Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

  • by Amanda Filipacchi
  • Narrated by Christina Delaine
  • 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Meet the Knights of Creation, a group of artistic friends struggling with society's standards of beauty. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, chooses to don a fat suit in hopes that it will help her meet the man of her dreams - a man who can see beyond her looks. Lily, Barb's brilliantly talented, unfortunate-looking musician friend, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the shallow man she loves. Penelope, neither beautiful nor talented, makes her living by selling hideous clay pots after convincing customers they’ve broken them. To complicate matters, the friends discover they may have a murderer in their midst, that Barb's calm disposition is more dangerously provocative than her beauty ever was, and that Lily's musical talents are more powerful than anyone could have imagined.
Imbued with Amanda Filipacchi's characteristic twisted charm and absurdist, satiric wit, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty is touching, whimsical, and gorgeously strange.


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Customer Reviews

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Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful...

...or shallow, or narcissistic, wear a colostomy bag, have boorish faux-intellectual friends, blah, blah, blah...................

This Is The Worst Book I Have EVER Read! It was so bad I had to finish it just to see if it was as bad as it was! Extremely unsympathetic characters, combined with amateurish writing and a convoluted storyline, made for agonizing, torturous reading.

The author stole/combined plots from Cinderella, Cyrano De Bergerac, Phantom of the Opera, Terminator 2, any Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch novel, Frozen, et al, and kludged together something best used as a script for a very bad Lifetime For Woman movie.

I found myself wanting to stab the lead character in the throat with a chard of glass (You'll get the reference if you read this book...WHICH I DON"T RECOMMEND)

As I was reading, I thought maybe the author was trying for the absurd...the tongue and cheek... but, no, she was serious. I won't get into the main premise of the book, because other reviewers have done so, other than to say the commentary is faulty, banal, and hypocritical.

My fellow Audiblers, this book was so bad that I am not even going to try and get my credit back. I am willing to take the hit...to sacrifice my own hard earned dollars...just to warn you all to save your credit! That is just how giving, loving, beautiful, self-sacrificing, and wonderful I am.... (another nod to the book...LOL)

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- Rose

Shockingly bad - I could not finish

I was hoping for an engaging romp based on the book description, but what I got was so insipid and poorly written that I finally had to shut it off and delete it. An idiotic and unbelievable plot line coupled with characters so shallow and odious that it was near torture to continue listening. This author must have had some very bad experiences with men for her to write this kind of dreck. Ugh!
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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books