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
Funny, terrifying, and heartbreaking.
This is the first time I've heard Mary Beth Hurt narrate and I honestly think I'd have a difficult time hearing her be anyone else but Hildy Good.
This audiobook will spoil you for other audiobooks. This is the perfect pairing of character and narration. Mary Beth Hurt is fantastic. All of the sudden, I actually care about who is reading my book.
Yes - Hilde is a great character. She is likable and scrappy.
Hilde describing how she doesn't really have a problem with drinking - she didn't pass out, was just taking a nap. LOL
The tone of her voice was perfect!
If the story was even slightly interesting I would have given it 2 starts. NOTHING happened. terrible boring.
Not really, just think this was a bad one in the bunch. I will be more careful to trust other peoples high reviews.
I liked the performance more than anything else, can't say much negative about it.
The whole book.
It was awful.
The title caught my eye. The location was familar to me. The dark humor and insight into the rationalization and realization of alcholoism is, in my opinon, well done. Applause to both author and narrator.
Life in the Thumb
This is the best audio presentation that I've experienced to date!! Mary Beth Hurt WAS Hildy Good. I loved her raspy voice and she absolutely nailed the accent and the whole vibe of the character. I was struck with how immediate the faces, the houses, and the whole town came to life within my mind as I was listening. There was never a dull moment and I found myself anxiously wanting to return to my iPhone to listen to the story.
Recommend? YES! This will probably be in my top favorite books and audios of the year! Hildy captured my attention from her very first sentence, she made me laugh out loud at her inappropriate thoughts, shaking my head in exasperation at her justification of "it's only wine, I can handle my wine." This was a brilliant audio production of a stellar book!!
Yes I would. The story was truly interesting and gave insight to how a small town can band together. Lots of jucy secrets revealed.
When Hildy came to her conclusion that her drinking was way out of control nad how she delt with it.
I loved her voice. She really made me believe she was Hildy.
When the young boy was found and the connection he had with the horse.
Mary Beth Hurt should do more audio books !!! She was fantastic.
Being raised by an alcoholic mother, I did not expect to love this character but I did. This is a great story that makes you love this woman even with what she does. Hearing the book from her perspective is a new and wonderful experience. The fact that she does not see her drinking in the same way as her daughters and friends was very interesting.
Perfect for driving!
Hildy's snarky side comments while she's doing "readings" of people are FABULOUS!
Never before, but I can't wait for more.
I think I understand that narrator Mary Beth Hurt was trying to sound brittle and arch like the main character, but her narration was way over the top. Grated on my ears (and nerves) so badly that I didn't make it any farther into the story than one hour... after I forget that voice, then I'll try to read this story myself... but that will take a good long while. Too bad. I was really looking forward to listening to it!
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