We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Happy Family Audiobook

Happy Family

Regular Price:$23.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

A mordantly funny and propulsive novel about a woman coming to terms with her family - adoptive, biological, and future.

In 1962 a pregnant girl staggers into a health clinic, gives birth, and flees. A foster family takes the baby in, and an unlikely couple, their lives unspooling from the recent death of their infant, adopts her.

Forty years and many secrets and lies later, Cheri Matzner is all grown up and falling apart. Ironic and fierce, she's a former cop turned disgruntled academic, a frustrated wife trying to get pregnant, an iconoclastic daughter bearing war wounds from her dysfunctional family. Thrust into an odyssey of acceptance, she discovers that sometimes it takes half a lifetime to come of age.

Weaving together the stories of the deeply flawed but well-intentioned people who've shaped Cheri's life, Happy Family is an intimate exploration of the gap between our expectations and beliefs about our families - and the truth.

©2016 Tracy Barone (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Barone's debut novel explores the pursuit of human connection with pathos and humor.... Cheri is a compelling protagonist, making her journey into the past well worth following." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (78 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.0 (69 )
5 star
 (24)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.5 (69 )
5 star
 (41)
4 star
 (23)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Marie E 06-05-16
    Marie E 06-05-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "excellent"

    Very good book and excellent narration! I will be looking for more from both the author and narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Danielle Luther 08-29-16 Member Since 2016

    I've been an avid reader (now listener) for as long as I can remember. My motto is so many books - so little time...

    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Captivating storytelling "

    Tracy Barone's Happy Family has intensely real characters and they suck you in from the very start. The narration is spot on and particularly the character of Cece. The story is sad and I wished for a little more forgiveness, towards life, from the main character at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jill SPARTA, NJ, United States 11-13-16
    jill SPARTA, NJ, United States 11-13-16 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Smart story"

    Terese Plummer is an amazing narrator as always. Smart story line and interesting characters. The kind of book that you really look forward to listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    workout girl 11-09-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pretty Good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a good story, nothing too special. I kept waiting for a twist or turn.


    Would you recommend Happy Family to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Because it was just ok.


    Have you listened to any of Courtney Patterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I really enjoyed her!


    Was Happy Family worth the listening time?

    At the beginning, it was really good, but then it became just ok.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer Georgia 10-24-16
    Kindle Customer Georgia 10-24-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really, really good book"

    Caught my attention from the get-go. Really interesting and entertaining story with some deep moments that make you think. Narrator is terrific!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.