The fact that this book is based exactly where I live made it absolutely fascinating to listen to. It also has quite a few equestrian components to it, which I wasn't aware of when I purchased it. Since I own a horse and live in the same area, this book was very pleasurable for me to listen to. Furthermore, the narrator is fantastic! Just perfect in every way. I could listen to her (a/k/a Hilde) over and over again and I will probably listen to this book again!
Hilde is awesome.
I liked her inflections and tone. I also like the way she did Frank's voice and her grandson and daughters. Absolutely hilarious at times.
I just love this book. I will definitely listen to it again.
Definitely buy this one. You won't be disappointed; especially if you live on the North Shore of Boston!
The reality of its characters
The marriage of the book and the narrator was brilliant....sooo enjoyed this listening experience.
I would recommend The Good House to a friend for a quirky tale with terrific characters.
She sounds just as I imagined the main character to sound. Her inflection and timing is outstanding. Hilarious and deeply moving, she brought the book to life.
When the main character analyzes her own behavior, first through denial, then with the help of her love interest.
The subject matter of alcoholism is very, very serious. The Good House presents an uncanny first person account of the highs and deep lows of drinking too much. The story is sprinkled with just enough small town happenings, gossip, and mystery to keep the book from being too depressing. A wild ride into the lives of a small New England community.
Yes. A great story about an alcoholic in complete denial about the impact alcohol has on her life.
Hildy. She seemed like an authentic old time New Englander and a very authentic secret drinker.
My favorite scene is Hildy's memory of loving Frankie as a teenager and sneaking onto harbor boats during their summer romance.
This narrator provided the perfect voice for Hildy & made the book. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading it nearly as much as listening to the book, because of the perfect narration. Loved the book!
Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!
I haven't read the print version but I thought the audiobook was amazing. They could not have found a better voice for Hildy.
Hildy! The narrator does the best job really getting you to visualize the character.
I have to agree with all the other reviewers- the narrator makes this a can't-miss audiobook. The story is great- I thought it was really interesting, but also pretty dark. Some amazon reviews of the book described it as lighthearted and funny. It had funny moments, yes, but the subject matter is not funny- so don't expect light chick-lit. But that being said, I really loved this audiobook and would highly recommend it.
Narration brought this book to life.
All the smart witted remarks of main character
Yes Yes Yes Its a book you don't want to have an ending.
Hildy of course. What a study in denial.
She sounds just like I vision Hildy
Frank- He just kept being himself and hanging in there.
Lovely human insight.
I have not read the print version, but with the audio version I had an immediate sense of who Hildy Good was and what she looked/sounded like! I'm sure a print version would have produced a very different perception of Hildy!
I'm thinking "Fried Green Tomatoes"...a specific American town, a culture, some comedy/tragedy (and the whole time I thought Mary Stuart Masterson was Mary Beth Hurt - sorry!). And in answer to the question, it comes down to tone as well (did not read the print version - loved the film).
I am really grateful for the ending. I love the scene in the sailboat. I had to re-listen to the last quarter of the book because sometimes I fall asleep with an audiobook - don't worry, I know it!
Hildy, of course. Well, she is the most developed character...and even though Peter should have had a chance to redeem himself instead of finishing himself off, I get the story...
The main character seemed so familiar to me. She embodied a few people I know well. The denial of her alcoholism was very typical and made her very real. Being from New England, I loved the familiarity of the location. Overall a great read.