I loved Jeanette's voice in telling this tale and am so delighted she chose to do it herself. That twangy and fiesty tone really set the pace to portray her dear old Grandma.
This book is every bit as good as The Glass Castle and is written so well, with such insight and detail and feeling, I, at times, felt as though I were right there at the kitchen table, having a cup of tea and a chat with the family as Lily waves her choppers around to show them off.
Jeanette, I really love your writing and truely admire how you turned your life around and became the successful writer you are today. It's all very amazing and profoundly inspiring.
After listening to her first book, I had really looked forward to getting this one. I was very disappointed. It is disjointed and the author should have let someone else narrate the book. Would not recommend.
I was extremely disappointed in this book. I had read the Glass Castle and really enjoyed it so I was surprised that this one was so poorly written and narrated so badly. Boring!
The story is taken from the life of the author's grandmother, great grandparents, and mother and is largely non-fiction, although called a real life novel by Ms. Walls. The telling of the story, which begins in the early 1900s in a dugout home in the bank of a draw in Western Texas, is gentle and loving. The grandmother become a teacher in one-room school houses in the most remote portions of Northern Arizona but she and her family are also farmers, ranchers, artists, policemen, and Army flyers. The grandmother's strong character, her husband's kinship with a well-known Mormon figure, and the slow sweep of history - through the 1st WW, the depresion, and the 2nd WW is very engaging. Ms. Walls is both the author and the narrator and has the advantage of knowing her grandmother's speech patterns and character. A very enjoyable read.
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.
I loved Jeannette Walls' book The Glass Castle so I had high hopes for this one. But I was somewhat disapointed...I think it came down to not liking the reader more so than the story itself.
At first, I wasn't sure I liked the reading pattern of Jeannette Walls, but soon it became apparent that it contributed to defining the main character of Lily. I soon felt swept up in the story and couldn't wait to listen to more. The American southwest and an era I knew little about came alive in vivid color, smells, and so much more. This was a great listen.
I thoroughly enjoy all books based on real life stories -- especially of the hardships of earlier America. I truly empathized with the main female character as I was a tomboy myself. The story draws you in and keeps you interested. True history is well entwined with a fascinating story. It was a nice different point of the view of the era than the usual non-fiction. The way a "cowboy" story should be.
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"
Huntress of Dirty Socks
Jeannette Walls did an incredible job preserving not only her grandmother's memory, but making the times and places in which Lilly lived as fascinating as Lilly was. (Walls is an excellent narrator, too.)
I couldn't stop listening -- this was a very enjoyable book, reminding me of Ralph Moody's stories about growing up in the west.