Having not read or listened to memoirs before, I really didn't know what to expect from this. While I felt the ending was a little abrupt, I became weirdly involved in learning more about Tobias Wolff's childhood. To get the most out of this piece, I suggest the reader gives himself/herself time after each session time to mull over Toby's story. I don't know what you'll discover, but I've walked away with a deeper apreciation for the different ways we have all grown up and how that influences our lives.
An incredibly beautiful book masterfully performed. Brilliant. Everything you'd expect from a writer of this stature and enhanced by a nuanced performance. Highly recommended.
Best enjoyed the ability of this character's mother to extricate herself from bad situations. Least enjoyed that she entered one after another and her son's continual display of delinquency and trouble.
Tobias' autobiography left me feeling sorry for all who encountered him from his Mom to his many benefactors. In trying to be frank and self revealing he seems to be only aware of how others were oblivious to his inner deceit and shameless lies. He has no love for anyone and doesn't seem to care who he hurts. I can ride along with this for a while but over time it became apparent that he just didn't care about anyone else but himself. Writing it now that he is a successful author, I would have hoped for at least an after-word of some awareness of how people had helped him and some yes, gratitude for if not letting him learn at the feet of the masters at least some common humanity of a mom trying to do the best she could.
Half way through and haven't found a reason to continue. I don't care one way or another about the main character or even the minor ones.
it was a good book, but not one that I had to listen to all the time.