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This Beautiful Life

Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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When the Bergamots move to a new well-to-do neighbourhood, they're unsure how well they'll adapt. Soon though, Richard is consumed by his new role and Liz is hectically playing mother to 4-year-old Coco and 15 year-old Jake. But the day Jake unthinkingly forwards his friends a sexually-explicit email from a young girl is the last day of the Bergamots' comfortable existence.

Faced with impossible choices, what Richard and Liz do next risks destroying not only their marriage, their daughter, and their place in the community, but also Jake - the child they have set out to protect.

©2012 Helen Schulman (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This Beautiful Life stylishly dramatises the effect of new technologies on old moralities." (The Guardian)
"Helen Schulman’s novel about the catastrophic consequences of one reflex action is firmly based in The Slap territory. That bestseller was a crude, overlong attempt at exposing state of the nation mores; this is its subtle, erudite, and terse counterpart." (The Telegraph)
"… as much as this book fiercely inhabits our shared online reality, it operates most powerfully on a deeper level, posing an enduring question about American values — is it worth leaving a perfectly good life to grab a chance for something more?" (The New York Times)

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  • Lolita
  • 03-06-16

not so beautiful!

struggled! totally left up in the air.
flat characters. I didn't enjoy the book at all.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 04-07-13

Great listen

An interesting insight into the technological age we now live in and the effect and impact this now has on our lives and those around us, especially those not mature enough to know the full consequences - a really good book, well worth a listen, especially if you have teenagers!!!!

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  • Saffy
  • 03-21-13

A masterpiece

I could not stop listening to this audiobook and it has stayed with me since. It is a beautifully, compactly written masterpiece that translates perfectly to audio. The alternately narrated chapters work well and Jennifer Woodward is a compelling narrator. The family are not particularly likeable but, along with the society of wealthy Manhattanites they inhabit, are brilliantly characterised . As the parent of a teenager I found that the moral questions it raises are particulary relevant and thought provoking.

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  • Domino
  • 03-05-13

Never quite got started

I persevered with this book but somehow how it always felt like it was just starting. I do not think the narrator helped as her monotone delivery seemed to suggest that something more was about to be revealed but it never happened. I enjoyed the last chapter but can't help thinking that much of the middle could have been dispensed with.

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