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The Good House Audiobook

The Good House: A Novel

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2014

A riveting novel in which an engaging and wildly irreverent woman is in complete denial - about herself, her drinking, and her love for a man she's known all her life.

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it's not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem.

As if battling her demons wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There's a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire - and a love story between two craggy 60-somethings that's as real and sexy as you get. An exceptional novel that is at turns hilarious and sobering, The Good House asks the question: What will it take to keep Hildy Good from drinking? For good.

©2012 Ann Leary (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Alicia GREENSBURG, PA, United States 04-15-13
    Alicia GREENSBURG, PA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    I bought this book after reading its rave reviews. Now, having finished it, I found the storyline and characterization to be incredibly disappointing. Just when I thought the momentum was picking up, the story kind of just fizzled out. It was a good premise- there was a lot of potential. But unfortunately, everything just fell flat. This book was "finishable," but overall, I just wasn't impressed.

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    Karen 04-14-13
    Karen 04-14-13
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    "Who's good?"
    Would you try another book from Ann Leary and/or Mary Beth Hurt?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Ann Leary before, how does this one compare?

    N/a


    Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

    Hildy


    Do you think The Good House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. Liked the characters and wonder how Peter Nuebold died.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't feel the story was finished

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    Christine 04-12-13
    Christine 04-12-13
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    "A "Good" Read!"

    While Leary's story is compelling and interesting, Mary Beth Hurt is simply divine in her narration. Her rough voice accurately characterizes the older alcoholic Hildy Good perfectly. Leary's setting and characters well-drawn, and the portrait of the alcoholic in denial seems true-to-life (although in fiction, I don't require THAT). Unreliable narrators are wonderful, and Hildy really absorbs your sympathy, only to re-tell the events another way to reveal that you should not feel so badly for her in her dangerous choices and blurred understanding of others. Great read, perfect narrator.

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    Happy Helena 04-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A "Good" Read!"

    While Leary's story is compelling and interesting, Mary Beth Hurt is simply divine in her narration. Her rough voice accurately characterizes the older alcoholic Hildy Good perfectly. Leary's setting and characters well-drawn, and the portrait of the alcoholic in denial seems true-to-life (although in fiction, I don't require THAT). Unreliable narrators are wonderful, and Hildy really absorbs your sympathy, only to re-tell the events another way to reveal that you should not feel so badly for her in her dangerous choices and blurred understanding of others. Great read, perfect narrator.

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    Pat 04-11-13
    Pat 04-11-13

    I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.

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    "Denial really is a river in Egypt!"
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    Hildy is hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HIldy, of course. Even though she is incredibly in denial about her "sobriety", she is bitingly funny and poignant all at once.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hildy's daughter walks in while Hildy is with her crusty "boyfriend".


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me laugh out loud, but also despair at Hildy's stupidity at times. You can't help but love her!

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    LaVonne Hutchison COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO, US 04-10-13
    LaVonne Hutchison COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO, US 04-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Retired, but work on a part time, when I want basis. Love my grandchildren, gardening and travel.

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    "Wonderful"
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    I simply loved the story and Mary Beth Hurt


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good House?

    The sarcasm from a realtor. I've experienced some of the same moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hiding in the cellar


    If you could rename The Good House, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't change it


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    bonnie 04-08-13
    bonnie 04-08-13
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    "Listened to it 3 times in a row!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    Most definitely the author. She brought Hildy to LIFE!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy!! She was brazen and vulnerable all at the same time. She was laugh-out-loud hilarious.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

    Frank. She made him so moody, when I might have otherwise made him boring in my head.


    If you could take any character from The Good House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hildy!! But we wouldn't go to dinner, we would drink wine together!!


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    rebecca 04-07-13
    rebecca 04-07-13
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    "Couldn't put this down!"

    I actually forgot where I was driving I was so engrossed. Loved the story, narrator and production. One of my best audible purchases.

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    Judy Kimes 04-07-13
    Judy Kimes 04-07-13
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    "What a Delightful Surprise! Great Narration!"

    This story completely enveloped me and I was caught up in the characters and their interactions with each other immediately. Hildy is a treasure no matter what problem she might have. The narrator was excellent and made the characters believable and come alive! The story was just a treat and I didn't want it to end! You've got to meet Hildy...you will love her, too.

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    L. Fadden Los Angeles, CA USA 04-05-13
    L. Fadden Los Angeles, CA USA 04-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Great book, excellent narration."

    Mary Beth Hurt needs to narrate more books - I listened to her first with The Darlings by Russell Banks (also an excellent read).

    The Good House was an engaging and fun listen.

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