Time and patience is what you need to read this book. I would never have finished it if it wasn't an audiobook that kind of read itself... The character descriptions are pretty much amazing and go into immense detail. The story however isn't really moving forward. The book goes from one character to the other, and then back to the first and sure they do things and things happen, but the great underlying story is missing. But perhaps that is life, small things happen and there isn't that great big narrative? Glad to have read it!
The Bean Trees is a fantastic book covering a journey in life as well as over land in a car. An amazing read.
How the main character Taylor shares her feelings and thoughts, letting me both feel connected to her and to learn a new perspective.
Her accent and voice
Something about a journey and accepting what comes to you
Barbara Kingsolver writes uniquely, always close to nature and with a very open relationship, straight forward to people and to what it means being human.
This is at the same time an entertaining, gripping and spiritual story told from a dog's perspective. Follow how Enzo, the dog, and his master Denny (+ his family) are living through challenging times. Hear what Enzo is thinking and wishes he could communicate. A true love story to dogs (I'm not even a dog person!) and a wise, encouraging, tale about life.
Yes I agree this book is kind of just lining up Steve Jobs' life from the beginning to the end, but it's ok - his life is really interesting! I very much enjoyed hearing the history of how various apple products were developed, about his leadership style, mood swings and the so called reality distortion field. Steve Jobs was a product genious, with an immense attention to detail. However, he was also someone who regularly kicked out staff he was unhappy with in a brutal manner and ignored his first daughter for many years. Simply an a-hole at times.
The books raises questions - how will apple ever survive without him? How come he was so harsh towards people?
Anyway a very interesting read.
This book is soooo entertaining and the main character really cool with her attitude and special abilities. So when the book suddenly finished I was a bit dissappointed. It's like she builds up this brilliant structure, but the story itself never really takes off before it's over. I see she's written two more books, so hopefully it's all developing there. The language is great - very witty. Oh, and who doesn't want to date a spiritual entity after reading this book!
This is a short enjoyable book, perfect for a trip as it is about a trip. If you're planning or thinking about a trip, or already on one, you might find this very inspiring! It was also very inspiring to hear about the orphanage, made me want to go a visit. The story is not very nuanced, but rather simplistic. But again, quite enjoyable.
How is it possible that I haven't read Barbara Kingsolver before?! This book is beautifully read by the author and takes you to a small farming community, into families, into peoples' lives and most of all out in nature. Seldom have I read such beautiful portraits of women, described just like they are. And she doesn't take you where you necessarily want the story to go, annoying of course, but the story is bigger than that, and closer to life.
This is really an excellent listen - a really interesting story giving you insight into a family during a difficult time. It's not a negative book though, but rather quite hopeful. Loved the narration and how it is written from each character's perspective. Those of you who have experienced growing up with a sibling who gets a lot of attention (due to illness or disability for example) might appreciate the sibling perspective in this book, I certainly did.
Wonderfully read and a real joy to listen to - but the story is honestly quite dull and predictable. It is a good listen when you have a million other things to do and it doesn't matter if you miss a sentence here or there. So if your life has been a bit shaky and chaotic, this is a great choice to regain stability.
A quite straight forward account of Jane Goodall's life among the chimpanzees in Africa. However amazing her life was, the story isn't very interesting. She does however build a strong case for looking after the nature and that everyone can do something to make a difference.
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