I loved Hildy. She's a successful business woman and is extremely funny. She's also an alcoholic with a vicious tongue and a deep seeded denial that makes you want to strangle her. But Hildy is also such a flawed human being, you can't help but care about her.
The Good House is more than a story about an alcoholic. It's a story about small town living and all the people who live in the town. People who have lived there all their lives, enmeshed in each others private lives, as if it's as normal as the tides that roll into that Massachusetts fishing village.
This was my first book narrated by Mary Beth Hurt. Ms. Hurt's performance was terrific! She was Hildy, through and through. She sounded like a woman of Hildy's age, but even more, she sounded exactly how I would imagine Hildy to sound. Bravo!
I will say that her "kid voices" were less than believable, and it is always strange to hear a person attempt to do a voice of the opposite sex. Sometimes I think it would be better to read the lines without the false baritones or altos.
I do hope to listen to Mary Beth Hurt again.
If only I could have! But I also didn't want this story end. I have never listened to a book more than once. But, I can actually see myself choosing this on a winter's day, when there is no where to go. I look forward to that day.
Anne Leary is a good writer. The characters are all well developed.
I am a substance abuse counselor, when I am not listening to books. Hildy's behaviors and thought processes all ring true. While you will laugh at some of this stuff, it is really the sad fact that alcoholics will find any reason to drink. Ms. Leary writes from a perspective of one who knows and understands. I never lost empathy for Hildy and that is because the story was written well.
The character development, seasonal descriptions and intertwining of lives in a beautiful, scenic, small New England fishing village. Lots of technical insights into the jobs, history, family ties of a close knit, maybe too close town.
Initially I wasn't excited about this book because the reviews had not been great but it was wonderful. The author, Ann Leary, must have lived in an alcoholic hom to u dear stand how it can be truly perfect and a nightmare all in one day. The narrarotor Mary Beth Hurt bring the characters to life and can move with shameless ease from a male to female.
This story is told over Hilda Good's lifetime, through her eyes with opinions given by those closest to her. Hilda, also tells the town history. By the end of the story, Hilda has learned a few things about herself and if you didn't like her at the beginning, you will by the end. You may even find you want to spend a few more nights at the Good House.
Hildy Good is an enjoyable lead character. The story from her point of view is very enjoyable while at times I felt sad for her as she struggles with her sobriety. A Good House is just a good, light, enjoyable story.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
Narration was super!
It was very easy to identify with the characters of this book. Being a mother, a friend, an adult lover. It was easy - because Ann Leary took normal, everyday situations in life and put them to words and succeeded beautifully! There's no mystery, or surprise ending - but there is heart and grit and pain and joy.
I would definitely recommend it. The story lines were compelling, but unfolded at the perfect pace. I wanted to fall more deeply into this town and its inhabitants every time I picked up my phone or ipad to listen.
I cannot think of another book that is comparable.
Mary Beth Hurt painted such a vivid picture of the main character. Every inflection, perfectly executed phrase and pause brought me closer to feeling like I had known her all my life. This was probably one of the most beautifully executed performances I have listened to. Her other characterizations are equally well drawn.
It made me laugh several times, but mostly made me shake my head in complete understanding of these characters' personalities, motivations, peculiarities, and shared human condition. The author either has great insight or great intuition into the psyche and demonstrates it on every page.
I chose this book on a whim, and am SO glad I did. Maybe it chose me...
Funny, terrifying, and heartbreaking.
This is the first time I've heard Mary Beth Hurt narrate and I honestly think I'd have a difficult time hearing her be anyone else but Hildy Good.
This audiobook will spoil you for other audiobooks. This is the perfect pairing of character and narration. Mary Beth Hurt is fantastic. All of the sudden, I actually care about who is reading my book.
Yes - Hilde is a great character. She is likable and scrappy.
Hilde describing how she doesn't really have a problem with drinking - she didn't pass out, was just taking a nap. LOL
The tone of her voice was perfect!
If the story was even slightly interesting I would have given it 2 starts. NOTHING happened. terrible boring.
Not really, just think this was a bad one in the bunch. I will be more careful to trust other peoples high reviews.
I liked the performance more than anything else, can't say much negative about it.
The whole book.
It was awful.