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!
Just finished this book and really enjoyed it. I am often reluctant to buy a book read by the author, but Jeanette Walls did not try to put too much of herself into this. Great, strong character development without over dramatizing her. Nice.
I enjoyed Glass Castle a lot. I have tried two times to listen to this book and it has been painful both times. Sounds a if a sixth grader wrote it. The narration should have been left to a professional.
I am part of a small lunch time book club with some friends from work. We all agreed that this book was a great read. We (well most of us) had read and enjoyed Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls' first book, and were delighted when another novel by her came out. Excellent read. This book is a "true life novel" about her grandmother Lilly Casey, born 1901. Jeannette writes it in 1st person and she also narrates the book which really gives it a personal feeling. There is an explanation at the end about why it's a true life novel and not a memoir but the adventures of Lilly Casey are based on stories from her family, specifically her mother Rosemary, and other family. We all loved it and highly recommend.
She has a nice clear writing style not too many details just the ones to give you the full picture and mood. It is interesting to know a little back story to some of the characters in the Glass Castle. She has a good reading voice. The protagonist is a refreshing female voice in the history of american west.
I am new to the audio book world. This was my first audio book. I chose this book because I love historical fiction and books based on true events. I read over many of the reviews on this book and decided this would be a great first "listen". I am just over halfway through this book and I am captivated. I can't stop listening. I'm sure I will have completed it before my girls are off the bus. The story is wonderful and the writer/narrator's way of telling the story is just as captivating. It is like I am right there in the story. I have found myself crying, gasping, even holding my breath as I listen to events unfold.
I'm so glad I took others advice and read this book before Glass Castle. It gave an important frame of reference that was helpful - and lent a believability factor to that book. This writer is gifted at sharing personal stories that make you want to know more.