What a great story, there were times where I could hardly believe this was a true story. I'm going to have my daugther read it when she gets older and recommend it to others. It's uplifting that Jeannette Walls came from poverty, moved through life so positively and was determined to make a good life for herself. It could have been so easy to follow in her parents footsteps or into a life of drug abuse. I highly recommend this book and believe it should be required reading in high school.
Yes, it was recommended to me and I would recommend it to my friends. The picture provide of the places she lived. The functionality of the family - how the children survived
This was the first one - and I did enjoy it
When she saw her mother on the street in NY. The emotions she expressed and how she walked through their lives
I had heard rave reviews about this book. Granted, the author overcame some big obstacles in life, but in general I found the story and the writing to be sophomoric. It read more like an oral recounting of a number of stories pieced together. Some were entertaining but on the whole, I found the book pointless and laborious.
Great book, this book make you think and give you new perspective on our common modern life.
I enjoyed this book so much I was sad to come to the end. It was completely absorbing. Time slipped away while I got lost in the life of Jeannette and her family as they lived lives I couldn't have imagined. Intresting people rarely have a boring past!
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.
The first ten sentences belong totally in the world of fantasy.
Not by this author.
Anger at the company who paid her for her "memoir".
I would consider the audio version better than print ONLY because the author was reading it. I read the print version a few years back and thought it was an amazing story. Listening to the author tell her own story in the non judgemental way the book was written, made the story come alive for me.
We are not all victim's of circumstance
Just not a story I could listen to.
Sometimes a preview listen is just not enough to let a listener know if the book is of interest
Why do authors read their own work?? I was really looking forward to this book. It is a wonderful story and a great book. Unfortunately, the "performance" is intolerable. I couldn't get past the first hour. Every sentence ends on a down beat and is followed by a too lengthy pause. It is as if she is reading poetry in a late night coffee house.
I wish I had listened to a sample before I wasted a credit.