I couldn't stop listening. Loved the story over a woman's whole interesting life. Also like that it was the mother of the crazy mom in Glass Castles. Liked hearing some of her childhood also.
This is very much worth a listen. I recently finished "Glass Castle" and wanted more. Although not an immediate tie in with GC, this story seems to easily relate to GC since you know you are finding out about Wall's grandmother - and the prime influence on her mother. Helps to make sense out of GC if that is of interest to you. If not, it is still an interesting story of a tough and self-reliant woman making a go of it in the early 1900's in Arizona and New Mexico.
Jeannette Walls has captured the voice of her grandmother through this excellent novelization of her family history. An inspiring story for men and women alike. Less horrific than her first book (Glass Castle) but equally as engaging. In fact, if you have not read The Glass Castle-- read this first.
This book gave some background that was very helpful in understanding Ms. Walls unconventional upbringing. (The Glass Castle) Ms. Walls mother had been very influenced by the hard scrabble life of the American west and her family's need to survive. It was not comfortable nor safe. In giving us the story of her grandparents, her own mother's life and choices became more understandable. Jeanette Walls certainly channeled her grandmother's grit to become a respected author. Good for her.
Listening to the granddaughter (and author) of the main character read this (historically based) novel lent an authenticity to the story that I did not anticipate. I could hear Lily speaking! Extraordinary life during a bygone era.
Jeanette Walls's writing and performance in this audio book keeps your attention, grabs your heart and creates an emotional connection to the characters. Having just finished Glass Castle I wanted to continue the connection and Half Broke Horses was successful in doing so. Although a different story, different perspective, the rhythm was the same and writing smooth. Highly recommended.
I read Jeannette Walls' book "The Glass Castle", and absolutely loved it. This book transports you to her grandmother's pioneer upbringing in Texas and Arizona.
Entertaining and educational. A fabulous glimpse into our grandparents' generation! Walls has a wonderful talent for conveying a story in a very enjoyable, believable way. What a treasure her books are for her family and the rest of us.