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.
Entertaining, thought-provoking & educational
I loved that it was a simple story with complex characters. I read "The Namesake", so I was not totally unfamiliar with Indian culture, yet I still learned so much. The character's were very likeable.
Tania Rodrigues made this book come to life. She is the absolute best reader I have listened to since joining Audible.
I would not rename this book. At first I thought the name was long and actually a bit strange. But after hearing this book, I completely understand. The title has as much to do with Indian culture as the story itself.
I have learned that there are 3 companion sequels to this book. I have ordered the paperbacks, but wish that Ms. Rodrigues would be commissioned to record them.
While I enjoyed the majority of this book, I doubt I would ever listen again.
The first half of this story was just great! Zelda is a wonderful character who unfortunately, married a complete jerk. "Scott" was such an insecure man. While he ladled her with jewels and furs, it was never out of kindness. Zelda was nothing more than a prop to help boost his self image.
Jenna Lamia was the reason I chose to finish this book. The book is written in the first person. Ms. Lamia's voice was 100% Zelda Fitzgerald. While listening to the voice of a southern debutante could possibly make a listener run away, Ms. Lamia's interpretation was very pleasant and actually inviting.
I would love to spend an afternoon with Zelda. But I cannot imagine dinner with these folks, as I am not one to drink my dinner.
This particular book was excellent listening material. The story is good, and the writing style easy to follow. This is one I was able to follow in my car driving back and forth to work, without losing any concentration on the road.
I enjoyed the portions describing the so called, "Lost Generation". The fast life of partying, sexual liasons and capricious gluttony of those ex-pats, (including F. Scott & Zelda, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein to name a few), put the young celebs of today to shame!
This was the first time I listened to Carrington MacDuffie narrate. She was alright, but her voice and characterization of Ernest Hemingway was pretty bad.
The Paris Wife is historical fiction. It is very entertaining. This novel speaks loudly about the women of those times and how some, like Hadley, could simply not keep up with the changing morays of the Roaring Twenties.
Definitely! The story is very good, the reading is entertaining and it's paced well.
I love the psychiatrist. The two main characters are fantastic, but the doctor is the best!
I liked the scene when the doctor introduced himself as an Eagles fan. He makes a connection with Pat and builds the rapport needed in a therapeutic relationship. It also was very humorous.
I like the title. Who am I to change anything?
I haven't seen the movie, and I am happy I listened to the book first. Ray Porter's reading is entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. He uses accents where appropriate, without being patronizing or stereotypical. Good listen all around!
This book could never be a 4 or 5 star experience. The material does not allow it.
Ms. Ward's performance was fine. she did the best she could with what I believe is a very flawed story.
Ms. Ward is the only redeeming quality.
I'm a social worker who specializes in substance abuse. I deal with kids like Maurice everyday. The character in the book does not sound or behave like any urban kid, black or white, that I have ever met. The way this woman patronized this kid is abhorrent. Poor Laura, victimized her whole life, but still a candidate for sainthood as she saved the poor little black kid from the ghetto. Give me a break!
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