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The Good House Audiobook
The Good House
Written by: 
Ann Leary
Narrated by: 
Mary Beth Hurt
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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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    plainslady 03-26-13
    plainslady 03-26-13

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    "Well written story enhanced by a wonderful reader"

    Mary Beth Hurt was the final touch on making this a wonderful book on audio. I loved the perspective of Hildy Good and felt the author created a very authentic character with respect to her alcoholism, her denial, her relationship to her family and friends, and her living in a small town. The story rang true in so many ways. Humor was intermingled with sadness and some suspense in a very real way. I look forward to reading more by Ann Leary.

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    sharon wenonah, nj, United States 03-25-13
    sharon wenonah, nj, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "perspective from an alcoholic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    enjoyed listening to "The Good House". Really puts the listener in the seat of being an alcoholic ... painful to comprehend. Well read and for the most part believeable.


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    Carol D. Florida 03-23-13
    Carol D. Florida 03-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".

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    "Loved this book!"

    Funny, poignant, and beautifully written and narrated. Bravo to author and performer. I know I'll be re-reading this book in the future.

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    Patricia 03-23-13
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    "Very real"

    I bought this book because I love the area of Massachusetts she is writing about. I was hoping for the sights and sounds of a place I hadn't seen since I was a girl. What I got was a very real, hard, yet somehow sympathetic and compelling look at a life unraveling. This is a Yankee kind of story - hard and unvarnished in the telling of both the good and the bad. Mary Beth Hurt's narration was spot on.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-22-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "A DIFFERENT KIND OF BOOK. AND A GREAT ONE!"
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    DIFFERENT, INTERESTING,"PAGE-TURNING"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I THINK I LIKED FRANK THE BEST. HE WAS ALWAYS HIMSELF.


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

    I HAVE NEVER HEARD HER BEFORE. I DID NOT LIKE HER VOICE AT FIRST BUT SHE REALLY FIT THE BOOK WELL.


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

    PETER. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BOOK COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF THEY FOCUSED MORE ON PETER AND REBECCA. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A SUBPLOT. STALKERS CAN BRING TENSION TO A STORY SO MAYBE THIS BOOK WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE TENSE.

    IT WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN. I LISTENED TO THE ENTIRE BOOK WITHIN 24-30 HOURS. I WILL READ THIS ONE AGAIN AND AGAIN.

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    Casey Portland, OR, United States 03-22-13
    Casey Portland, OR, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy Read"
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    The characters seemed real, normal. They weren't overly dramatized...just normal people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character. Her self-perception and the stories she told herself were funny.


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

    What I loved about the narrator is that she actually sang the portions that should be sung. Great job!


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    April New Berlin, NY, United States 03-21-13
    April New Berlin, NY, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "wonderful story about a hidden dtsese"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, a{real}story about a talented 60.s woman including her loves


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hildy whos struggles with drinking mirrors people i know


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

    emotional responds some how she made the character more real


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

    peter i did not like him but i can not forget him especially his drinking with hildy

    after his dealth.


    Any additional comments?

    a lost boy a car accident a body in the river added suspense

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    FAS Boston, MA 03-21-13
    FAS Boston, MA 03-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Enjoyable"
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    I'm from New England and loved how this book brought me back to small town New England. The main character was likeable despite her flaws and the narration was excellent. It's not a riveting on-the-edge-of-your-seat book, but I found myself wanting to listen whenever I could. It was a good "story".

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    Elizabeth Beverly, Massachusetts 03-21-13
    Elizabeth Beverly, Massachusetts 03-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book!!!"
    Where does The Good House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Good House ranks in the top five of the audiobooks I have listen to since starting my subscription.


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

    There really is no one memorable moment, the book is well written, we begin to love Hildy from almost the first page. Leary's description of the characters and the area that they live in is wonderful. It does help that I live in one of Windover's surrounding towns. Leary discribes the personalities and the landscape to perfection.


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

    She sounded exactly like all the "Hildys" that I know from the area. The accent and inflections were spot on.


    If you could rename The Good House, what would you call it?

    I think the name is perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it, you will not regret it.

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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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    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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