Absorbing; Real; Charming
Hildy is a real person who speaks directly to the reader. Others have mentioned the absolute perfection of Mary Beth Hurt's narration. I couldn't imagine anyone doing a better job....
The very last...but I won't give that away.
I save my audio books for my walks but there were times I wanted to listen to more after my usual hour with the book. I resisted, though.
This book is a little slow to get into any plot lines... not too slow, just a little. But after you do get into the meat of the book you see where the early parts just enhance the character development and intrigues. I really enjoyed this book and Mary Beth Hurt was absolutely perfect. I recommend it without reservation.
I have recommended 'The Good House' to several of my family and friends. Awesome story.
Mary Beth Hurt was Hildy. She narrated perfectly with the same voice inflection I expected from Hildy.
Ann Leary perfectly captured the characters and traits of New Englanders in small coastal towns. I live in Rockport, MA and the story was so like so many people I know. There is nothing stuffy about The Good House, in fact, quite the opposite.
The narration was awesome. Mary Beth Hurt perfectly captured Hildy.
The story touched many emotions. I did not want it to end! This is the best book I have listened to since The Help.
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'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...
Hilarious, funny, surreal
Hildy, of course! I love the way she could justify every "occasion"
Thanksgiving dinner was great, but every "occasion" was equally amusing!
Hildy (and her ex-husband)...I think it would be shear fun, of course I would have to be the DD!!
I loved, loved this book, didn't want it to end!
Hildy Good is a character that will stay with me for a long time. I adored Mary Beth Hurt’s performance. The voice she gave to Hildy was perfect. So glad I decided to listen to this book.
Fun, troubling, well written.
The characters were quirky, original and believable.
Where do I start? There were so many.
I'd still call it the Good House ... it's a descriptive and symbolic title for this story.
One of my favorite listens ... the narrator, the story, the characters and the message.
No. This book is like dangling a carrot in front of a horse. The story just keeps going on and on and nothing happens. It is not boring but it is not exciting either. I did like the narrator. She is probably why I finished the entire book, otherwise I would have turned it off half way through.
Yes. I would give this author another shot. She develops characters very well and, like I said, it wasn't boring.
She gives the main character likability. I loved how she sounded just like the voice I thought Hildy would have.
If there was a follow-up I wouldn't read it.
Mary Beth Hurt's narration elevated this material and was the only thing that kept me listening, even though I was good and sick of Hildy Good by the halfway point.
Ann Leary knows her small New England towns, and their inhabitants, and I enjoyed those elements of the novel. Kudos, too, for depicting a character of about 60 as a real person with a life, not just a grandmotherly appendage to younger more important characters. However, the first person narrator is depicted as an alcoholic in deep denial, in a convincing and at times harrowing, at times humorous way, so I found the ending a bit pious and forced.
This is one of those books that I think I may have enjoyed more in printed form, as the character's voice was quite clear, and I could have flipped over the tedious and annoying parts more easily.
I very much enjoyed this story. What an interesting portrayal of a functioning alcoholic.