I don't know if I want to congratulate the author the narrator more. They both did an excellent job. I found it painful listening to Hildy's "jackpot" moments - moments when the drinking was most definitely not social nor moderate. But I found her gutsy and saucy personality likeable and funny and her description of life in this small New England town and its cast of characters residents thoroughly entertaining. For a book that has no murder mystery element, it was a real page turner.
I enjoyed the narration of the story. Her voice fit the main character perfectly. The overall story sucked me in and every time I left it I couldn't wait to get back to it. However, some parts of the story were tied up in a bow a little to easily, which is why I only gave it 4 stars
An amazing performance of the book.
I felt like she was performing a play. Very vivid performance.
I recommended this to people before I finished reading it. The narration was fantastic and the writing so vivid and accurate. Anyone who has spent any time on the North Shore will identify the characters drawn in the book. Hildy...oh to see Meryl Streep play her.
I would definitely listen to this book again. The narrator was wonderful! I am from Massachusetts so I loved hearing about the towns surrounding Boston, the Boston accent and terms liked "wicked" and a "regular coffee". It was very entertaining as we'll as a great story!
Hildy was my favorite character. The narrator made her very real. Hildy knew everything that was going on around the town. She was in denial of her own problems and viewed herself as a successful business woman.
Definitely Hildy! She seemed like a lot of fun, especially after a few drinks, and she knew everyone in town.
The characters developed well throughout the story and it really kept my attention. I loved the New England setting.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
The book is a confessional, the woman confessing a hard-working, self-made success; and also a very sad self-hating drunk who is on the edge of destruction. Her narration is so smart and frank, so insightful when it comes to other people, but not herself! She is hilariously sarcastic describing the inhabitants of her little burg (I admit, I'm from NY, I love that!). I would love to have a couple of margaritas with this woman! Except, of course, she can't stop at a couple.....
This woman displays some ugly behaviors. I loved her anyway. She develops a wonderful relationship in the end with another character who has some yucky flaws, but, again, I just loved him. Credit the author. Wonderful story, admirably written. I will definitely revisit this one.
Wonderful compassionate story
Hildy's realizations of the truth.
Hildy, she's a hoot!
Probably one of the best narrated books I have ever heard.
The characters, particularly Hildy, exhibit legitimate emotions and are very relatable.
The ending - I didn't see that coming.
Mary Beth Hurt is the best narrator I've ever listened to! Awesome job! She brought Hildy to vivid life. I doubt that I would have appreciated the humor in that character without the brilliant narration.
The second time I listened to The Good House I picked up on details I missed the first time. Knowing how the story ends, I was able to watch for nuances that went unnoticed!
Hilde Good gives a real person perspective to the drama of the small town.
Mary Beth Hurt has the perfect voice for Hilde Good, she pulls you right in.