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The Poisonwood Bible

Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: Dean Robertson

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 15 hours 37 minutes

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.

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  • Michelle Kaatz

    This is a very compelling book. Kingsolver is an amazing storyteller and masterfully creates multi-dimensional, interesting characters. Having read the paper copy first, I wasn\'t sure if this would be an easy book to listen to, but the narrator speaks more quickly than most audiobook narrators do and does a great job of making Kingsolver\'s sometimes-dense prose easy and enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Emily

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible but I found it very difficult to get into. After listening to the entire first CD and not really knowing what was going on, I re-listened to it and focused entirely on the story. After that, I was completely engrossed and absolutely loved the entire story. Another thing that was kind of frustrating was that Barbara Kingsolver didn't change her voice for any of the characters. Although it became obvious over time which girl was speaking when, it was challenging to follow at the beginning. All in all this was an amazing audiobook and a stunning story. I definitely recommend it and will probably listen to it again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I read this book for the first time ten years or so ago. Just listened to it again along with my daughter. I relished every part of this story, many times rewinding just to hear a part again.

  • CZ

    I started reading this book many years ago and just couldn't finish it. Listing to it was another story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend!!

  • Rhonda Evans

    One of my all time favorite books. Love the multi-protagonist perspectives. Highly recommend this book.

  • Ziggie

    This was one of the best books I have ever read... I mean listened to. I listened to it few years back, and I still think about the characters and thought provoking ideas this book brings to the table.

  • Anonymous

    I found this took a couple chapters to get into it. It was hard to follow at first, but the basic story was good. I liked that it was long and went deep into the story from all different angles.

  • twiethorn

    Overall enjoyed the book, but the author should not have been the reader. I think it would have been more powerful if different readers would have been each of the characters they way the book is designed. Lots a great information about the Congo and history.

  • Anonymous

    Loved it ! Very interesting story - one that made you happy and sad. The life of a Baptist minister and his family in Africa opened your eyes to so many challenges that had lifelong effects to each in a different ways.

  • Amy

    I only made it to CD 3 and had just zoned off so much I didn't know what was going on.