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
I would listen again for sure
it has a good flow very intresting characters
well written story
her voice was perfect for heldi and the rest of the characters she knew were to hilight the story
towads the end when she was coming unglued and relized she need a little just to keep from breaking down
i highly recomend the good house
Without a doubt, Mary Beth, the narrator, brought Hilde alive. The humor in the story is great. I look forward to future books by Ann. In the meantime, I'm going to search for more books narrated by Mary Beth....she made Hilde a hoot!
I loved the story and performance. It was fantastickly funny, and wicked and sad and hopeful, so very true to life. I fell in love with Hildy and I thought Mary Beth's performance made Hildy come to life in the most absolutely endearing way. I didn't want it to end.
When Hildy is afraid that Peter might want to kill her. I was actually scared for her. I believed her and wondered if this book had changed genre's on me.
No, this was the first and I loved it.
oh my Gosh, Hildy of course, well no because all she would be thinking about was getting home and getting to her cellar, I think maybe Frank would be quite interesting and pleasant company, even if he didn't say much.
It was great. Thank You.
I know we all know people who are in trouble and in denial about their troubles. Hildy is one of those people. I so enjoyed being in her head and understanding what made her tick. Her justifications for everything. It is true... she wants MORE. She is too aware of appearances and misses the things that are most valued in life. I loved this book. I loved Hildy. The narration is excellent.
I read other reviews before I decided to download this book - and all were good - but that doesn't always mean that I'm going to enjoy it. Well - this book was worth the "try"!
Interesting story - great narration - just plain - ol Good!
The characters were very "true" to life - (slightly "flawed" - like us everyday people) - that I thought at first that this book was more of a "memoir" and not a novel. I highly recommend this listen - and I look forward to more from the author .
The fact that this book is based exactly where I live made it absolutely fascinating to listen to. It also has quite a few equestrian components to it, which I wasn't aware of when I purchased it. Since I own a horse and live in the same area, this book was very pleasurable for me to listen to. Furthermore, the narrator is fantastic! Just perfect in every way. I could listen to her (a/k/a Hilde) over and over again and I will probably listen to this book again!
Hilde is awesome.
I liked her inflections and tone. I also like the way she did Frank's voice and her grandson and daughters. Absolutely hilarious at times.
I just love this book. I will definitely listen to it again.
Definitely buy this one. You won't be disappointed; especially if you live on the North Shore of Boston!
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The reality of its characters
The marriage of the book and the narrator was brilliant....sooo enjoyed this listening experience.
I would recommend The Good House to a friend for a quirky tale with terrific characters.
She sounds just as I imagined the main character to sound. Her inflection and timing is outstanding. Hilarious and deeply moving, she brought the book to life.
When the main character analyzes her own behavior, first through denial, then with the help of her love interest.
The subject matter of alcoholism is very, very serious. The Good House presents an uncanny first person account of the highs and deep lows of drinking too much. The story is sprinkled with just enough small town happenings, gossip, and mystery to keep the book from being too depressing. A wild ride into the lives of a small New England community.
Yes. A great story about an alcoholic in complete denial about the impact alcohol has on her life.
Hildy. She seemed like an authentic old time New Englander and a very authentic secret drinker.
My favorite scene is Hildy's memory of loving Frankie as a teenager and sneaking onto harbor boats during their summer romance.
This narrator provided the perfect voice for Hildy & made the book. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading it nearly as much as listening to the book, because of the perfect narration. Loved the book!
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