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.
Say something about yourself!
Several times I was hoping the plot would thicken....to no avail.
That's a catch 22. The narrator was "really good". (no pun intended) but often I wanted more of a surprise...
. The book DOES have great/wonderful descriptions of people, places and things. I don't have a favorite scene...there are many places the author would take you and it felt as if you were actually there.
This was one of the easiest books to be drawn into and I was so sad when I finished it. I absolutely cannot say enough how wonderful the narration is. Mary Beth Hurt is so amazingly entertaining. Every character was beautifully developed and complete. The story is one of brutal and tender self discovery. Loved Hildy so much!
I loved Hildy! She is a charismatic relatable character with a warm and perfect balance of sarcasm, humor and depth.
I love all kinds of fiction. Be it the dark holes of the mind, to the courtroom, the dungeons, space, to battlefields on land & bedrooms.
This was my first book by this author, I read it based on the review of another audible listener and cannot express how much I enjoyed it.
Hildie is such a wonderful character. She is well expressed by the narrator and the author.
The topics of child rearing, depression, alcoholism, and its effects on her family, friends, co-workers and the potentials for disastrous consequences are all touched upon just enough to give the book it's serious notes but not enough to take away from a lighthearted theme.
Some might think that the protagonist didn't take her drinking seriously enough, but then you wouldn't understand alcoholism. An alcoholic never does.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
It seemed like the author was taking a lot of time giving the background of the story, but not getting to the 'story line' or 'conflict'.. then all of a sudden I realized that the story was all background, the recall of experiences.. The description was vivid, the narrator was really great... so now that I've finished it.. I liked it:)
I can't say enough about the narrator of this book. She did all the characters brilliantly and made me feel as I was right there with all of them. The story itself was very good also. The only thing that keeps me from giving this a 5 star is my disappointment in the main character throughout the book. However, that should tell you how much I felt responsible for the main character, thereby saying the writing was fantastic. (which it was). But, this story won't motivate you to go change the universe,it will be just a fantastic read!
Definitely my Top Fifty, and I own over (don't want to say, but easily 500+) When I'm painting, gardening, bored? I always pick Hildy, Hildy Goode I get goose-bumps just writing this.
Two just popped into mind, the showing of Rebecca's property's & the dinner party held by Wendy. Don't want to be a Spoiler. I could give others.
Oh so many, you would never know it's Ms. Hurt performing so many parts, male & female, young & old. Bravo to the Actor. Up and down, she never misses. (Shrug, what can I say? without quoting too many scenes.)
This book is a description, flavors, history, memories & more of the Coastal Northeast and current day inter-personal interactions of the great-great-grand-children. Some want to remain, others resent the history.
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.