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.
For what it is, a factual account of the Bulgers, this was a good story. I only read this book because Whitey was arrested recently and I wanted to learn more about the Bulgers. It is always insightful to see how the "network" works. Always disappointing to see how supposed Catholics behave (yes, I am Catholic) in the infamous Massachusetts subculture. The narrator reminded me of the Laugh-in radio announcer character played by Gary Owens. I'd love to add an image here, but cannot. For those old enough to recall, this announcer was the over the top, take yourself just a little too serious announcer. Anyway, I finished the book, but it was not enjoyable, just informational.
I started this audiobook with amazement at the flavor added to the rich storyline due to the narration by multiple talents. What a gift to us "readers". Due to some technical difficulties, I ended up seeing the movie before I could complete the audiobook. The movie was fabulous and moving. However, getting the opportunity to listen to this audiobook in full production left me humbled and motivated to be as brave and selfless as Skeeter. I will definitely listen to this full-bodied story again. Bravo!
Read it because I saw the movie trailer. Enjoyed the storyline - represented actual growth of individuals from college age to adulthood. Not everyone leads a stellar life. Thought this would be predictable. While it was to a degree, the end of the book will stay with me (no spoilers here).
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