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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Yes because Mary Beth Hurt was amazing - she brought the characters in this book to life, especially Hildy's character.
Hildy's character was written so perfectly. She is lovely and delusional, dynamic and flawed; and still so beautiful all the while living in total denial. It was sort of spell binding hearing Hildy go through this process of self discovery - really discovering that she is in fact a total alcoholic. I was GLUED to this story, and Hildy is just one of the many lovely characters in this audio. The book is rich!
Mary Beth Hurt brought ALL that is Hildy Good to life in her performance. Hildy is a full character and the narrator captured her demons and spirit and made her relateable. I laughed so much and also held my breath a few times. It was a brilliant performance.
Wendover spelled out in bottles of red wine.
I think Meryl Streep or Angelica Houston would be PERFECT as Hildy and Kate Winslet would make a good Rebecca because she is a bewitching character. Kate Winslet looks so proper and perfect, (just like Rebecca) but I think she could bring on the crazy in a heart beat (just like Rebecca). Count me in. When's the movie?
The town itself is its own character allowing folks to be quirky and loving, independent and woven. There is so much to like about The Good House so go ahead and download it. It's worth the credit!
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I would say the best part about listening to 'The Good House' was the narrator. She was perfect as the main character and I could actually see her speaking in my mind. She had the perfect tone, the perfect expressions, and I loved her. I didn't want the story to end.
There were many memorable moments in The Good House. Every time Hildy, the main character, would get bombed and forget what she had done was horrifying but hysterical. The narrator was wonderful at making the main character seem completely aloof and in denial about having a drinking problem. There were several great parts in regards to Hildy and her persistent denial.
Everything- her voice was perfect.
I really would have listened to this book in one sitting had I the time. However, it took me about three listens (and staying up late) to get it done. It was a great story with rich characters and a mixture of hilarity and realism that was absolutely perfect.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story and a fantastic narrator. Be prepared to laugh and at the same time be touched by Hildy and her drunken adventures.
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I loved Hildy! She was so hysterical!... but in all honestly I think that was thanks to the narrator: Mary Beth Hurt. Her performance / voice was so terrific that without her I think Hildy would have just been very funny instead of flat out hilarious.
She was such a hot mess - and I didn't want her to get better, her dysfunctionality entertained me thoroughly.
"How did I not know to expect saggy knees!!" love it.
I loved this story and was hooked from the start. I wish I had slowed down and savored it because it was over way too fast.
It was so intriguing listening to alcoholic Hildy's story which all seems so reasonable, then hearing what actually happened from the non-inebreated supporting cast of this novel. Leary does an excellent job drawing the character of Hildy and letting us love her while still seeing her bumps and bruises. Well done!
I am very careful about the books which I choose to download.
To be honest, I like modern detective books (Michael Connolly) and I like well-written mysteries..
As I listened into the 2nd hour of The Good House, I was wondering when the murder would take place. I was wondering what dramatic event would occur that would need to be resolved throughout the remainder of the story.
The book had a definite flow but I was swimming against the tide expecting something familiar. What I got instead, was something totally unexpected. An absolutely wonderful book which, at the same time, wove the characters and the feel of a charming New England town into the stark presentation of the alcoholic mind of Hildy, the main character.
If you have ever known or experienced addiction of any kind, exploring the mind of Hildy is a spell-binding revelation of how the addictive mind can survive, thrive and then dive into utter despair.
This book was so well written that I had trouble turning off my I Phone.
To top it off, I can say that I have never experienced any better narration. Usually when I finish a great book, I immediately search for other books by the same author, as I did with the Good House.
But this time, I made a point of searching for other stories with the same narrator and what did I find? I found The Darling, a wonderful book with the same narrator that I listened to three years ago. The narrator was so compelling that I have once again downloaded The Darling and will listen to it again tonight as I go for my nightly walk with my beautiful boxer.
Please listen to the The Good House. You will be glad that you did.
Mary Beth Hurt perfectly matched the voice I imagined for Hildy Good. I didn't want The Good House to end!
I would certainly recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was a beautifully written story and kept me entertained the entire time. I love the voice of Hildy Good.
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Hildy's grandson's first word was MORE. This is the moral of the story....we all want MORE.
Hildy wants MORE, more alcohol, more money and prestige, and more love. Each of the other characters is lacking something in their lives which brings them to Hildy and in turn, she basks in their strife.
In letting Hildy's story unfold Ms. Leary expertly illustrates the denial of an addict. But it is not just Hildy who is an addict, it is also Rebecca; she is addicted to attention and romance.
Then of course with all of this wanting MORE, comes great loss.
The messy emotions and feelings and thoughts of these characters come to life with Ms. Hurt so wonderfully narrating.
I loved this book and I can't imagine anyone not becoming completely engaged with this story. YES 5 stars!
The book centers around an alcoholic that is in complete denial. It's not a sad story, as you might expect, because it goes beyond her drinking problems. It's also the story of growing up in a quaint town with colorful characters. You will love Hillary, and the story is completely engrossing. You will also hear every rationalization ever mounted for having one more glass of wine. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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