It was interesting to hear the story read by the heroine's granddaughter. She remembers the way her grandmother spoke and it was authentic to hear Lily's words told by someone who knew what she sounded like.
From the first trial to the last, the heroine is unshakable. She's an incredibly compelling woman.
what a story!
i liked that Lilly's second husband, Jim Smith, was such a decent hard-working guy.
there is an honesty in her voice. she is extremely pleasing to listen to.
Lilly - Grandma Smith. what a character!
read both of Jeanette books
I liked this book, helped explain Glass Castle, which I loved. Story kept me involved and amazed. Actually made me want to read Glass Castle again to see how the mother/daughter Rosemary acted with her own children after she left her mother Lily.
Walls is TERRIFIC narrating this journey! This story/biography is for every mom, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, grandmother out there!
The BEST feel good story! I couldn't leave my mp3 player in the truck...had it on in the house too!!!
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Again I liked the story, not as much as glass castle but it was good. However I truly wish Ms Walls would stop already with the self narration her voice is so emotionless and flat. It is obvious she is covering her accent... why? I am not sure, all I do know is it makes her come off mono tone.
I loved The Glass Castle but only liked this book. Her grandmother led an interesting life, but the story seems contrived at times and Jeannette's perfect diction was a distraction in a story about someone from Texas. I would read this book vs. listen to it.
I liked My Antonia because of the historical information. This is similar and better because of the modern references. I recommend this to anyone who likes U.S. history in the 20th century. The author narrating is fine. Some didn't like it, but I did.
First, let me admit a real, but unintended, mistake on my part. I listened to this immediately after True Grit, thinking they would be good companions. True Grit is such a great listen that I now know it would be difficult for anything that follows to meet the standard it sets. Thus, my reaction to this book may be as much about when I listened to it as it is about the book itself.
This woman lived a very interesting life, and accomplished and survived a lot. I think her character is very much captured in the book -- but that same person, who takes everything straight on, just gets it done, no emotion, doesn't provide enough "story" for us. There are no details. There's no suspense. There's no joy or sadness. Things just happen. Not enough rain? I decided we should build a dam. So we got a bulldozer and built a dam. Done. Enough said. What's amazing is that she has so many of these stories that they can be linked together to give us an entire book.
Jeannette Walls' narration doesn't help. I wasn't bothered as much by her accent, or lack thereof, as I was by her overall reading style. She is a "down" reader (who reads without diphthongs, I might add). Inflection at the end of every phrase and every sentence is down. This makes the narration very matter-of-fact, with no anticipation at all, even in the structure of a single sentence. So everything is flat, a statement rather than a story. Combine that with a book that has no emotion and it's a rather dull experience.