The character and setting were interesting. Narrator did an excellent job.
Everything in moderation… more is not always better
i enjoyed the lead character in this book. She was flawed and interesting. Nice, quality writing paired with a good 'who done it' and some interesting relationships mixed in. It's not your typical factory novel, but it still has some predictable paths, which was just fine for me. A good read to pass the time while cleaning the house or driving to work.
And the narration was top notch - very well done.
I loved this book. The first thing I did upon finishing was to look up Ann Leary's other novels. Getting to know the flawed, richly developed characters was a wonderful journey. I picture the main character as a cross between a feisty Blythe Danner and Lily Tomlin. I highly recommend it.
A fun read where I felt like Hikde was telling me a story over a cup of coffee... or a vodka. I couldn't wait to hear what came next.. Fun and just rich enough. and the narration was spot on and lended much to the story.
There are no stunning twists and turns, but the first person perspective works well. A bit of a sad story but the main character is relatable. The narration is excellent!
I guess if you don't mind listening to a gravelled voice drunk through the whole story that isn't much of a story then you'll enjoy listening to this . Otherwise forget it.
This book - wow! And I have NEVER said that in a review! I think it's the magical alchemy of good writing and excellent narration - it seem like this narrator was MEANT to read this book. I don't know that anyone else could have done such a bang-up job. The story really illustrates the horror of sinking into an alcoholic nightmare. At one point toward the end it gets a little surreal and dream-like, but I wonder if this is more illustrative of the hazy-reality existence of a severe alcoholic on the down-swing. Tense, scary, with twists that I did NOT see coming - I found myself rooting for this very likeable, fallible, complex protagonist. Although this book is not of the horror genre, there are some really scary parts - made scarier in that they could happen to anyone in real life. This is by far one of the best reads I have downloaded - HIGHLY recommend this audiobook!
I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a small town and the types of things from a successful, functioning alcoholics who is in denial Point of view. Then narration is absolutely superb. The intonation used by the narrator is superb. The subplot of Peter and Rebecca really adds interest and a bit of mystery to the book. There are a few twists and turns that are totally unexpected.
This is one of the best narrators I have heard.
None of these characters is entirely likeable, yet they seem engagingly human. One comes to care about them. I didn't have a favorite. All are vividly drawn.
Interesting plot. Good analysis of the changing economic forces which impact small communities. The portrayal of business in a small community -- the complex ethics involved when friendships and economic relationships go back generations and everyone knows everyone -- is both hilarious and heartbreaking, and, well, a lot like real life.