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.
So Happy At Home
An eminently satisfying peek behind the curtain of a quaint New England town, guided by Hildy Good, local closet wino, real estate agent par excellence, and party soothsayer. What rich characters, and each fairly depicted, redeeming and nasty qualities exposed for all to see (and hear). Fabulous narration!
The performance completed the package- Growing up I knew the woman depicted. She was my friend's mother and if you grew up in New England you probably knew this woman too.
The performance nailed the cadence and tone of a real New England grand dame.
The daughters to explore further what growing up in that household was like pre and post the divorce of their parents.
I just wished it hadn't ended so soon. I could have listened on and on.