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.
This is a captivating story of a difficult but colorful life. I was moved by the way the author shares her story with love and compassion despite the circumstances. The author's performance as reader was wonderful. I believe it added texture to this compelling memoir.
One would think it would be natural for the author of a memoir to narrate her own audio book, but in this case, no. Sounds like a recitation. It doesn't work. It's very strange. I will have to buy the actual book.
She brings you into her childhood world. Both the story and her telling are captivating. But, it is the uniquely gentle way she views her own story and the characters around her that is the most stunning.