When I read this book I was told it was rich in verbal visuals. What I didn't know was that I came home. Living 33 years in Flagstaff I felt like I came home. Beautifully written and I'm amazed at what most now consider hardship as being basic necessities. It was the time of my grandparents. A world we could only read about now. Wonderful book!
This book is a great book on it's own and is a wonderful compliment to her previous book. I listened while driving through this Northern Arizona area on my way to Northern Nevada. The old towns came alive with history and her life - as many of the pioneers to this area - was bigger than life. They don't make & seldom write about great characters like that today. I feel this book was very accurate to all the history and ranch life stories that I grew up hearing about.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story caused me to laugh, cry and inspired. Over all, a great story.
The story is somewhat interesting, though it did seem to drag on for too long. The real problem is with the audio version: the narration does not flow and is difficult to follow. The narrator inserts hard stops at commas, semi-colons, periods, and everywhere in between, so much so that it's difficult to keep track of where one sentence ends and another begins.
I enjoyed the first half of the story, but didn't want to finish it at the time because my book club meeting was several weeks away. I then made the mistake of switching to "The Help," which is a masterpiece in its own right and against which this narration doesn't even begin to compare. The best way I can describe listening to the second half of the book is that it was painful. The lead character became annoying and one dimensional and the narration only made matters worse.
Skip the audio version and read the book. Save your audio credits for something worthwhile.
We've been listening for a while. This rates up among our favorites....we like the first person narrative and Jeannette Walls' voice is right on target, as is her soul in this history of her grandmother and mother. We loved the book and have purchased and downloaded The Glass Castle also.
I enjoyed this as much as the Glass Castle. An interesting story that was well written. I think having it read by the author who knew her grandmother certainly lends value to the voice of Lilly. This is one book I'l be recommending to others without hesitation.
An interesting book describing ranching life in early Arizona, before air conditioning. Having previously read Glass Castle, I found this was an interesting look at the lives that shaped the author's mother, and gave a more sympathetic view of Rosemary. An interesting read or listen.
Having read THE GLASS CASTLE first...which was great ...I got lost in the family genealogy and felt confused until the end when it was reveled by Jeannette's birth. The rich details really took me to the West and I DID learn alot of history I had not known.
Just like her other book....this is a total pleasure and ends much too quickly. Her voice and style are so enjoyable I could listen to her all day. Wishing there were even more in this series but alas not. Her charm, delivery, stories, character, insight and honesty make this one of the best listens I've had in a long time. Sit back...listen....dream...and enjoy!