Love the story. Loved the narrator. And wow, did the author hit the nail on the head with the denial hammer. Thank you for many wonderful, entertaining hours.
(Note: if you are a 50+ female - lucky you. This book will ring many bells.
love to read, read a lot, mostly mysteries, historic fiction and a bit of sci-fi
I loved this book, the tale of Hildy Good, a New England Real Estate Agent and alcoholic who after a stint of reluctant rehab, gradually slips back into addiction while steadfastly, vehemently clinging to her denial. I know, I know, it doesn't sound funny, right? But I literally howled with laughter at Hildy's piercingly accurate observations of the people around her. Author Ann Leary adeptly captures Hildy's self-righteous denials, her grumpy demeanor when she needs a drink and her near magical transformation after she's had a glass or two (or 3 or 4). For anyone who's trodden down this road, Hildy's exploits (like slipping vodka into her drink during a practically unbearable Thanksgiving) are both familiar and painfully funny. Leary accurately charts Hildy's scary descent into late stage addiction while keep her sympathetic and if not always exactly likable, entertaining nevertheless. As Hildy's backstory was revealed, I grew fonder and fonder of her. I liked the closet hero (whom I shan't reveal) and the ending was terrific.
And the narration was first rate! Some listeners have griped that Mary Beth Hurt's portrayal was a bit harsh to listen to, but to me it was pitch perfect.
well-drawn lead character - so likeable - warts and all. You will feel like you have deep insights into a complex woman
the lead character is saucy, emotional and sharp. Hurt is excellent at bringing her many moods to life
I loved this book, which was also very well narrated. The main character, Hildy, is wonderfully sympathetic, but also awful at the same time--kind of like a real person. The description of a town in transition also rings very true.
I opened my own account this year because my husband and I have such disparate taste in books. This is much more fun!
Character in denial
She has a wonderfully superior POV
Hildy, of course
Twists and turns are not the point. It is a study of the rationalization of an alcoholic in denial and for a long time we take that ride with her. That is a gift as a writer, to take me there!
I found this story to be quite engaging, suspenseful, and very realistic in its treatment of an aging, functioning alcoholic. Mary Beth Hurt couldn't be any better for giving voice to this cast of characters, especially Hildy. She nailed it!
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Sometimes it is very hard to read a book where characters are plummeting towards ruin, and I found that to be true with this book. The story started out slowly and improved slightly over the course of the book. However, the march towards ruination was painful to experience and I wanted at least two (because there is one) characters to turn out as decent folks.
Professor at Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil). I love romances and thrillers. Feel free to send me e-books suggestions!
I made a tremendous effort to continue to listen until the end. For me it was a waste of time and credit, it’s not the kind of book that I like. I bought because the good reviews, but I thought very boring, monotonous and without great emotions.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Hildy was someone that my friend would have liked to know. Her, "go get it attitude," would be a big factor in my friend wanting to know Hildy. She lived in a small New England town that was supposed to be considered a summer resort but most of the families lived there all year round. Hildy was the only independent real estate agent left. All of the other's had gone the way of the corporate gig. However, Hildy doesn't let other people get in her way of what she wants and she wants to remain an independent agent. She has to find a way around the interference of a woman who used to work for Hildy. She needed to be the agent who sold the highest priced house in the small community that was being built on the best property in the community. The sale would prove her status in the business and most important of all, she'd be able to stay solvent. Hildy would never admit this truth to anyone but she would find some way around the problem. She always seemed to have something up her sleeve that made one sit up and take notice. Hildy was definitely what you would call, aggressive. Hildy loved being a mother and most recently, a grandmother. However, Hildy was an alcoholic. Even after going to the Betty Ford Clinic, a plan that her two daughter's paid for and made it very clear if she didn't go there would be serious consequences. The one factor that decided Hildy's cooperation, was being able to babysit her grandson, Brady. If Hildy continued to drink, that privilege would be denied. Hildy knew she wouldn't be able to survive without getting to share her special times with Brady. Hildy went through the program and declared herself cured of her addiction to alcohol, with her doctor's assurance that she had worked and succeeded at the program. She would have to continue follow-up treatment and attend AA meetings because she would still have a rough road ahead to reach recovery. Hildy was able to fool her daughter's but not other's who shared her world. Hildy would be in the denial stage of her illness until and if she would admit to being an alcoholic.
I would compare The Good House, to Tell the Wolves I'm Home. The houses of both books are lived in as a home where there is love and secrets. There are long journey's for all of the character's in the books to find there way to truth. Getting there isn't easy and once there, there still remains a long struggle ahead to recovery.
Mary Beth Hurt's performance was so Hildy. There couldn't have been a better interpretation of Hildy's personality as performed by Mary Beth Hurt. I felt Hildy's happiness, her fears, and her pain. The narrator acted out the scenes of Hildy's drunken blunders with finesse. The other character's were given their own personality's which gave me the opportunity to get to know them. The character's were well developed by the author and Mary Beth Hurt narrated the individual character's to perfection. I truly enjoyed listening to The Good House.
There was the realization that Hildy could have a relationship with an old friend, who, by other's, was considered the worst choice for any woman, let alone Hildy. However, this did not curtail the relationship. The couple came together as old friend's and realized that what both of them had shared as teens was blossoming into love.
The cover of the book did not catch my eye. However, download the book and you will be happily surprised, cover's do not make the book. The pages, with the words being narrated by Mary Beth Hurt, brought a fabulous book to life. The Good House was a wonderful listen.