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Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
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  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

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
  • excellent read

  • By metalwork on 22-09-10

Epic african story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-11

An epic tale of a baptist minister who takes his reluctant family of wife and four girls from Georgia to the congo in 1960. The story is told in the 5 female voices and all are changed by the experience. The book is not narrated as stated by Dean Robertson but ? by the author. All five voices are different, offering alternate perspectives on Africa The family disperses following a death. I found the story gripping but the second half not as satisfactory(a bit of a polemic). However I would strongly recommend this audio - it inspired me to read more of modern African history.

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  • The Pale Criminal

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second in the series and just as good

  • By chris on 19-01-09

Great period feel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-10

i really enjoyed the hard-boiled detective in this series and the backdrop of 1930s Berlin provides a sinister atmophere. All the series are good but I did not enjoy Philip Kerr's other books. Luckily he has return to the Bernie Gunther stories

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