We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
The Silver Star: A Novel | [Jeannette Walls]

The Silver Star: A Novel

It is 1970. "Bean" Holladay is 12 and her sister, Liz, is 15 when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble," takes off to find herself." She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.
Regular Price:$20.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

From one of the best-selling memoirists of all time, a stunning and heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world - a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

It is 1970. "Bean" Holladay is 12 and her sister, Liz, is 15 when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble," takes off to find herself." She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

The author of The Glass Castle, hyper-alert to abuse of adult power, has written a gorgeous, riveting, heartbreaking novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love the world despite its flaws and injustices.

©2013 Jeannette Walls (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (174 )
5 star
 (43)
4 star
 (52)
3 star
 (56)
2 star
 (14)
1 star
 (9)
Overall
3.6 (143 )
5 star
 (38)
4 star
 (39)
3 star
 (44)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (9)
Story
3.6 (145 )
5 star
 (45)
4 star
 (42)
3 star
 (36)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (17)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Maureen McDaniel Santa Rosa, CA USA 07-23-13
    Maureen McDaniel Santa Rosa, CA USA 07-23-13 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reader a disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Jeannette Walls and/or Jeannette Walls?

    I really like her writing and loved the two other books of hers that I have read.


    What was most disappointing about Jeannette Walls’s story?

    I am not continuing to listen, because the narration is so unpleasant for me!


    What didn’t you like about Jeannette Walls’s performance?

    The pacing is off, the expression seems forced, and her voice is not professional in quality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rachel SALINA, KS, United States 07-08-13
    Rachel SALINA, KS, United States 07-08-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hire a narrator!"
    What did you like best about The Silver Star? What did you like least?

    Jeannette Wall's is a good writer. I look forward to her books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Hire a narrator!


    What didn’t you like about Jeannette Walls’s performance?

    Drab, too like her other books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Glenda Alameda, CA, United States 06-23-13
    Glenda Alameda, CA, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another great story from Walls"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so well developed. I also loved Jeanette's narration.


    Have you listened to any of Jeannette Walls’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes. It's as good as the others. I didn't want it to end.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kbod29 Upstate NY United States 06-26-13
    Kbod29 Upstate NY United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great read!"
    If you could sum up The Silver Star in three words, what would they be?

    Great summer read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character " Bean". Her 12 year old perspectives run a wide range from innocent to tenacious & stubborn through the whirlwind of changes she & her sister take on, both In their world as kids & the world of adults. Uncle Tinsley, the reclusive hoarder, was a close second with his odd, but caring efforts in offering the girls an anchor in their lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    1st day of school at their new school - the mixture of excitement & dread against the backdrop of the historical timing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were both "laugh out loud" moments & moments where I winced with empathy for Bean, her sister, & her mom, & others in the Holladay clan.


    Any additional comments?

    Believable characters & real life dilemmas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-14 of 14 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.