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!
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I would say the best part about listening to 'The Good House' was the narrator. She was perfect as the main character and I could actually see her speaking in my mind. She had the perfect tone, the perfect expressions, and I loved her. I didn't want the story to end.
There were many memorable moments in The Good House. Every time Hildy, the main character, would get bombed and forget what she had done was horrifying but hysterical. The narrator was wonderful at making the main character seem completely aloof and in denial about having a drinking problem. There were several great parts in regards to Hildy and her persistent denial.
Everything- her voice was perfect.
I really would have listened to this book in one sitting had I the time. However, it took me about three listens (and staying up late) to get it done. It was a great story with rich characters and a mixture of hilarity and realism that was absolutely perfect.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story and a fantastic narrator. Be prepared to laugh and at the same time be touched by Hildy and her drunken adventures.
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I have never lived with an alcoholic so for me this was an eye-opening account of the behavior and self-delusion that goes with this disease. I enjoyed the narration, it was totally realistic and brought the character to life. I would definately recommend it as an interesting analysis of people, what goes on behind closed doors and how you can never judge a person's life and happiness from what you see in their public persona!
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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!
Mary Beth Hurt perfectly matched the voice I imagined for Hildy Good. I didn't want The Good House to end!
What a delightful summer read! I felt like I was right in the town of Wendover with Hildy, Frankie and the rest of the characters! Mary Beth Hurt's narration was spot on...the inflections and cadence...a hoot and such fun to listen to.....The "cautionary tale" woven throughout the novel expertly done. Bravo Ann Leary, let's have more like this....
I loved this story and was hooked from the start. I wish I had slowed down and savored it because it was over way too fast.
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.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
This book is about Hildy Good. She's a 60-something mother, grandma and divorcee. Her daughters stage an intervention because they think she is an alcoholic, although Hildy doesn't see it that way, but she goes to rehab anyway. The book starts after she has finished rehab. This book is about Hildy's "secret" relationship with alcohol and with her friends and family. It is also about the residents of her small New England town, Wendover. She has lived there all her life and has an intimate knowledge about the town itself and what goes on there. I thought Hildy was a riot… I liked how she was brutally honest with the reader/listener even though she mostly put on a facade for friends and family. Her brutal honesty had me laughing out loud several times. Hildy's interaction and past with Frank Getchell, long time friend and town's garbage man were some of my favorite parts of the book. There were many different emotions within this book, ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to soberingly sad moments. The narration was superb. Mary Beth Hurt was Hildy. She doesn't have a beautiful voice, I even cringed a bit when she sang, but I loved it anyway. I guess you can say that Hurt's voice is memorable and charming when it comes to playing Hildy Good.
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.