This is a period story that takes place at the turn of the century. I enjoy history so some of the descriptions of life during this time were appealing. Overall though the narrative is very average and a little over done. I kept waiting for something to happen but this is a pretty simple story about life. If your wanting to be enthralled don't buy this book.
This is the story of the plucky but wise country girl who always lands on top and outsmarts every adversary, every time.
Every. Single. Time.
There is absolutely no drama. None. To make this even more boring, the author is a dreadful narrator whose voice rises with every sentence and falls at every hard stop. When she called her "no good worthless first husband" a "crumb-bum" for something like the one-dozenth time, I turned it off.
I couldn't finish it.
I loved this book and have recommended it to everyone. It is a must read/listen. I am glad I picked this one first and now listening to "The Glass Castle"
I'm not certain I would have liked this book as a stand alone, but it was wonderful to learn about the author's mother. When I read Glass Castles, I didn't understand how her parents could behave the way they did.
I would only recommend Half Broke Horses to my friends who have read Glass Castles.
I think the author's accent made all the difference, after all, it is about her grandmother.
It has a follow-up book, Glass Castles.
I loved everything about this book. The book is extremely well written. Great story and I love that it is based on the author's grandmother's actual life. I was sad that it had to end. Make certain that you listen to the very end because the author tells us about how she wrote the story. I really enjoyed that also.
I also listened to The Glass Castle. I thoroughly enjoyed both books.
A Must Read!
The reflection on a time and way of life that has all but been forgotten.
The story was somewhat interesting. But I found myself waiting for it to end so I could get to my next book, all-the while, hoping it would get better. One of the biggest problems was the narration. She sounded like a high school kid reading her report to her class, Boring! She made a book that could have had some potential into a frustrating listen. She should leave the narration to the pros and stick to writing.
Jeanette Walls narration. She became her grandmother during the course of the novel. I even found myself speaking in her rhythm a few times. She was no nonsense kind of gal and I've been accused of being the same. Struck a cord.
Lily's trek to AZ for her first teaching job at the age of 15.
Didn't have a favorite scene, but her comment about suicide being a selfish act has stuck with me.
No extreme reaction. I felt more empowered afterwards though. That gal had moxey.
Good read, uh, er, listen.
I'm not sure what a "true life novel" is but this was just bad. Is it a novel? Is it a biography? Regardless, the main character was so full of herself that I had to stop reading. I really tried. I wanted to like it. I almost made it to the end but just couldn't do it. Somewhere in the middle I thought she might redeem herself but nope, still completely full of herself.
one of the best! Kept me motivated to go running by wanting to know what was going to happen next. Fascinating