This prequel to The Glass Castle didn't fail to satisfy me. Not only did I find it captivating, but I thought Ms. Walls did a great job at narrating her own book. I would highly recommend it.
Story was rather dull. Narration seemed rather flat. I think one of the reasons I loved her other book, Glass Castle so much, besides the wild story, was the great narrator. Julia Gibson brought the characters to life. I wish more authors would realize that with audio books, the narration is very important to the delivery of the story. Unfortunately, most authors are not the greatest narrators. Please have more narration by Julia Gibson, she adds so much to a story.
As other reviewers state...the author is not suited for narration. Dropped her voice at every pause or sentence ending. This got so annoying! I like the story OK, but it was clear that the main character was dubbed a 'character' in real life and throughout the story. A label which is tiresome and just plain irritating. There were also many repetitions such as "crumb-bum" and "from time to time". With a different narrator, I could have overlooked these repetitive phrases...but this narrator! argh..She also read so fast sometimes, the words were garbled together. Someone needs to tell some authors that it really takes a trained actor to get the story across in a pleasant way. Also please pronounce wolf correctly. It's not woof!
I loved The Glass Castle, by the way.
Tough, touching, funny & captivating. Keeps your attention from cover to cover. Narration is top notch!
Let me preface by saying that I have not read The Glass Castle - though I now plan to! I thought this was a fantastic look at early to mid 20th century life in the American West by a woman who was without a doubt hard as nails! I may not have always loved Lily Casey, but I certainly respected her for her grit and sheer determination. If nothing else, there is no denying the fact that she was always true to herself. I disagree with it being flat and boring - I thought Jeannette did a fantastic job of reading and capturing her grandmother's voice. I look forward to The Glass Castle and finding out how Lily's daughter's life turns out.
While I completly ejoyed The Glass Castle I have to say I was disappointed with Half Broke Horses. The story gave a good background for The Glass Castle but the narration just didn't work for me. The narration was too monotone and it sounded at times as if the narrator was bored with the story. Maybe that happens with authors narrate their own work; they are so familiar with the story that they can come off sounding flat.
As I listed to this book, as it was narrated by the author, Jennette Walls, I felt uneasy. Something was bothering me, but I could not put my finger on what it was. After it was over, it dawned on me: she had overlooked her previous book: The Glass Castle, which described her childhood in an extremely dysfunctional family.
Horses was about her mother's mother, an amazing woman, who was liberated before her time - but who did a poor job of raising her mother, whose life became a disaster.
I take this as metaphor for the Great Generation, who won WWII, but also initiated the final decline of America, because they became obsessed with illusions and unable to confront reality.
Utah Granny who loves to knit, golf, do genealogy, cook, garden, read and be with family. Yes, I am a Mormon and glad to be.
The story was interesting with a view of AZ, NM, through the early 20th century. An incorrect assumption was given that all Mormons live in polygamy. The group she referred to are fundamentalists and don't have anything to do with the 14,000,000 non polygamous Mormons around the world.
The narration by the author was a mistake. Her voice dropped on almost every sentence which was a tough listen. Her son was blatantly absent of any character building and all was focused on RoseMary her daughter. It was a nice tribute to her grandmother who was a tough and interesting character.