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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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Jeannette Walls

9 Hours 0 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

September 2010

Audio Book Summary

Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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  • Anonymous

    I love this book!

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  • Rudy B

    Love everything about it.. couldn't stop reading it!!!! Gratitude and appreciation of what I have...and I don't have...

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  • Sharon H

    I think this Audiobook will appeal to many of my friends. A true story, the narrator and writer has definitely lived a difficult youth, but one filled with everything that really makes the adult exceptionally. Very inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Loved, Loved it. It gives a whole new perspective to the saying "glass half full". I was intrigued and looked forward to listening to it every day. Good ending as well.

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  • Sue N

    Loved this book and hated to have it end. It's hard to imagine how difficult life must have been for these four kids and yet it's a well told account of a soul that triumphed against adversity. Jeanette Walls sounds like an amazing woman.

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  • Michaela N.

    Haven't had a chance to *listen* yet, but I found this book years ago at an airport bookstore. It was great, I read almost the entire flight which was I believe a little more than 4 hrs.

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  • Robyn K.

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Lupe C.

    Someone recommended this book who absolutely loved it and after reading the reviews I was excited to Listen to this book.. for me it was more frustrating and the ending was very disappointing. For some people this book might be shocking but for me I know people who live this way. I can't really say that the book was bad it's just not interesting enough for me. The narrator didn't bother me she actually sounds just like one of my friends so I pictured her reading it to me.

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  • Aysha-Rae B.

    I loved reading this book, but hearing it from Jeanette give its another side to hear from.

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  • Kylin F.

    I REALLY want to like this book because of the movie (which I didn't see but love the cast) and how popular this book is however I can't get past the narrator. Which is unfortunate because she's the author. It also drags for me. It started wonderfully because it was current day and then went into the past however the past portion has been so long for me and its been hard to keep my attention. I'm not giving up though and hoping it ends with a bang!

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