I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
Narration was super!
It was very easy to identify with the characters of this book. Being a mother, a friend, an adult lover. It was easy - because Ann Leary took normal, everyday situations in life and put them to words and succeeded beautifully! There's no mystery, or surprise ending - but there is heart and grit and pain and joy.
I would definitely recommend it. The story lines were compelling, but unfolded at the perfect pace. I wanted to fall more deeply into this town and its inhabitants every time I picked up my phone or ipad to listen.
I cannot think of another book that is comparable.
Mary Beth Hurt painted such a vivid picture of the main character. Every inflection, perfectly executed phrase and pause brought me closer to feeling like I had known her all my life. This was probably one of the most beautifully executed performances I have listened to. Her other characterizations are equally well drawn.
It made me laugh several times, but mostly made me shake my head in complete understanding of these characters' personalities, motivations, peculiarities, and shared human condition. The author either has great insight or great intuition into the psyche and demonstrates it on every page.
I chose this book on a whim, and am SO glad I did. Maybe it chose me...
Funny, terrifying, and heartbreaking.
This is the first time I've heard Mary Beth Hurt narrate and I honestly think I'd have a difficult time hearing her be anyone else but Hildy Good.
This audiobook will spoil you for other audiobooks. This is the perfect pairing of character and narration. Mary Beth Hurt is fantastic. All of the sudden, I actually care about who is reading my book.
Yes - Hilde is a great character. She is likable and scrappy.
Hilde describing how she doesn't really have a problem with drinking - she didn't pass out, was just taking a nap. LOL
The tone of her voice was perfect!
If the story was even slightly interesting I would have given it 2 starts. NOTHING happened. terrible boring.
Not really, just think this was a bad one in the bunch. I will be more careful to trust other peoples high reviews.
I liked the performance more than anything else, can't say much negative about it.
The whole book.
It was awful.
The title caught my eye. The location was familar to me. The dark humor and insight into the rationalization and realization of alcholoism is, in my opinon, well done. Applause to both author and narrator.
Life in the Thumb
This is the best audio presentation that I've experienced to date!! Mary Beth Hurt WAS Hildy Good. I loved her raspy voice and she absolutely nailed the accent and the whole vibe of the character. I was struck with how immediate the faces, the houses, and the whole town came to life within my mind as I was listening. There was never a dull moment and I found myself anxiously wanting to return to my iPhone to listen to the story.
Recommend? YES! This will probably be in my top favorite books and audios of the year! Hildy captured my attention from her very first sentence, she made me laugh out loud at her inappropriate thoughts, shaking my head in exasperation at her justification of "it's only wine, I can handle my wine." This was a brilliant audio production of a stellar book!!
Yes I would. The story was truly interesting and gave insight to how a small town can band together. Lots of jucy secrets revealed.
When Hildy came to her conclusion that her drinking was way out of control nad how she delt with it.
I loved her voice. She really made me believe she was Hildy.
When the young boy was found and the connection he had with the horse.
Mary Beth Hurt should do more audio books !!! She was fantastic.
Being raised by an alcoholic mother, I did not expect to love this character but I did. This is a great story that makes you love this woman even with what she does. Hearing the book from her perspective is a new and wonderful experience. The fact that she does not see her drinking in the same way as her daughters and friends was very interesting.