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.
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.
A good read, but the author-reader just wasn't the kind of quality reader I've grown used to with Audible downloads. A professional reader would have made it a better experience.
It had some charming qualities and I guess it was well written. She was what I picture as a classic pioneer woman of the early to mid part of the last century. The book left me wondering why I had wasted my time though.
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 totally enjoyed this book, especially after reading, "The Glass Castle." I even had to sit in my driveway an extra half hour to finish it. Very well written and narrated.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great snapshot of life at the end of one era and the beginning of another.