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First time author for me. Set in a small town on the coast in Massachusetts north of Boston. The small town environment is central in the story where everybody knows everybody and everybody knows everybody's business, much like the environment I grew up in. The story is well-written, even witty and the narrator in this story adds a lot as well. I listened to an interview with the author is and she says that at its core this story is about alcoholism and, more specifically, an alcoholic in denial. The author states she is a recovering alcoholic herself and while the book isn't autobiographical, she does pull some of the story from her own experiences. This book was at times depressing and hard to listen to although in the end it was uplifting. I enjoyed it immensely!
I would and will listen to The Good House again as it was entertaining and so true to the nature of an alcoholic.
Hildy was my favorite character and the person that read the book were supreme.
I have not listened to any of Mary Beth Hurt's other performances before but am looking forward to them, she did a great job.
The ending was unfortunately the norm but done making the listener's question their own sobriety.
Say something about yourself!
One of those stories where you understand more about the narrator than they do themselves. Mary Beth Hurt's performance was flawless.
I would listen to The Good House again. The writing is solid - the character development of Hildy is very good, but the narration - the narration is spectacular. Was it just my ears - did Hildy seem to slur a bit more as the chapters went on?
How to answer this without giving things away well - perhaps the first time she reveals what she does each evening. It is the first time you start to wonder about what Hildy is telling you, or, if you are so blessed, you start to wonder about the people you know who favor Hildy a great deal.
I haven't listened to any of Mary Beth Hurt's any other performances, but based on this one, I would absolutely consider it. She was that good. She really was "Hildy". That is the voice I would have imagined,
Well, I feel like Hildy would be busy in the evening...
So perhaps Peter. What he did was questionable morally, but you never got the feeling that he was just in it for himself, and when things looked like they were going to go that way - He...corrected it - although in a devastating way.
I just finished a book, that was only 2 hours longer than this one, but took me an amazing amount of time to listen to. It was so incredibly boring, I wanted to dig my eyes out. Because I respected the author so much that I wanted to see if maybe things would change - they didn't. I bought this book 3 months ago, and thought eh, I might as well continue to clear my library. I started listening to this day before yesterday, and I wish there was another book about this community. I always wanted to know...what is Hildy up to? What's going to happen next? I enjoyed it. I hope you will too
... a fairly realistic account of how a despite our impairments and limitations we seem to mostly muddle through. This was not an uplifting novel.
Kept me interested throughout. Unreliable narrator, my favorite kind.
Hildy is an interesting flawed character, just trying to slog through life and grab a little relief when she can but she is over her head.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
This was just a light beach read, perhaps like other reviewers I do not find laughter in the darkness of alcoholism.
Though there was humor and wit, I did not find it laugh out loud funny or even cautionary. At times it was rather sad and pathetic. It almost seeemed old fashioned with respect to how "drunks" are perceived as funny.
Overall I enjoyed listening, but it was not at all what I expected. In short listen, enjoy, but don't expect too much.
At first I was hesitant to use my credit on The Good House. I am SO happy I changed my mind. The narrator does an extraordinary job of bringing the book to life. At times the story and characters are hilarious. The author has composed the novel in a way that you can identify with all of the books eccentric characters. The story line is woven brilliantly and you will not want to stop listening. I can't wait to listen again!
Author's words pour out of Hildy's mouth in such an easy conversational flow. Just as if Hildy was sitting next to you on a long airplane flight. She tells you, a stranger, stories of her little town and of her life that she'd never say publicly to those she knows. Dialogue is so rich, I finished the book and started over again!
The humor is Dave Barry. And the gut jabs of reality is Fanny Flagg "Green Fried Tomatoes".
Hildy's voice is PERFECT... and yet the reader, Mary Beth Hurt did justice to ALL the characters. She brought the story to life. Her reading was so natural it was like she was in the room sitting next to you, leaning in slightly as she shares this story.
Hildy and her ex-spouse. Those two are perfect company!
Plan to buy more by this author and reader
I really enjoyed this book. It was so well written. I have never had an addiction to alcohol but after meeting Hildi and getting to know her, I have a better understanding of how terrible the illness can be. I would and will recommend this book to all of my friends.