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The Poisonwood Bible

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Dean Robertson

15 Hours 33 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

May 2017

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“A powerful new epic . . . [Kingsolver] has with infinitely steady hands worked the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

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 everything 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. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Taking its place alongside the classic works of postcolonial literature, this ambitious novel establishes Kingsolver as one of the most thoughtful and daring of modern writers.

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  • Anonymous

    It was difficult to follow. I wasn’t sure I wanted to stick with it. The switching to different characters with no change in voice to speak of by the narrator caused me to repeat sections over and over. I thought I would never finish. Overall a good book as far as story goes though. Probably better to read the book than listen.

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  • Anonymous

    An absolutely amazing story. Loved it. Well .

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  • Kristen N.

    I could listen to this book over and over again. I was leery about listening to a narrator read one of my favorite books of all time. She opened BK’s book to me even more than I could’ve imagined. What a great performance. Everyone should have to read this book

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  • donald carson

    Great book but difficult to follow.

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  • Kathleen A.

    I read this book when it first came out and listening to it reminded me of how very wonderful it is. A timeless, beautifully written classic!

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  • Anonymous

    It was a good history of Africa and its plight with independence. Each independence was both personal and with foreign powers I love the book I was reading it during the time they were celebrating Congo’s Independence from the wickedness of the Belgians not the country is so free today change powerful element in our daily life

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  • Anonymous

    So far it’s a interesting story, at first I wasn’t to sure about it the beginning of it , but it’s really a good story

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