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.
This book was absolutely amazing, I was so compelled by this book and the story line. I loved all of the members of the family and I could not put this book down!
Incredible story of coping, family dynamics and imagination.
Jeannette's reading of her story made it feel like she was in your living room telling you her story over coffee or drinks.
Well written and read by the author. A definite "page turner".
The story was just a life story, no real substance or meaning. Though I'm sure the cussing and sexual parts had to be told, this type of book isn't for me. Lots of facts without depth of feeling
My son was given this book for his summer reading list from his teacher. We purchased it for our road trip & it was not only wonderful to listen to but it brought our attention together, which as a mother I really enjoyed. The story also made ME feel like I was a pretty darn good mum :-)