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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 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

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

Boring.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-17

The first Kingsolver book I did not like. Minimal story. Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer and Flight Behaviour were much better, and would recommend all three, especially Poisonwood Bible.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,889

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

Well read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-13

What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

Very well read. Story quirky. Good listen for what I want from an audiobook - distraction while exercising or driving. I certainly enjoyed listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cliff, his therapist.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Like most audiobooks, it is well read and fleshes out the main character.