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Hildy's grandson's first word was MORE. This is the moral of the story....we all want MORE.
Hildy wants MORE, more alcohol, more money and prestige, and more love. Each of the other characters is lacking something in their lives which brings them to Hildy and in turn, she basks in their strife.
In letting Hildy's story unfold Ms. Leary expertly illustrates the denial of an addict. But it is not just Hildy who is an addict, it is also Rebecca; she is addicted to attention and romance.
Then of course with all of this wanting MORE, comes great loss.
The messy emotions and feelings and thoughts of these characters come to life with Ms. Hurt so wonderfully narrating.
I loved this book and I can't imagine anyone not becoming completely engaged with this story. YES 5 stars!
This tightly novel leaves one off-guard: is the main character developing or deteriorating? The characters are so true to life, they could be one's own family. At first, I was put off by Mary Beth Hurt's narration, with sometimes odd and inappropriate inflection. Turns out, that was part of the character development (or deterioration). By the end, it's hard to imagine Hildy's voice as anyone's but Ms. Hurt's. She excels with the other characters' voices, too.I ran extra errands today in order to have the excuse to find out how this unpredictable plot wrapped up. An involving and often quite amusing listen.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
Yes because Mary Beth Hurt was amazing - she brought the characters in this book to life, especially Hildy's character.
Hildy's character was written so perfectly. She is lovely and delusional, dynamic and flawed; and still so beautiful all the while living in total denial. It was sort of spell binding hearing Hildy go through this process of self discovery - really discovering that she is in fact a total alcoholic. I was GLUED to this story, and Hildy is just one of the many lovely characters in this audio. The book is rich!
Mary Beth Hurt brought ALL that is Hildy Good to life in her performance. Hildy is a full character and the narrator captured her demons and spirit and made her relateable. I laughed so much and also held my breath a few times. It was a brilliant performance.
Wendover spelled out in bottles of red wine.
I think Meryl Streep or Angelica Houston would be PERFECT as Hildy and Kate Winslet would make a good Rebecca because she is a bewitching character. Kate Winslet looks so proper and perfect, (just like Rebecca) but I think she could bring on the crazy in a heart beat (just like Rebecca). Count me in. When's the movie?
The town itself is its own character allowing folks to be quirky and loving, independent and woven. There is so much to like about The Good House so go ahead and download it. It's worth the credit!
It was so intriguing listening to alcoholic Hildy's story which all seems so reasonable, then hearing what actually happened from the non-inebreated supporting cast of this novel. Leary does an excellent job drawing the character of Hildy and letting us love her while still seeing her bumps and bruises. Well done!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Yes, I definitely would listen to this again.
Mary Beth Hurt had the absolutely perfect voice for Hildy Good. She had the edge and sarcasm down pat. She helped the reader see how Hildy had deluded herself into thinking that her drinking was just a normal and understandable thing.
I completely enjoyed this fabulous study in character. A real treat.
So...you're telling me I can pay people to read books to me whilst I do other things?
I'm kind of on an audible review rampage right now--going back into my library pulling out my recent favorites, and this is definitely one of them.
Not sure which is more brilliant--Ann Leary's writing or Mary Beth Hurt's narration, but I'm pretty sure it's a magical combination of both...
Very easy listening! Vignettes of life in a small New England town with believable characters and fantastic narration.
There's no major suspense here, and the cast of characters is small, which is why it makes for such a perfect listen. It's easy to get absorbed into without having to rewind to try to figure out who this person is or what happened in a flashback etc. Mary Beth Hurt is wonderful, but she may annoy some listeners-- listen to the sample before you buy.
I loved Hildy and hated for the story to end because I won't be able to keep up with her. Mary Beth Hurt MADE this book so enjoyable and real.
Hildy because we would drink wine and have a good talk.
I never write reviews but The Good House was simply terrific. Mary Beth Hurt was the perfect Hildy Good; her character was really well-developed and the alcoholism angle fascinating. I was absolutely transported to the insulated world of Wendover. Perfect listen!
I would certainly recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was a beautifully written story and kept me entertained the entire time. I love the voice of Hildy Good.