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.
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.