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.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
Loved it!! The story, the narration, the main character, all of it!
I was sad when it finished! I want more!!
This was my first time reading Ann Leary and I will defiantly be trying her other books
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Hildy is an entertaining character with her strong sense of self worth due to her successful career as a real estate agent in a small New England town. Her husband has left her for another man, and she lives alone in the town she grew up in. The small town makes secrets hard to keep, and Hildy knows most of them. Her alcohol addiction is no secret and yet like many others she is in denial. The story is about how she deals with the malady on a day by day basis and how it impacts her relationships with her friends and family. I judge it as a pleasant read with only a minor amount of drama and/or suspense.
Mary Beth's narrating is first rate.
I loved this book from the second it began. The narrator , Mary Beth Hurt, was amazing and somehow her raspy voice just grabbed me and I couldn't stop listening. I suppose it helped being brought up near the north shore of Boston; it felt like home. I felt like I knew everyone . I would put this book at my top of all Audible books and I have loved many!
If I was at all disappointed it was in Hildys disposition towards the end. But I loved her.
This book showed an interesting perspective into the mind of a person struggling with the fine line between alcohol use and abuse. It started out a little slow with the description of characters and their situations however got very interesting when it started to delve deeply into their lives. I really enjoyed listening to this book!!
Right in the middle
Practical Magic. Small-town New England; great writing; lovable, believable characters; engaging plot that ends up satisfying but not mind-blowing.
She kind of overdid it. Not enough to make me stop listening (as I've been known to if I truly can't stand a reader), but many of the lines she read did not call for the emphasis she gave them.
Hildie herself. I love how the writing/narration changed ever so subtly depending on her level of drunkenness.
Age 55. VA implant. Been listening to Audiobooks for almost 5 years now.
Family, Relatable, Good Humor
Her relationship with her high school love.
I like a break from the mystery's I usually listen to and this was a perfect little listen.