I thought this was a great unique story. Kind of thought the ending was a bit weak, but well worth the read. I will hunt out the other and the narrator for more.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
The narration was grating.
Maybe, on another topic
I had just come from several great books and this one was so annoying. I listened longer than I wanted to hoping it would improve. It didn't and I finally gave up and didn't finish it.
I thought it was a great listen. Very well written and took me a little while to love the narrator, but she was great
Love the story. Loved the narrator. And wow, did the author hit the nail on the head with the denial hammer. Thank you for many wonderful, entertaining hours.
(Note: if you are a 50+ female - lucky you. This book will ring many bells.
love to read, read a lot, mostly mysteries, historic fiction and a bit of sci-fi
I loved this book, the tale of Hildy Good, a New England Real Estate Agent and alcoholic who after a stint of reluctant rehab, gradually slips back into addiction while steadfastly, vehemently clinging to her denial. I know, I know, it doesn't sound funny, right? But I literally howled with laughter at Hildy's piercingly accurate observations of the people around her. Author Ann Leary adeptly captures Hildy's self-righteous denials, her grumpy demeanor when she needs a drink and her near magical transformation after she's had a glass or two (or 3 or 4). For anyone who's trodden down this road, Hildy's exploits (like slipping vodka into her drink during a practically unbearable Thanksgiving) are both familiar and painfully funny. Leary accurately charts Hildy's scary descent into late stage addiction while keep her sympathetic and if not always exactly likable, entertaining nevertheless. As Hildy's backstory was revealed, I grew fonder and fonder of her. I liked the closet hero (whom I shan't reveal) and the ending was terrific.
And the narration was first rate! Some listeners have griped that Mary Beth Hurt's portrayal was a bit harsh to listen to, but to me it was pitch perfect.
well-drawn lead character - so likeable - warts and all. You will feel like you have deep insights into a complex woman
the lead character is saucy, emotional and sharp. Hurt is excellent at bringing her many moods to life
I loved this book, which was also very well narrated. The main character, Hildy, is wonderfully sympathetic, but also awful at the same time--kind of like a real person. The description of a town in transition also rings very true.
I opened my own account this year because my husband and I have such disparate taste in books. This is much more fun!
Character in denial
She has a wonderfully superior POV
Hildy, of course
Twists and turns are not the point. It is a study of the rationalization of an alcoholic in denial and for a long time we take that ride with her. That is a gift as a writer, to take me there!
I found this story to be quite engaging, suspenseful, and very realistic in its treatment of an aging, functioning alcoholic. Mary Beth Hurt couldn't be any better for giving voice to this cast of characters, especially Hildy. She nailed it!
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Sometimes it is very hard to read a book where characters are plummeting towards ruin, and I found that to be true with this book. The story started out slowly and improved slightly over the course of the book. However, the march towards ruination was painful to experience and I wanted at least two (because there is one) characters to turn out as decent folks.