The character and setting were interesting. Narrator did an excellent job.
Everything in moderation… more is not always better
This is just an okay book, with a simple but decent plot. The worst part, for me, was the narration. It was overwrought throughout so the parts that might have been dramatic were just part of an ongoing rant.
I am on chapter 6, and I still couldn't tell you what this book is about. Listening to the main character narrate is like listening to your friend with Asberger's babble on for hours about people that you have no idea who they are, and pointless details and side notes that have no purpose. I really just don't understand the point of this story and I just can't keep listening.
Say something about yourself!
I am so glad I purchased this book. This is the story of Hildy a 60-year-old woman, a real successful real estate agent, divorced, mother of two and a grandmother. Hildy is an alcoholic who does not feel she has a problem. Her family performed an intervention and using the threat of stopping her visitation with her grand child, Hidly is force to attend rehab.
We follow Hildy as she struggles with her denial of her alcoholic addiction. She sells hundred thousand dollars homes but when she is home it is just her and her dogs. Her success in business reinforces her denial of her addiction. If she was an alcoholic she would not be successful.
It is not until she sells a home to Rebecca who becomes, a friend and a drinking buddy, that dynamics of her drinking and the effects it has on her life is illustrated to her. Hidly is a funny, pretentious, maladaptive, and a sad old alcoholic.
She becomes embroiled with the affair of Rebecca and Peter, the town psychiatrist. As a teenager, Hidly watch Peter for his parents. When it became a conflict with her former apprentice or her selling Peter’s home, Hildy does not hesitate to eviscerate her with the viciousness and insensitive of an alcoholic.
Through Hildy's eyes, we meet local, local garbage man Frankie Getchell, and local electrician Patch Dwight, his wife Cassie, and their special needs child, Jake.
During a sober moment, she reflects what she has done to her relationships with her neighbors. Her blackouts and her hallucinations, or where they hallucinations, become frightening. She has bitter, insulating arguments with her lover to make her feel better about herself. She is the best agent in state. He is just a garbage man. Her inability to support the Dwights’ and her complicity in the death of a friend is when she makes a call to the rehab center.
I couldn't put it down but was disappointed with the ending. There was so much foreshadowing throughout the book that I thought it would end with a big reveal or a shocking twist. Not so. Sloppy, humdrum ending that was tied up a little too neatly for all the drama leading up to it.
Turns out.. there was no point . It was like sitting with an old lady listening to her drone on about all of her friends and peers with way way too many details. That being said the story about the alcoholism was very interesting very real very raw I just wish that there was more to it. The voice of the lady who's was Reading was captivating I loved every second of it I actually want to read I mean listen to more books that she read it was great I think it's why I continue to listen
Painful at times, hilarious and a little thrilling. Beautifully narrated. Highly recommend it. Hilde is truly a Goodwitch
Hilarious, heartbreaking and humorously pathetic!
Ruth, Ruth, Ruth. Sober, hungover and drunk! I liked her because she was honest in all the right ways . . .
Getting caught in bed with her former lover by her children.
Ruth. I'd like to hear her drunken war stories.
Worth the download!
Hildy Good is so easy to love and and equally easy to hate. Hildy's denial of her alcoholism is such a huge part of the story that it's easy to forget that it's really about a small town and the people who live there. Very engaging and entertaining.
Mary Beth Hurt's narration is top notch and easily made this book twice as enjoyable.