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The Glass Castle Audiobook

The Glass Castle: A Memoir [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly.

Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict". Cooking a meal that would be consumed in 15 minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town - and the family - Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

©2005 Jeannette Walls (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jeannette Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhoods ever to be set down on the page. This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit." (Dani Shapiro, author of Family History)

"The Glass Castle is the saga of the restless, indomitable Walls family, led by a grand eccentric and his tempestuous artist wife. Jeannette Walls has survived poverty, fires, and near starvation to triumph. She has written this amazing tale with honesty and love." (Patricia Bosworth, author of Anything Your Little Heart Desires and Diane Arbus: A Biography)

"Just read the first pages of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and I defy you not to go on. It's funny and sad and quirky and loving. I was incredibly touched by it." (Dominick Dunne, author of The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper)

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    Robert J Schimmel 08-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    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

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    Elizabeth 07-27-16
    Elizabeth 07-27-16 Member Since 2015

    Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.

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    "Why is it Critically Acclaimed???"

    I hated this book. I try to read a variety of genre of books. This one often pops up on "must read" lists. I knew it was a memoir written by the daughter of neglectful parents. I made it half way through and quit it. Finally two months later, I revisited it and finished it. The story is told in a cool, detached fashion and lacks any insight. These parents were abusive and narcissists. Sadly, probably mentally ill and the dad, alcoholic. They were not eccentric. I often "do" tough topics and abuse is one of them but I want to learn from the author. How did she survive these parents and how could she possibly have kept them in their lives? Tragic story. Horrible book.

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    Anele 07-26-16
    Anele 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't stop listening to it :-)"

    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 :-)

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    jzh 07-26-16
    jzh 07-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "So intelligent...Choice or No Choice at All"

    Quagmires upon quagmires chosen and unchosen and family bonds through differences. Values reversed from parents to children.

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    krissy94 07-24-16
    krissy94 07-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    Rich characters that I both loved and hated. I will definitely read more of her books

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    Xavier Lopez 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    This was an interesting story with a great narration. It was a very intriguing and captivating story to listen to while simultaneously being productive. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in well written memoirs.

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    "WOW!!! Awesome book"

    This was an incredible story! I admire the drive and persistence of the author and her siblings. They were truly blessed with spirit and fortitude to overcome. Read this book and appreciate what you have

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    Stephanie Anne Graham San Diego, California United States 07-15-16
    Stephanie Anne Graham San Diego, California United States 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    Dark but tender read . You will have compassion for children growing up in such chaos And compassion for the parents who's madness and different mind set drives the story

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    Jeb P. 07-14-16
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    "Great read!"

    I laughed, I cried, I became furious, I even found myself speaking out loud to the author. This is a truly unbelievable memoir. You'll love it.

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    Errily 07-13-16
    Errily 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great read ruined by the narrator"

    I really enjoyed reading the book, it's a shame the audible version wasn't done by a professional narrator... ugh... she ruined it...

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