of course makes the drama all the more potent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    amazingly, yes. After the first third or so, I couldn't get free of the images, I had to know what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a reasonably well-read, critical, politically-aware adult raised in the '60s, and while I knew enough to suspect our country's conduct in central and west Africa was undoubtedly more expedient than just, the circumstances of this story, the historical context, were a revelation to me. Not entirely surprising, just appalling.

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    Jean 12-01-14
    Jean 12-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the Book and the Narrator"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, phenomenal story and wonderful humor even through the difficult times. I laughed and I cried, but mostly enjoyed. I loved the fact that the narrator read the story rather than tried to act out the different voices. Because of the way it was written you knew who was talking. I found it refreshing and believe my listening enjoyment was enhanced by having Dean Robertson read to me!

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