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Publisher's Summary

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.
Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.
©1988 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By withherownwings on 02-22-14

a dear favorite

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Catarina on 03-26-12

I felt invited to her journey from my armchair

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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