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I have long been a fan of the story of Taylor and Turtle Greer and their search for family (this book and Pigs In Heaven, the sequel). I read these in hard copy when I was living abroad, and they made me so nostalgic for home that I cried. They may not be as grand and sweeping a tale as The Poisonwood Bible, but they feel true and real in a tangible way. Taylor is matter of fact, practical, insecure, and wryly funny. I feel a deep connection to her. I thought CJ Critt's narration was perfect for Taylor (despite the lack of a Southern accent) as her tone is perfectly humble, heartfelt, and sarcastic. These books are a great coming of age story and I'll re-listen many more times in my life.
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Where does The Bean Trees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The Bean Trees is a fantastic book covering a journey in life as well as over land in a car. An amazing read.
What did you like best about this story?
How the main character Taylor shares her feelings and thoughts, letting me both feel connected to her and to learn a new perspective.
What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?
Her accent and voice
If you could rename The Bean Trees, what would you call it?
Something about a journey and accepting what comes to you
Any additional comments?
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.
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