Kept me interested throughout. Unreliable narrator, my favorite kind.
Hildy is an interesting flawed character, just trying to slog through life and grab a little relief when she can but she is over her head.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
This was just a light beach read, perhaps like other reviewers I do not find laughter in the darkness of alcoholism.
Though there was humor and wit, I did not find it laugh out loud funny or even cautionary. At times it was rather sad and pathetic. It almost seeemed old fashioned with respect to how "drunks" are perceived as funny.
Overall I enjoyed listening, but it was not at all what I expected. In short listen, enjoy, but don't expect too much.
At first I was hesitant to use my credit on The Good House. I am SO happy I changed my mind. The narrator does an extraordinary job of bringing the book to life. At times the story and characters are hilarious. The author has composed the novel in a way that you can identify with all of the books eccentric characters. The story line is woven brilliantly and you will not want to stop listening. I can't wait to listen again!
Author's words pour out of Hildy's mouth in such an easy conversational flow. Just as if Hildy was sitting next to you on a long airplane flight. She tells you, a stranger, stories of her little town and of her life that she'd never say publicly to those she knows. Dialogue is so rich, I finished the book and started over again!
The humor is Dave Barry. And the gut jabs of reality is Fanny Flagg "Green Fried Tomatoes".
Hildy's voice is PERFECT... and yet the reader, Mary Beth Hurt did justice to ALL the characters. She brought the story to life. Her reading was so natural it was like she was in the room sitting next to you, leaning in slightly as she shares this story.
Hildy and her ex-spouse. Those two are perfect company!
Plan to buy more by this author and reader
I really enjoyed this book. It was so well written. I have never had an addiction to alcohol but after meeting Hildi and getting to know her, I have a better understanding of how terrible the illness can be. I would and will recommend this book to all of my friends.
Totally engrossing and believable story. You have to love Hildy, and Mary Beth Hurt was a really fantastic narrator.
Wow, Mary Beth Hurt, the narrator did an amazing job with this book! I have never heard this actress narrate before.
This was a very good story, one that I usually don't listen to but I was extremely surprised. The character development was excellent.
maybe, but just maybe, if the reader had another voice or was lest enthusiastic in her high points, one could pas the second page...
I loved Hildy. She's a successful business woman and is extremely funny. She's also an alcoholic with a vicious tongue and a deep seeded denial that makes you want to strangle her. But Hildy is also such a flawed human being, you can't help but care about her.
The Good House is more than a story about an alcoholic. It's a story about small town living and all the people who live in the town. People who have lived there all their lives, enmeshed in each others private lives, as if it's as normal as the tides that roll into that Massachusetts fishing village.
This was my first book narrated by Mary Beth Hurt. Ms. Hurt's performance was terrific! She was Hildy, through and through. She sounded like a woman of Hildy's age, but even more, she sounded exactly how I would imagine Hildy to sound. Bravo!
I will say that her "kid voices" were less than believable, and it is always strange to hear a person attempt to do a voice of the opposite sex. Sometimes I think it would be better to read the lines without the false baritones or altos.
I do hope to listen to Mary Beth Hurt again.
If only I could have! But I also didn't want this story end. I have never listened to a book more than once. But, I can actually see myself choosing this on a winter's day, when there is no where to go. I look forward to that day.
Anne Leary is a good writer. The characters are all well developed.
I am a substance abuse counselor, when I am not listening to books. Hildy's behaviors and thought processes all ring true. While you will laugh at some of this stuff, it is really the sad fact that alcoholics will find any reason to drink. Ms. Leary writes from a perspective of one who knows and understands. I never lost empathy for Hildy and that is because the story was written well.
The character development, seasonal descriptions and intertwining of lives in a beautiful, scenic, small New England fishing village. Lots of technical insights into the jobs, history, family ties of a close knit, maybe too close town.