- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: August 2, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FIPMJQ
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This Beautiful Life: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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The father, Richard, appears to be a very good father, one who supports his family finacially, while Liz, his wife, does the tasks expected of her: pays the bills, keeps the apartment going, deals with school issues...
Then Jake attends a party, an unsupervised one. And there he meets 11-year-old Daisy. And something happens. No, he does not have sex with her. Something else. And it relates to that ubiquitiousness of the Internet.
And the family falls badly.
The author has a great talent for point of view writing. The reader sees the points of view of the two adults and the son.
But the novel gets to be very tedious. And I don't know how Helen Schulman might have rewritten this to take out that tediousness. But I found myself relegating this to my 30 minutes of cardio time at the gym because otherwise I wouldn't have spent more than fifteen minutes at one sitting with the novel. And I am a person who can sit for hours and hours with "a good book."
So for point of view and plot and character development, this is a five-star novel.
But it is a boring one to read. Or at least for me. One-star. Hence the three-stars.
Overall the book doesn't work because the writer has no respect for her characters and seems to have put little care into actually writing the story. On a minor note, she doesn't get the name of the Cuban restaurant in Harlem correctly, and her descriptions of Chelsea are terribly outdated.