the narration was horrendous! the author, who narrates the book, should have hired someone more experienced to narrate the story. in the beginning it was almost painful to listen to, but the book itself is a great story. I loved the book and because of that I give this a four start rating. I only wish I would have read the print version in this case.
The children lived through a tough life but the story focused on resiliency and love. I was totally wrapped up in these characters lives as they worked through challenges of parental self absorption. An inspiring story and worthwhile listen.
I already have. Story is close to home for many of us.
The bar story with her dad.
She brought real emotion to the book
I like historical fiction, fantasy, literature, & mysteries. I rate good books a 3, especially good books 4 and only a few great books a 5.
The details of this Jeannette Walls’ life are absolutely amazing. The fact that she and her siblings overcame such a strange upbringing is evidence that desire and self-reliance are more important to success than material things. The book is less successful than the children. The details of the strange childhood go on too long with too much detail and the transition from childhood to successful adulthood is not sufficiently fleshed out. I understand the desire for the author of a biographic piece to narrate, but the poor narration is too distracting. Read, rather than listen and skip ahead if you get bored, it’s worth it.
This memoir is a testament to the tenacity, wit, and wherewithal a person needs to overcome a hardscrabble childhood. You will enjoy this book and have a newfound appreciation for Ann Patchett.