AVID reader; very critical. My reviews don't repeat the book's description, but are why I enjoyed the book and why I think you will.
This was 10 hours of babbling and town gossip by an alcoholic, over-the-hill, has-been real estate agent. Nothing I can't get at family gatherings. The woman who narrated it was annoying at times—you could hear every cigarette she ever smoked.
Mary Beth Hurt needs to narrate more books - I listened to her first with The Darlings by Russell Banks (also an excellent read).
The Good House was an engaging and fun listen.
I was worried that I would find this book stupid, not the case. Great story and characters. I am usually not into books about an alcoholic, but this was much more.
A great listen, so beautifully performed by Mary Beth Hurt. The characters grow and change in this absorbing novel set in a New England town.
I would listen again because I thought the narrator did an excellent job, and I found the main character to be very funny.
I listen to books to get me through runs and walks with my dogs. This one was really a great distraction. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life and although it was about an alcoholic it put everything into perspective from the characters hysterical point of view. It was never judgmental, nor did it focus on how or why to quit. Her drunk antics were classic and made me laugh out loud a few times. Loved the book.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
Depressing. Gloomy. Dreary.
I wouldn't change it really. I said it was depressing, but stories about alcoholics generally are.
No. Too depressing.
Did I mention that this book is depressing?
Mary Beth Hurt was the final touch on making this a wonderful book on audio. I loved the perspective of Hildy Good and felt the author created a very authentic character with respect to her alcoholism, her denial, her relationship to her family and friends, and her living in a small town. The story rang true in so many ways. Humor was intermingled with sadness and some suspense in a very real way. I look forward to reading more by Ann Leary.
enjoyed listening to "The Good House". Really puts the listener in the seat of being an alcoholic ... painful to comprehend. Well read and for the most part believeable.
Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!
Funny, poignant, and beautifully written and narrated. Bravo to author and performer. I know I'll be re-reading this book in the future.
I bought this book because I love the area of Massachusetts she is writing about. I was hoping for the sights and sounds of a place I hadn't seen since I was a girl. What I got was a very real, hard, yet somehow sympathetic and compelling look at a life unraveling. This is a Yankee kind of story - hard and unvarnished in the telling of both the good and the bad. Mary Beth Hurt's narration was spot on.