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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:
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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.”


  • 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.”


  • “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.” 


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Karelle | 2/5/2014

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

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