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!
Love to travel, love to read and those two go well together! Audible has broadened my reading horizons and I enjoy finding new books.
I bought this book after just a cursory peek at reader's reviews. I should have read deeper. I hated the narration almost as much as the writer's style. Rather than a story, Jeannette merely recites facts. Rather than build the character's emotions, she merely tells you
I would not recommend this book to anyone.
I think the writer's story might be interesting, but the delivery left much to be desired.
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.
Sorry, Jeannette. I know this was your life, but I read/listen for enjoyment (not necessarily fun, just fulfillment) and did not find it here. I downloaded this book because my sister said it was a great read (she actually read the book in a day). I quickly downloaded the audiobook and started on the journey that I anticipated based on my sister's review. Granted this was real life, but I found the story revolting and far from enjoyable. Because I will always complete a book, I listened intently to the whole story. Did not like Jeannette's voice. Not sure a different talent would have improved the experience. Yes, I get the overall lesson that one can persevere through horrible life events and become successful. The abomination of how a father abused his family and how a mother allowed it is beyond me. Not a life I know. I can certainly learn from others' experiences. Just not sure what I learned here other than that CPS (Child Protective Services) was absent when desperately needed. I am sorry for the experiences you endured, Jeannette. Good for you that you have become the author that you are. But didn't the story begin with you being ashamed to see your mother on the street? Still so much shame.
I would prefer to not have so much bad language. We don't use harsh language in our home and I don't want to hear it in a book.
The story would not be adversely affected if the foul language was greatly reduces or eliminated.