No. The obvious political message was seriously over cooked. Every character was a one dimensional stereotype (noble immigrant, 'cowgirl' with a heart, plucky go-getter, slacker rodeo guy, jock, poor kid, etc...) The ignorance level of the main character was simply annoying and frankly unbelievable.
Maybe but it would have to be one that she's a better fit for. Her voice was too mature and sassy for someone that was supposed to be young an naïve. She was not a good choice for the main character.
I would have dropped it if not for my book club commitment.
The one hole in one was the three minutes spent describing the Wisteria's symbiotic relationship with its bugs. Good analogy, sums up the book's overarching message well but not worth my 9 hours and 20 minutes.
This was an assigned reading I had in high school, I never read it back then, just skimmed it and got the jist but I always intended to go back and read it because it sounds like a good story. I was not disappointed :)
I love the clarity and courage of this protagonist, and the unexpected crescendo of events she lets herself become deeply committed to, and the seasonal relationships that develop over time. And the underlying stream of humour makes it a book I relish! and will re-listen to again and again. I felt C.J. Critt as a narrator transmitted the nuances of the book with an even lighter touch than the author herself. Looking forward to Pigs in Heaven being produced unabridged.
I first read The Bean Trees in 1988, shortly after I moved away home, so at that time I had something in common with Taylor, the main character. I picked it up on Audible recently, remembering that I'd liked it but not recalling much of the plot. I really enjoyed listening to it and came to care about the characters all over again. Highly recommended.
good story, covers important topics through a good story, but I was so bummed it wasn't read by Barb ara herself. and I found it not quite as engaging and subtlety developed as her other books. or, is that because of being read by someone else?