Regular price: $17.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Ripped apart by Portugal's financial crisis, Daniel's family is struggling to adjust to circumstances beyond their control. His wife and children move out to live with family hours away, but Daniel believes against all odds that he will find a job and everything will return to normal.

Even as he loses his home, suffers severe damage to his car, and finds himself living in his old, abandoned office building, Daniel fights the realization that things have changed. He's unable to see what remains among the rubble - friendship, his family's love, and people's deep desire to connect. If Daniel can let go of the past and find his true self, he just might save not only himself but also everyone that really matters to him.

©2013 David Machado (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 by Hillary Locke.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    15
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    5

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Completely depressing

What disappointed you about The Shelf Life of Happiness?

everything, the whole book

What was most disappointing about David Machado and Hillary Locke - translator ’s story?

pick anything, it's all so depressing

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

wouldn't have mattered

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Shelf Life of Happiness?

the entire book, then start over

Any additional comments?

I don't recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A good contemporary story

there is a lot of dark imagery throughout the book that made it slightly difficult to get through. But at the end of the day the story was good and the revolution occurred in the last little bit of the last chapter

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ruben
  • Daly City
  • 10-01-16

a pleasant surprise

very surprised by this book, the depth of its social and emotional analysis. a very enjoyable story and narration

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

muy bonita historia

es una linda historia sobre volver a encontrarse a uno mismo. Muy bien narrada. vale la pena

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Hmmm...

This was a rather odd story. I think it would've been better if it hadn't been told via correspondence and if the author had instead fleshed out the characters from the outset to avoid confusion. As it was, I thought it was needlessly rather unbalanced. The narration was great.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful