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From the paper reviews of this book, I expected something much better. It was an ordinary story of an upper middle class family's stressful experience and its consequences. The writing was unexceptional and narration was about the same. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, although if you were stuck listening to it, for some reason, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
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Would you try another book from Helen Schulman and/or Hillary Huber?
The narrator is superb and the story is compelling--but then it stops short. Right when things become interesting and complicated, the author employs a cheap narrative trick and the novel just ends. This results in it feeling like a short story (written by a writer with a deadline) instead of a rich novel. I was really dissapointed as the story was just fantastic and the characters layered.
Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Schulman again?
Was This Beautiful Life worth the listening time?
Yes, but it stopped short.
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