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Publisher's Summary

Why on earth should the nail-by-nail building of a house hold any fascination for anyone? Because when you put a lawyer, an architect, and a hippie builder together, that spells trouble. Kidder tells his story so well that you can’t help but take sides.

©1985 John Tracy Kidder (P)1986 Recorded Books, LLC

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brilliant narration of a well written book

truly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend to anyone contemplating building buying or dreaming about a new home.

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perfect to listen to as we start our house project

the level of detail about each person's experience and perspective was fascinating. I will share this with other architects or people building a house.

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Good book, well read

Would you listen to House again? Why?

I began reading the book long ago, but found the time to listen to the story. It is a good narrative of the process of building a house.

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Just read it for the second time

I first read this perhaps 20 years ago. When was it written? I was enchanted by Mr Kidder's insight into all the personalities that went into building this house. As a Realtor, it felt so real back then and it still did today. The hurt feelings, the worry and rejection, the questioning if they were being taken advantage - it all made so much sense. And (spoiler alert) it amazed me, yet it didn't, that the owners were oblivious to the pain they caused the builder. I loved that the publisher contacted the owners two years later and asked them about their experience.