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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Kingsolver Narrator: Barbara Kingsolver Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780060894573
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When six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, her insistence on what she has seen and her mother’s belief in her lead to a man’s dramatic rescue. But Turtle’s moment of celebrity draws her into a conflict of historic proportions. The crisis quickly envelops not only Turtle and her mother, Taylor, but everyone else who touches their lives in a complex web connecting their future with their past.

Pigs in Heaven travels the roads from rural Kentucky and the urban Southwest to Heaven, Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation as it draws the reader into a world of heartbreak and redeeming love, testing the boundaries of family and the many separate truths about the ties that bind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Possessed of an extravagantly gifted narrative voice, [Kingsolver] blends a fierce and abiding moral vision with benevolent concise humor. Her medicine is meant for the head, the heart, and the soul—and it goes down dangerously, blissfully, easily.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Kingsolver navigates a graceful moral route between the passions of motherhood and those of heritage…No one has much money in Kingsolver’s American Utopia, and everyone knows what it’s like to eat at a pancake house off a hot highway without knowing what to do next. But that, too, can be a kind of freedom when one has spirit and resolve and the kind of unfashionably unneurotic moral gumption that is Barbara Kingsolver’s considerable gift to the literature of contemporary womanhood.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Full of wit, compassion, and intelligence.”

    People

  • Pigs in Heaven succeeds on the strength of Kingsolver’s clear-eyed, warmhearted writing and irresistible characters…Very few novelists are as habit-forming as Kingsolver.”

    Newsweek

  • “There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature. Her dialogue sparkles with sassy wit and the earthy poetry of ordinary folks’ talk; her descriptions have a magical lyricism rooted in daily life but also on familiar terms with the eternal.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Opulent and jaunty, Pigs in Heaven revels in uncertainty, yet its images—chiefly domestic in origin—have a startling clarity…[A] ravishing, lucent, heavenly novel.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Masterful and touching…The amount of fresh imagery and perceptive observation [Kingsolver] fits into this craggy surface makes it impossible to read any three consecutive pages without knowing we’re in the presence of a brilliant writer, one not to be missed.”

    Detroit News

  • “Assured and eloquent…mixes wit, wisdom, and the expert skills of a born raconteur…The delights of superior fiction can be experienced here.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The sound of [Kingsolver’s] voice is well-suited to the tone of her novel. Not every author does justice to his or her own works, but, in this case, both the author’s words and voice match in warmth, sensitivity, and humor.” 

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vani Kannan | 2/20/2014

    " liked it better than its prequel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richelle | 2/13/2014

    " Beautiful handling of complex issues. I was a little less than thrilled at how tightly everything was tied up in the end, it just didn't ring true. But a good book for those who like happy endings, and a little symbolic/metaphoric content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Bonardi | 2/7/2014

    " This was the first one of king solvers that I read, and it is still my favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karelle | 2/5/2014

    " An enjoyable book with lovable characters. Sequel to "Bean Trees" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 2/1/2014

    " Cont. of Bean Trees. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charity | 2/1/2014

    " I haven't reached any conclusions yet about this book other than I'm not sure if I would recommend it. It wasn't too fun to read but I have a feeling I'll be thinking about it's themes for awhile. Abuse, the welfare system, prejudice, gender roles, family units, adoption, and community values. A gritty tale, there are some language and scenes that I would not recommend for children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 1/25/2014

    " a fun story, fairly light, and wrapped up a bit hastily...but many relateable characters, and quirky situations. very interesting perspective on the Cherokee Nation... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/20/2014

    " I love the women in this book. It's not often you get to read a novel filled with women you can respect and look up to. However, the plot was pretty contrived and about 2/3rds in you knew exactly how it was going to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/19/2014

    " I loved Bean Trees and this book (the sequel) gives you an even more in depth look at the characters from the first installment. As a mother to two young kids this hit a little close home for mama bear, but was another great story from a fantastic author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Clark-cook | 12/12/2013

    " A fun read, quirky in style and engaging in story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley Bennett | 12/2/2013

    " I loved both books, The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. I felt like I was part of the story. Barbara Kingsolver has a great way of bringing her readers into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 11/24/2013

    " I read it this past year as a freshman. I didn't think that I would ever finish it because I didn't like it at first, but I read it all and I really did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 9/15/2013

    " Lighter read, and I believe a sequel to an earlier story. The sequel is not as strong as the first book, but I was happy the story hadn't ended just yet... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angeline Muday | 9/9/2013

    " What can I say. Loved it. Sad to see it end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 7/19/2013

    " In the end, though I thought the sentences were amazing and the story unfolded very well, I didn't really connect much with the actual tale. So A+ for storytelling, meh on the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Ivany | 3/20/2013

    " excellent book . excellent author. i laughed / i cried / i nodded in agreement several times / i LOVED it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reading Cove Book Club ❧ | 12/31/2012

    " Bonus Book - July 2006 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heathercrow | 11/27/2012

    " I love a sequel, especially if you like the characters. Just a little bit of language in this book, but not too bad. The message of how to accept people with different backgrounds was good and not to preachy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Z | 11/26/2012

    " 3.75 - good but I didn't like it as much as The Bean Trees. Took me a while to get invested in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/28/2012

    " I picked this up because of the author's name not realizing it was the sequel to The Bean Trees. This had interesting information on the Cherokee Nation. I thought the very end was a bit trite, but overall the book was very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ohloraiadoreya | 6/20/2012

    " Light fiction, easily readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen M. | 5/15/2012

    " Another excellent story by Kingsolver! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 4/23/2012

    " Another wonderful story from a terrific storyteller. Read "The Bean Trees" first, then "Pigs in Heaven." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/17/2012

    " i didn't realize this was a continuation of the bean trees. i love that book and quite liked this one as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauri | 1/10/2012

    " I had no idea there was a sequel to The Bean Trees - one of my all time favorite books. So exciting! This was really well done, I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 1/4/2012

    " Great sequel to The Bean Trees... it's nice that Kingsolver addressed the whole person/relationship issues in this follow-up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/17/2011

    " Read aloud with Geoff. I've enjoyed the language and attitude conveyed in both books that i've read by this author. The book doesn't seem to have left a lasting, haunting impression in my head, but I enjoyed the process of reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 11/2/2011

    " I've not read Kingsolver for several years, and forgot how great she is. Her writing is so good, and so effortless to read. Enjoyable and enriching all at the same time! This was a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethanne | 10/26/2011

    " I just liked that it was realistic and that it showed there's two sides (or more) to every story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darci | 6/30/2011

    " Read it for a class. Wasn't my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma | 6/26/2011

    " A ood read as always by Barbara Kingsolver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 6/25/2011

    " Kingsolver's writing is amazing. The story line, plot, diction, voice, etc... everything is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/22/2011

    " Good story--learned a lot about the Cherokee Naton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karelle | 6/17/2011

    " An enjoyable book with lovable characters. Sequel to "Bean Trees" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 6/14/2011

    " I loved Pigs in Heaven, The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams. These are books I reread. The characters became my friends. Made me wish I belonged to a "tribe". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 6/9/2011

    " "Anybody can bet worked up, if they have the intention. It's peacefulness that is hard to come by on purpose."

    A small amount of Cherokee history involved in this story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethanne | 5/29/2011

    " I just liked that it was realistic and that it showed there's two sides (or more) to every story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisha | 5/18/2011

    " Another book for my class, but it was great. I love Barbara Kingsolver, she is one of my favorite authors!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vega | 5/11/2011

    " A lovely portrait of modern Native American stereotypes, family, and misconceptions. Beautifully worded, a fast and delightful read. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.