I think it helps that Jeannette is reading her own story. The pace of the story matches the pace of childhood - slow. 4 describes it perfectly.
A great story, made all the better because it was read by Jeannette Walls. I found it engaging, touching, powerful and so beautifully told.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
Sure, she had a hard life, but the way she made herself the martyr-hero in this story made me want to punch the narrator/protagonist as much as her dead-beat parents. The prose was not inventive or lively, the story barely kept my attention, and Jeannette's accent get more southern with each chapter. I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
The story was very compelling, as others have stated. The problem was the narration, I thought it would be so appropriate for the author to tell the story of her own life, but she was excruciating to listen to. Every sentence sounded like she was bored, it was as if she knew that to end a sentence with a rising tone sounded questioning or unsure, so she did the opposite, trailing down at the end of each sentence. The result sounded bored and almost a monotone. This is one that I really, really wish I had listened to the sample before buying it, I would have read the book instead of listening.
I love to learn and I love to listen to true stories, biographies, history and real life adventures.
I absolutely Love, Love, Love this book!!! I also enjoyed listening to Jeannette Walls narration I had to immediately purchase her other book, "Half Broke Horses". I would love for her to write more about her and her families life. ☺
The story was interesting and engaging but although Ms. Walls is an excellent writer, the narration was awful.
The performance was flat. It did get slightly better as the book progressed but it was not good. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this was the worst narration ever. I wanted to stop listening and run to get the print version. This one is truly a better read in print.
Hearing this crazy story and having no idea where things were going to go next.
The visit to the zoo.
Hearing the story in her own voice made it believable. If an actor had read it one would have a difficult time believing it was true.
Given all that the Walls children endured, it is amazing to see the strength of their family.
i love the story and i love Jeanette's voice and her narration! read her book
Jeanette because of her tenacity and fairness.
i listened to
all of it.
such a good story and writing. i didn't want it to end.
In rates in the top 30 of the audible books I've listened to - which is over 300.
I liked the main character and her strengths. Not enough space to go into detail.
Favorite scene was when she, at 15 years of age, rode horse for several days, alone, to reach her destination.