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?
The story seemed a little disjointed, characters that made an appearance but didn't add to the outcome of the story. The ending was inconclusive.
The performance was ok, but the narrators voice was too old for the character.