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.
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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.
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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.
Hildy of course....
I felt like Hildy was telling me the story first hand. It was as if I was listening to a dear friend tell her story.
Again.....Hildy she's fun and interesting..
This book has rich characters and background. It is a light and entertaining story that doesn't bore. I was absorbed from the first sentence... Seeing the world through Hildy's eyes is rich and never a dull moment.
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First time author for me. Set in a small town on the coast in Massachusetts north of Boston. The small town environment is central in the story where everybody knows everybody and everybody knows everybody's business, much like the environment I grew up in. The story is well-written, even witty and the narrator in this story adds a lot as well. I listened to an interview with the author is and she says that at its core this story is about alcoholism and, more specifically, an alcoholic in denial. The author states she is a recovering alcoholic herself and while the book isn't autobiographical, she does pull some of the story from her own experiences. This book was at times depressing and hard to listen to although in the end it was uplifting. I enjoyed it immensely!
I would and will listen to The Good House again as it was entertaining and so true to the nature of an alcoholic.
Hildy was my favorite character and the person that read the book were supreme.
I have not listened to any of Mary Beth Hurt's other performances before but am looking forward to them, she did a great job.
The ending was unfortunately the norm but done making the listener's question their own sobriety.
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One of those stories where you understand more about the narrator than they do themselves. Mary Beth Hurt's performance was flawless.
... a fairly realistic account of how a despite our impairments and limitations we seem to mostly muddle through. This was not an uplifting novel.