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  • The Bean Trees

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a dear favorite

  • By withherownwings on 02-22-14

Barbara, can we have a "re-do?"

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Reviewed: 02-22-12

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I wish Barbara Kingsolver would re-record this book in her own voice. Although C. J. Critt is great for Janet Evanovich books and many others, she just doesn't fit with this story. The main character is supposed to be in her 20's, and her roommate and the rest of her relatives are supposed to be from the south. Why does Ms. Critt insist on reading them with a Minnesota Accent? And there are these super long pauses at the chapter breaks. Sorry to be so negative, I just adore Ms. Kingsolver's writing and have listened to every unabridged book of hers Audible has to offer, and I just don't think I can finish this one. And one more thing Audible...quit bothering with abridged novels (many of Barbara Kingsolver's audio books on Audible are unfortunately...abridged.) I would never waste a credit on an abridged book!

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