- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 31, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N6LPTG9
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I Liked My Life: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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Maddy was a perfect wife, a perfect mother, a perfect hostess and friend. She seemed completely content and happy. So why would she commit suicide? She has left her 17 year old daughter and her husband reeling in the aftermath of her death, wondering what part they might have played in driving her to something so unthinkable?
One of my favorite aspects of the story is that although Maddy is dead, her voice isn't silenced. She is in the "afterlife" still watching and influencing her family members, by putting thoughts in their heads, making them start humming songs. One of her first jobs is to find a new wife for her husband, Brady.
The story is ultimately more about relationships and grieving and rebuilding and healing than it is about the plot points.
About the characters: I really didn't care for the teenage daughter, Eve--she was difficult for me to like. I also didn't care much for the husband, Brady. I couldn't really muster up much compassion for him. Maddy was pretty great, but unbelievable. She was just too perfect. Too perfect in every way. I did like Rory quite a bit. And I really liked the end of the story.
I was fortunate enough to go to a book event for this book. I got to hear the author talk about the story and the book, to read from it, and hear about the inside scoop of how many different parts of the book came to be. Abby, the author is a fun, charming, real down to earth person. I really enjoyed listening to her.
I recommend this book to primarily women, also husbands, and also teenage daughters.
This is a story about relationships, which is not my usual reading fare, but it also manages also to be a page turner. The underlying subject, Madeline's apparent suicide, is the lens through which we see Eve and Brady try to work out what their relationship was with Madeline, and how they will relate to each other going forward. Having Madeline's voice carry part of the narrative, with her combination of strength, self-doubt, and humor, keeps this story from becoming dark. The voices of Brady and Eve also reveal the secondary horror families of suicide victims face - having to deal not only with the loss of a loved one but the terrible guilt and questioning of their responsibility, and also the difficulty in trying to resume life and interact with friends who don't know what to say or how to act.
There are few books that stay with me after I read them, but I have found myself thinking about this one for weeks after reading it, and I'll probably read it again.
This would make an excellent book club selection - humorous, interesting, a little mystery and thought provoking. I am in awe of an author who can put together a story like this and tell it so compellingly. Someday I'd love to have a blow-by-blow of how she wrote it. I think that would be almost as interesting as the book!