Pigs in Heaven

  • by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by Barbara Kingsolver
  • 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Heaven, Oklahoma, pigs are both edible and inspirational! The story begins when a 6-year-old named Turtle is the sole witness to a freak accident. As a result she and her adoptive mother, Taylor, have a moment of celebrity that changes their lives forever. After seeing them on television, Annawake Fourkiller, a young attorney for Oklahoma's Cherokee Nation, claims that Turtle was improperly taken from the tribe. Fear of losing her child sends Taylor fleeing across the country. In the course of the journey Taylor, her mother, and Annawake discover love and wisdom in surprising places, including a heaven where pigs serve as both succulent picnic fare and as guiding lights. This is a dramatic novel of heartbreak and redeeming love that explores family bonds and the many separate truths of the human condition.


What the Critics Say

"Kingsolver is giving a new voice to our literature." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Every page of this beautifully controlled narrative offers prose shimmering with imagery and honed to simple lyric intensity." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I didn't realize it was the abridged version

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is another great book from Barbara Kingsolver. I love her style of writing and especially the store that continues with this book.

Any additional comments?

The only flaw I have with this book is not the book itself rather that was the abridged version and there was no indication when I bought it that it was.

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- David Andrews

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Where does Pigs in Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pigs in Heaven is the second book in the story of Turtle and her mother and her mother's mother! I not only enjoyed the story and the narration but I learned new things to consider when making a judgement about a right or wrong in another culture. I highly recommend this book but only if the listener has listened to The Bean Trees, also by Barbara Kingsolver.

What did you like best about this story?

That love and commensense can't be beat!

What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

Barbara Kingsolver is such a excellent author. I have read or listened to all of her books this fall and winter. It has been such a excellent experience.

If you could rename Pigs in Heaven, what would you call it?

I don't have an answer for this question, but I don't really like Pigs in Heaven for a title for it.

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- Betty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: HarperAudio