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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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    Amy Frazer Indiana 06-12-13
    Amy Frazer Indiana 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "An unexpected pleasure!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend it. The story lines were compelling, but unfolded at the perfect pace. I wanted to fall more deeply into this town and its inhabitants every time I picked up my phone or ipad to listen.


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

    I cannot think of another book that is comparable.


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

    Mary Beth Hurt painted such a vivid picture of the main character. Every inflection, perfectly executed phrase and pause brought me closer to feeling like I had known her all my life. This was probably one of the most beautifully executed performances I have listened to. Her other characterizations are equally well drawn.


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

    It made me laugh several times, but mostly made me shake my head in complete understanding of these characters' personalities, motivations, peculiarities, and shared human condition. The author either has great insight or great intuition into the psyche and demonstrates it on every page.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book on a whim, and am SO glad I did. Maybe it chose me...

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    Cherie houston, TX, United States 06-11-13
    Cherie houston, TX, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Audiobook I've "read" so far."
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, terrifying, and heartbreaking.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Gulf Coast 06-10-13
    Gulf Coast 06-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty Darn GOOD!"

    The narrator was spot on as Hildy Good! I enjoyed the story very much!

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    Kathryn MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 05-31-13
    Kathryn MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm not an alcoholic - I just love alcohol!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Hilde is a great character. She is likable and scrappy.


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

    Hilde describing how she doesn't really have a problem with drinking - she didn't pass out, was just taking a nap. LOL


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

    The tone of her voice was perfect!


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    Kristin 05-29-13
    Kristin 05-29-13
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    "HORRIBLE"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story was even slightly interesting I would have given it 2 starts. NOTHING happened. terrible boring.


    Has The Good House turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, just think this was a bad one in the bunch. I will be more careful to trust other peoples high reviews.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the performance more than anything else, can't say much negative about it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Good House?

    The whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was awful.

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    Wendyann 05-28-13
    Wendyann 05-28-13
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    "Do you know where the bodies are?"

    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.

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    Staci MI, United States 05-23-13
    Staci MI, United States 05-23-13

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    "Fantastic audio of a stellar book!"

    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!!

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    Patricia 05-16-13
    Patricia 05-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "5 Stars for Mary Beth Hurt"
    Would you listen to The Good House again? Why?

    Yes I would. The story was truly interesting and gave insight to how a small town can band together. Lots of jucy secrets revealed.


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

    When Hildy came to her conclusion that her drinking was way out of control nad how she delt with it.


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

    I loved her voice. She really made me believe she was Hildy.


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

    When the young boy was found and the connection he had with the horse.


    Any additional comments?

    Mary Beth Hurt should do more audio books !!! She was fantastic.

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    pnette 05-15-13
    pnette 05-15-13
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    "Surprising good story."
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    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.


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    Cynthia Clinton, MO, United States 05-14-13
    Cynthia Clinton, MO, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mary Beth Hurt IS Hildy Good!"
    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    Perfect for driving!


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

    Hildy's snarky side comments while she's doing "readings" of people are FABULOUS!


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

    Never before, but I can't wait for more.


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