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 fascinating main character Hildy Good, the local realtor knows what goes on in the seaside New England town. But it is her life and her struggles to admit her demons that make this book worth the listen. Hildy is insightful, frank, and in denial. This is NOT a downer story. It has charm and wit.
She did the voices of all the characters in a distinct manner. I appreciate the talent it takes to bring each character to life.
I'd dine with Hildy, she could "read" me, I'd love that.
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.
Long Commute Sufferer...Avid Audible Listener
Probably in the middle somewhere. I didn't feel quite as invested in the characters as some of my other books. And perhaps I had higher expectations based on the other reviews.
Well, Hildy of course. She's hilarious sober and hilarious drunk. Although, it is a bit of sad reality to witness her moments of "ahem"...blackness.
My favorite scene is Thanksgiving dinner and her relationship with her ex husband. There couldn't have been a more perfect scenario for Hildy's character.
Eh... Not really. I really only got to the "can't turn it off" moment at the very end. The rest of the book seemed to be character building rather than a gripping story line.
I thought this was a great unique story. Kind of thought the ending was a bit weak, but well worth the read. I will hunt out the other and the narrator for more.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
The narration was grating.
Maybe, on another topic
I had just come from several great books and this one was so annoying. I listened longer than I wanted to hoping it would improve. It didn't and I finally gave up and didn't finish it.
I thought it was a great listen. Very well written and took me a little while to love the narrator, but she was great
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.