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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Gutcheon Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781400179817
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In a summer cottage on the coast of Maine, an unlikely love was nurtured, a marriage endured, and a family survived. Now it is time for the children of that marriage to make peace with the wounds and the treasures left to them. And to sort out which is which. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Good-Bye and Amen is a tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence and I didn’t put the book down until I had finished it. Marvelous and memorable.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austin Book Club

  • “An undeniably rich, no-holds-barred portrait of an American family. Strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Beautifully written.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Compellingly drawn…A true New England novel, charming but a bit chilly.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This sweeping saga will strike a chord with anyone who loves to read about family.”

    RT Book Reviews (4-star review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 2/20/2014

    " Sequel to the outstanding Leeway Cottage. Written from multiple points of view, it is somewhat confusing and probably would not stand on its own without having read Leeway Cottage first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 2/6/2014

    " There is a good book in here, but the author muffles it with too many digressions and little unnecessary fillips. There is some great stuff in here about adult siblings and family, but it didn't come together all that well. I would read another book by her, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/29/2014

    " This book starts out with a family trying to decide how to split up their parents assets after they've died and how their true colors emerge. It is written in paragraphs of different individuals thoughts. There is a bit of a ghostly aspect to it, but only slightly. It did keep me reading and interested. The style of writing was interesting, but took some memory in trying to keep track of all the different characters. All in all, I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Johnson | 1/25/2014

    " Read Leeway Cottage first and then this book will make sense. I read this longer after I finished Leeway Cottage than I should have, so I had to try to remember what happened in that book to make this one relevant. Thus it's a 3 star. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/16/2014

    " Hard to read and follow.......and I didn't feel it even dealt with the matters of cleaning out their parents' cottage at all. Almost every paragraph was written by a different character in the story. ugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/13/2014

    " Normally I very much enjoy reading Beth Gutcheon's books. Perhaps she shouldn't try sequels. This was a disappointment. Don't recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/17/2013

    " It was a little confusing at first bc the point of view keeps changing. I wish I had known there was a list of characters in the back (I didn't find it until the end!). Interesting for people who have dealt with the death of a loved one and splitting up the stuff left. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/15/2013

    " Really interesting style--written in snippets from a large number of characters. At first, this drove me crazy, but I liked the story of a scattered family in Maine a lot. Full review in the works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 11/24/2013

    " Not great... If I were her editor, I'd recommend limiting the number of voices. There must be nearly 50 narrators, including unnamed dead, and some who only appear a view times. It doesn't create a strong story line, and while I can appreciate the value of an experiment, I also want a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 3/3/2013

    " A sequel to Leeway Cottage..I liked that she even gave a "where are they now" epilogue to her characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi Murphy | 1/16/2013

    " Kept thinking it was working up to something, but it wasn't. Maybe I needed to read the book before this to really care about these people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/4/2013

    " so far so good but not sure if i like al the differnt voices the book is written in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 7/31/2012

    " I really liked the oral biography story-telling writing style, but the story itself was just kind of ho-hum to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renate Simone | 7/25/2012

    " This book just does not flow. It's many voices are jarring and disjointed and the whole thing seemed fairly pointless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 7/11/2012

    " It took me a while to really get into this book but then I got interested in all the different viewpoints on what had happened in this family over the years. It's like reading about anyone's family. I loved the photos and the short biographies of all the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Beck | 5/10/2012

    " About kids who come to summer in their deceased parent's cottage. Told from different viewpoints. focuses mainly on Norman Faithful who moves from Morgan Stanley to priesthood. Pretty good. Not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 5/7/2012

    " Different. Hard to get into at first though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannie | 3/12/2012

    " Never really got the point of this book. Perhaps missed out by not reading the prior work. I am not likely to read more by this author, I didn't like the style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/14/2012

    " Uniquely written in an interview/conversation format, the story was compelling but the characters speaking were a little confusing until I got to the end of the book and found bios on all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June Harris | 7/8/2011

    " I love Beth Gutcheon and I loved this book. I read it in one day, something I almost never do. While it did not touch me in the way Leeway Cottage did, I found it a fascinating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 5/10/2011

    " Really interesting style--written in snippets from a large number of characters. At first, this drove me crazy, but I liked the story of a scattered family in Maine a lot. Full review in the works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eldra | 2/22/2011

    " Well...sometimes I wonder if page requirements determine the books length because this book could have been significantly shorter. I enjoyed the multiple first person narrations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/18/2011

    " Never really got the point of this book. Perhaps missed out by not reading the prior work. I am not likely to read more by this author, I didn't like the style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 1/1/2011

    " Sequel to the outstanding Leeway Cottage. Written from multiple points of view, it is somewhat confusing and probably would not stand on its own without having read Leeway Cottage first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 11/17/2010

    " The book seemed to be narrated by about 90 people and a ghost. Despite the picture of the Nubble on the cover the book is set in fictional Dundee, ME and features the same family as Leeway Cottage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/3/2010

    " Read Leeway Cottage first and then this book will make sense. I read this longer after I finished Leeway Cottage than I should have, so I had to try to remember what happened in that book to make this one relevant. Thus it's a 3 star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/25/2010

    " Different. Hard to get into at first though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/3/2010

    " Not as good as Leeway Cottage but still good enough to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 1/5/2010

    " I really liked the oral biography story-telling writing style, but the story itself was just kind of ho-hum to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kay | 10/8/2009

    " Great story about three adult siblings & how they divide up the estate when their parents die. Told from several points of view, including in-laws, grandchildren, friends & neighbors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 6/18/2009

    " so far so good but not sure if i like al the differnt voices the book is written in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mich | 6/8/2009

    " liked it... wish i would have read it immediatly after reading leeway cottage, but i did remember the characters. the writing style was different for me. each character spoke, no real narration. very easy to read tho and grasp the meaning "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renate | 6/7/2009

    " This book just does not flow. It's many voices are jarring and disjointed and the whole thing seemed fairly pointless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 2/21/2009

    " I really loved the first book, Leeway Cottage. The sequel is just not as good. It is written in script form, with each charcter's name and their thoughts/input. It was a bit distracting. "

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About the Author
Author Beth Gutcheon

Beth Gutcheon published her first novel, The New Girls, in 1979. Her second novel, Still Missing, was translated into fourteen languages and made into a major Twentieth Century Fox film called Without a Trace, starring Judd Hirsch and Kate Nelligan, for which Gutcheon wrote the screenplay. Gutcheon lives in New York City with her husband and dog. When not reading or writing, she spends her time working for PEN, the international writer’s organization that promotes literacy and defends freedom of expression in the United States and around the world.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.