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The Poisonwood Bible

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Barbara Kingsolver

Narrated By: Dean Robertson

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 15 hours 33 minutes


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.


  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Manilla F

    Excellent book and narration!

  • Jessica W

    Excellent book. Slow to get into but then you can't put it down.

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  • melissa c

    What a story teller! The narration was a bit fast at first but that's probably because she has to get through so much. Great narration once you get used to the speed. The accent ads to the feel of the story. She is an amazing storyteller as she takes on the 5 women's stories through their eyes. I was very entertained for the first half. the middle was a tad bit long but then the story ramps up in the last quarter with amazing events. Now that I've finished the audiobook I miss getting lost with them in the Kongo.

  • KarlaSmart-Morstad Smart-Morstad

    This is my fifth time either reading or listening to this novel. The voices in the writing are each so distinct and dear. The reader here is excellent.

  • Audrey Redmond

    The characters in this book will be with me forever. I have 5 sisters and their individual stories about the same experiences so reminds me of these 4 girls perspective of their life. Now about the time and the place the book is about ... I know that during the 60's I was in my teens living in Georgia going to segregated schools and not a clue what was going on anywhere in Africa. Now I am senior citizen reading this book and though I am more informative about life, Africa, and cultural differences I still learned a lot. Please read or listen to this novel you will dlffently come away change in someway.

  • Crystal Naugle

    Excellent book. So compelling. Didn't want it to end.

  • James Higbee

    An epic audiobook, exceptional narration especially considering the broad spectrum of characters. The story is uniquely exciting yet completely plausible and even historically accurate. Moving, memorable, funny, sad.