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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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    Patricia Dragotta Los Angeles, California United States 08-16-17
    Patricia Dragotta Los Angeles, California United States 08-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    Proof that not all authors should read their own work. I don't even know if it's a great is book, I simply can't get through it with this reader. I'm m sorry. I wish I could get my $ back. 😕

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    Cindy Martinez 08-16-17

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    "Kept having to remind myself this is a true story."
    Would you listen to The Glass Castle again? Why?

    Yes, but only to clarify parts that I may have missed because after a certain thing happened toward the end, I was blown away that they could have lived like that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glass Castle?

    Would give away the most important fact to come out of the book.


    What about Jeannette Walls’s performance did you like?

    Everything. It is a horrendous story of a family that does not even qualify for dysfunctional - there is no word to describe it, yet her dedication and love for her parents and her siblings is moving and telling of unconditional love of a child.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her mother's choice about the ring found by the reader, but it was not a good kind of moving. It was an awareness of the depth of the woman's selfishness - a first real view into her heart and it wasn't good.


    Any additional comments?

    If you thought your family life was bad, read this book. Mine was bad, hers was beyond unimaginable because her parents were extremely smart and CHOSE this life.

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    milissa 08-16-17
    milissa 08-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I really enjoyed this book!"

    it is hard to believe that parents could be so blind of their own actions that their children would have to dig through trash at school to not starve. This is a great example of how your childhood doesn't determine who you are, you do!

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    Susan L. 08-16-17
    Susan L. 08-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story but narration was dull"
    Would you try another book from Jeannette Walls and/or Jeannette Walls?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare The Glass Castle to and why?

    Half Broke Horses


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her pronunciation, inflection and slight accent were distracting at times. I found that the narration detracted from what would, otherwise, have been a very good story.


    Was The Glass Castle worth the listening time?

    yes


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    Linda Reid 08-16-17
    Linda Reid 08-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A very memorable book"

    Amazing life story! This story evoked so many emotions from me, all the way through. My husband heard me exclaim "No" on so many occasions at parts of the book where I could not believe the parents explanations to their children of the dire straits they forced their family into. Such a rollercoaster of a book!

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    guiborquel 08-15-17
    guiborquel 08-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great memoir"

    So true, honest and relatable!!! i enjoyed every little bit of it. I ended up loving and hating every single person mentioned in this book.

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    "wow"

    an extremely relatable book breathtaking would recommend to anybody who is interested or anybody who is just passing by please read this book you don't know what you're missing thank you.

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    Jane Perry NEWPORT, RI, US 08-15-17
    Jane Perry NEWPORT, RI, US 08-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Read or listen before though you watch"

    Loved it. Do read it or listen to it before you watch the movie. Enjoy!

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    Hazel 08-15-17
    Hazel 08-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    My daughter read this book and recommended it, but I never got around to it found it on audible and wanted to read it before the movie came out. So glad I did. Amazing story of strength and resilience.

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    PHMoore 08-14-17
    PHMoore 08-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible Story!!!"

    One of the best stories I have ever listened to/read!! Jeanette Walls pulls you in and never lets go!! It is one of those stories that sticks with you! Can not say enough great things about her story. A must read!! Thank you Jeanette Walls for sharing your life.

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