I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
It is hard to believe that people lead lives such as the one Walls narrates in this book. That a person can have an upbringing such as the one she had and turn out capable and well-adjusted is nothing short of a miracle. I loved that Jeanette developed strength from adversity and was inspired by her.
I WANT TO PUNCH HER PARENTS IN THE FACE! I could not finish this book. I was very annoyed at how stupid and apathetic ALL of the adults in this book are. This may be a true story but I have trouble believing anyone can be this idiotic and irresponsible. The narration was OK. It made the story more authentic but her accent changed a lot throughout.
I did listen to Half Broke Horses, which I liked much better, but I probably would not listen to anything else without a very good recommendation. I really did NOT like this book, at all!
I think as the author she is too close to the story, and has only limited performance skills.
It was a waste of time. I did not find it entertaining or enlightening, just depressing and dismal.
Ms. Walls life story certainly suggests she has done well from difficult beginnings, but honestly there was just too much of the irresponsible mother and father who simply could not be bothered to raise or care for their children once they'd gotten around to having them.
This book is such a stunning combination of beauty and heartbreak.
As sad as it is, it's also humorous and uplifting. I highly recommend it.
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
The audio edition of The Glass Castle is superior than the print version because it gave me the means to enjoy a book that has been around for eleven years. I listened while driving, cooking, and walking. I could never do that with the print version. Jeannette Walls also did a masterful job of performing the voices of her family in a way that was intimate and passionate. No one else could have read her book for her.
Rex Walls was my favorite character. He was insane but brilliant, cruel but kind. I enjoyed Jeannette Walls' even handling of her father's two-sided nature. As the closing lines affirm, he dwelt in the area between order and chaos.
The scene I enjoyed the most was when Rex, homeless, forked up $950.00 for his daughter's tuition. I wanted to cry. Despite all of his craziness, the man loved his children.
Yes, I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting but I managed o finish it in several days. The book was riveting unlike any memoir I have enjoyed. I highly recommend it.
I listed to this book on Audible, so it really helped the story sink in. What an incredible story. Brought so much insight and understanding to me.
So many things I loved about this book - in particular, that Jeannette narrated it.
The book was long, interesting, entertaining, well-written and I can walk away saying it was time well spent moving through it.
Particularly, as a foster mom, I feel better equipped to understand the kinds of backgrounds children at risk come from.
I appreciate this book.
This truly is the best memoir, perhaps the best CNF, I've ever read. Jeannette Walls' ability to pull the reader in, to vividly show, to paint a picture with words every bit as skillfully as a master could with paint and brush...it's crazy, and leaves the reader in a subspace of shock, empathy, and delight.
But I wish she hadn't narrated it herself.
My best guess is that Walls' journalism background influenced her reading. Where she writes emotion into every word, she reads with almost none. It made for a difficult listen, and did poor service to such an incredible work.
My advice: buy the book.