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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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    Rebecca Wallingford, VT, United States 03-20-13
    Rebecca Wallingford, VT, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You may think you will know what happens next"
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    Great listen .... I was so absorbed in the narration (totally loved Mary Beth Hurt), I could visualize Hildy and be transported into the scene ...... I'm still trying to visualize Frank :-)


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    Auntie Mame Cape Cod, MA 03-18-13
    Auntie Mame Cape Cod, MA 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a wonderful story, beautifully written and narrated. Whenever I enjoy a story this much I feel like I am leaving good friends behind when come to the end. Hildy was a wonderful character who is the living embodiment of alcoholic denial. This story brought a smile to my face and a lump in my throat at various times. Mary Beth Hurt was perfect in her portrayal of a 60 year old “character” our Hildy. Strongly recommend this book.


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

    There was mystery, suspense, humor and tragedy. To say more would give away the story to prospective readers. No “spoilers” here.


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

    Yes, I would have if it were possible. I hated to see it end.


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    haley SARDIS, MS, United States 03-16-13
    haley SARDIS, MS, United States 03-16-13
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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to The Good House again? Why?

    I would listen again for sure


    What did you like best about this story?

    it has a good flow very intresting characters
    well written story


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

    her voice was perfect for heldi and the rest of the characters she knew were to hilight the story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    towads the end when she was coming unglued and relized she need a little just to keep from breaking down


    Any additional comments?

    i highly recomend the good house

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    Susan 03-15-13
    Susan 03-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What a delightful listen"
    What did you love best about 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!


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    Aggie S. california 03-13-13
    Aggie S. california 03-13-13 Member Since 2009

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

    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.


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Beth Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first and I loved it.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great. Thank You.

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    AtticusAtticus Bronxville, NY, United States 03-13-13
    AtticusAtticus Bronxville, NY, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2015

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    "You are in her shoes...."

    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.

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    Pamela edina, MN, United States 03-12-13
    Pamela edina, MN, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen!"

    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 .

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    Michele Georgetown, MA, United States 03-11-13
    Michele Georgetown, MA, United States 03-11-13
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    "Absolutely my favorite audio book so far!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hilde is awesome.


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

    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.


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

    I just love this book. I will definitely listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely buy this one. You won't be disappointed; especially if you live on the North Shore of Boston!

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    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 03-11-13
    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! An Audible member since 2006 and a voracious reader always.

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    "LOVED THIS BOOK !!!"
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    The reality of its characters


    Any additional comments?

    The marriage of the book and the narrator was brilliant....sooo enjoyed this listening experience.

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    sarahjean Midwest USA 03-11-13
    sarahjean Midwest USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good, Quirky, Thoughtful Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend The Good House to a friend for a quirky tale with terrific characters.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the main character analyzes her own behavior, first through denial, then with the help of her love interest.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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