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The Good House Audiobook

The Good House: A Novel

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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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    Dell FRUITLAND PARK, FL, United States 04-24-13
    Dell FRUITLAND PARK, FL, United States 04-24-13

    I enjoy historical fiction, humor, and biographies. I listen to my Audible books as I drive in my car or on my IPhone.

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    "A Good Read!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good House?

    I enjoyed the story of the struggle of an elderly,alcoholic woman. You can actually understand her side and the way she sees things as she deals with the struggle of having to have another drink. The narration was excellent and I will gladly listen to any other book from this narrator.


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    Linda 04-23-13
    Linda 04-23-13 Member Since 2010

    I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!

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    "I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    Hildi is so real!! I saw myself all the way though!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book made me laugh outloud!! I loved it!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The author is so excellent she brings the story to life!


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    joanne 04-22-13
    joanne 04-22-13
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    "Narrator was great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good House to be better than the print version?

    I really think all books are better in audio, provided the narrator is good.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a nice read, plain and simple

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    Marguerite Darling 04-20-13

    "detective simplicite"

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    "Wonderful thoroughly entertaining loved it& reader"
    Would you listen to The Good House again? Why?

    We've certainly thought about it.
    Because we didn't want it to end and we've not read another as good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The goodness of it, etc.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    There was nothing we didn't like, she was terrific, we fell in love with her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, we wanted to savor it!


    Any additional comments?

    What more can we say except wish we could find another we enjoyed as much.

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    Frank J. Edwards Rochester, NY 04-20-13
    Frank J. Edwards Rochester, NY 04-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb main character!"

    This is a ravishingly enjoyable novel, told in the first person by Hildy Goode, a sixty-year-old alcoholic real estate agent and fictional 8th granddaughter of the real Sarah Good who was hanged for witchcraft at Salem in 1692, The story revolves around a growing friendship between Hildy and a newcomer to the small coastal Massachusetts town of Wendover, a wealthy, vulnerable young woman who stumbles into an affair with the local psychiatrist. But the story's magic truly lies in Hildy's voice--her intelligence, her worldly wisdom, her deep roots in the town and her efforts to deny her alcoholism. The book could have benefitted from a bit more editing in some early sections where a few passages fall flat and some repetition creeps in, but this is a remarkable book. The lyrically described setting and the character of Hildy Good are fully realized and a delight to encounter.

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    Yetunde Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-18-13
    Yetunde Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you listen to The Good House again? Why?

    This was an amazing book about self-examination and rebirth. The characters were so well crafted that I still thought about them well after finishing the book. I would definitely read this book again as is examines the life and trials of a sixty-something woman and I think my appreciation for the main character will only deepen with time.


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    Laura 04-18-13
    Laura 04-18-13
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    "A Good Book"
    Have you listened to any of Mary Beth Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her performance was good.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the way this story unraveled. It paints a vivid picture of life in a small New England town. The main character is interesting, and I am so glad the author told the story from her point of view.

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    Debi Cavanagh san Ramon 04-17-13
    Debi Cavanagh san Ramon 04-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "In case you are considering AA..."
    Where does The Good House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was really good, the characters were multi-faceted and interesting. The story believable, the ending satisfying. It rated in the middle mostly because in wasn't super tragic, heartbreaking, etc. But I wanted Hilde Goode to come out on top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the relationship between Hilde and the junk man in town.


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

    Hilde Goode in all her self denial.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Good House and why?

    It was Her neighbor the trash man/ junk man/ high school boy of interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a good book to give to someone who might have a drinking problem, they might take it personally.

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    cindy 04-15-13
    cindy 04-15-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not all it's cracked up to be"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The ending was good, but up until then, it was very boring.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was very pleased!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Made the book a few hours shorter


    Did The Good House inspire you to do anything?

    No


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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 don't understand the hype"

    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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