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A Beautiful, Terrible Thing Audiobook

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you discover that the person you've built your life around never existed? When "it could never happen to me" does happen to you?

These are the questions facing Jen Waite when she begins to realize that her loving husband - the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life - fits the textbook definition of psychopath. In a raw, first-person account, Waite recounts each heartbreaking discovery, every life-destroying lie, and reveals what happens once the dust finally settles on her demolished marriage.

After a disturbing email sparks Waite's suspicion that her husband is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth and rebuild trust in her marriage. Instead she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment from the last five years that isn't part of the long con of lies and manipulation. With a dual time line narrative structure, we see Waite's romance bud, bloom, and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting.

©2017 Jen Waite (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Like Big Little Lies, A Beautiful Terrible Thing is a startling reminder that fairy tales aren't real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor. I couldn't turn away." (Jillian Lauren, New York Times best-selling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Everything You Ever Wanted)

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    monica thorpe 07-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting and insightful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing to be better than the print version?

    To hear the book narrated by the author added to the poignancy of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story captivated me and I wanted to keep listening until the end. All in one sitting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jes 07-20-17
    Jes 07-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Vulnerable and Emotionally Available."

    I liked this book a lot. I read it in a little over a day, the storyline so compelling. For anyone who has gone through something similar, this book helps validate your feelings and emotional reactions.

    Overall, even with it's at times overwrought writing and emotional baggage, this was a great book with an unsurprising ending. A bit tone deaf and petty but all in all a enlightening and definitely I was unable to stop reading.

    I already plan to buy copies for a couple of friends. Definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-14-17
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    "Held my interest"
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    This is a memoir that reads like a thriller in some ways -- you want to keep listening to find out what happens next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Zigler 07-13-17
    Amy Zigler 07-13-17
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    This book was so engaging that I could not stop listening! I finished the book in 1 day! The performance was great, genuine and heartbreaking all at the same time!

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    w Stulmaker 07-12-17
    w Stulmaker 07-12-17
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    "A story that sadly has been told too often."
    What would have made A Beautiful, Terrible Thing better?

    Condense it. Where was the editor?


    Has A Beautiful, Terrible Thing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I certainly felt for Jen and what she was put through, just felt the book was redundant.<br/>I wish her well in the future.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Katy Emmitt 07-19-17
    Katy Emmitt 07-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you Jen"

    I now feel that I'm not alone. There was such a stigma and shame surrounding my realization that I was leaving a narcissist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne 07-18-17
    Leanne 07-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Interesting, Yet Sad.."
    Where does A Beautiful, Terrible Thing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really loved this book, and the fact that the Author was the one narrating.. it allowed me to really feel her emotion when she described certain parts of the story. It was interesting because it makes you wonder if you have ever had a psychopath in your life.. <br/><br/>It is sad and gut wrenching to think that someone so wonderful could go through something that terrible.. Since I have been cheated on in the past in a serious relationship, the memory of that pain flooded into my mind and heart as I listened to her story... But to imagine going through that in a marriage, and with a child, I can not begin to fathom it. <br/><br/>Very very good book.. and insightful in a way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the Author narrated it.


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

    I have not, this is my first one. She did a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Unsure..


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    Connie Schafer Columbia, Mo United States 07-15-17
    Connie Schafer Columbia, Mo United States 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm not alone"

    I felt like someone was telling my story. I cried a lot but felt like my own encounters with sociopathic men in tumultuous relationships was explained. I too was in a marriage that ended when I was pregnant with virtually the same scenario as the author. Reading this helped me realize that my feelings were/are legitimate.

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    Amazon Customer 07-15-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A Beautiful, Terrible Thing"

    I enjoyed the book, but there were a few things that disturbed me. First, the author/ narrator spoke too quickly in a very flat voice. The Audiobook would have been better using a professional narrator. The real name of "Marco" is easily found on the internet. Could there be an element of revenge in this book? Possibly. The author seemed remarkably naive to me. Her mother knew the score long before she did. This surprised me. This young woman came from a privileged background. She touched on this with a fleeting thought about how her situation could be so much worse. She was never broke, homeless, and pregnant. I liked the book, but I found some of it trite.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn F. 07-16-17
    Kathryn F. 07-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Me too."

    Although my gaslight relationship with my 1st husband, the father of my 2, now wonderful adult children, ended in 1990. There are still residuals and this is a great reminder. Now we have a POTUS who totally fits the profile. Beware America!

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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