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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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    JS Colorado, United States 03-11-13
    JS Colorado, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A great story about an alcoholic in complete denial about the impact alcohol has on her life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy. She seemed like an authentic old time New Englander and a very authentic secret drinker.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is Hildy's memory of loving Frankie as a teenager and sneaking onto harbor boats during their summer romance.


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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-10-13
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Narrator"

    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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    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 03-08-13
    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!

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    "Perfect combo of story and EXCELLENT narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good House to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I thought the audiobook was amazing. They could not have found a better voice for Hildy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy! The narrator does the best job really getting you to visualize the character.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to agree with all the other reviewers- the narrator makes this a can't-miss audiobook. The story is great- I thought it was really interesting, but also pretty dark. Some amazon reviews of the book described it as lighthearted and funny. It had funny moments, yes, but the subject matter is not funny- so don't expect light chick-lit. But that being said, I really loved this audiobook and would highly recommend it.

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    CherCher CT 03-08-13
    CherCher CT 03-08-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book. Exceptional "performance!""
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    Narration brought this book to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the smart witted remarks of main character


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    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 03-05-13
    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes Yes Yes Its a book you don't want to have an ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy of course. What a study in denial.


    What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds just like I vision Hildy


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

    Frank- He just kept being himself and hanging in there.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely human insight.

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    L. Berry Visalia, CA 03-05-13
    L. Berry Visalia, CA 03-05-13
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    "First rate!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good House to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but with the audio version I had an immediate sense of who Hildy Good was and what she looked/sounded like! I'm sure a print version would have produced a very different perception of Hildy!


    What other book might you compare The Good House to and why?

    I'm thinking "Fried Green Tomatoes"...a specific American town, a culture, some comedy/tragedy (and the whole time I thought Mary Stuart Masterson was Mary Beth Hurt - sorry!). And in answer to the question, it comes down to tone as well (did not read the print version - loved the film).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am really grateful for the ending. I love the scene in the sailboat. I had to re-listen to the last quarter of the book because sometimes I fall asleep with an audiobook - don't worry, I know it!


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

    Hildy, of course. Well, she is the most developed character...and even though Peter should have had a chance to redeem himself instead of finishing himself off, I get the story...


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    daisy SOUTHAMPTON, MA, United States 03-04-13
    daisy SOUTHAMPTON, MA, United States 03-04-13
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    The main character seemed so familiar to me. She embodied a few people I know well. The denial of her alcoholism was very typical and made her very real. Being from New England, I loved the familiarity of the location. Overall a great read.


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    Janice United States 03-04-13
    Janice United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Story with Great Characters"

    I loved this book! I got completely caught up in the world that Ann Leary created. Her characters are totally believeable - flawed, humorous and recognizeable. Mary Beth Hurt's narration is excellent - I always knew who was speaking. This is a book I would listen to again - it's that good.

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    deborah Albertson, NY, United States 03-04-13
    deborah Albertson, NY, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The narrator was amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was entertaining and easy to follow, even with breaks in the listening.


    What other book might you compare The Good House to and why?

    I found it to be unique.


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

    No.


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

    I would have loved to have been able to listen to this book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Mary Beth Hurt completely captured the voice and feeling of the character and added immensely to the enjoyment of the story.

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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 03-04-13
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 03-04-13
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    "I FOUND A KINDRED SPIRIT IN AN OLD DRUNK"
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    I could relate to this woman. Sure the story plays out exactly like you expect with little in the way of shocking twists and turns. However, it is a very well written feel good kind of book. The characters feel very human- like you could and DO know them. Mary Beth Hurt did an excellent job with all of the characters voices.....with the exception of the rare voice of children...which was painful. Like nails on a chalkboard kind of painful. Overall, an excellent read- I would buy and will read it again.

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