Beautiful Things: A Memoir Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times Best Seller
“I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” Hunter Biden writes in this deeply moving and “unflinchingly honest” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.
When he was two years old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister. In 2015, he suffered the devastating loss of his beloved big brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of 46. These hardships were compounded by the collapse of his marriage and a years-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.
In Beautiful Things - “an astonishingly candid and brave book about loss, human frailty, wayward souls, and hard-fought redemption” (Dave Eggers, New York Times best-selling author) - Hunter recounts his descent into substance abuse and his tortuous path to sobriety. The story ends with where Hunter is today - a sober married man with a new baby, finally able to appreciate the beautiful things in life.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 34 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 06, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #12,353 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#44 in Addiction & Recovery (Audible Books & Originals)
#96 in Biographies of Politicians
#122 in Substance Abuse Recovery
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The book is written from the heart and the reader feels the author's pain throughout the chapters. Starting with Beau and the effect his death had on you, it delves deeply into the mind of a functional addict. What a journey to go on...and for such a lengthy time...Rehab after rehab and presumed recovery only to enter rehab again.
Lots of topics are covered including the following:
Life at the Biden's house from early years to HS graduation and after; life with Beau, your beloved brother, the trials and tribulations of being a crack addict; the multiple trips in and out of rehab; your involvement with Burisma, many details about your education and professional life. and your eventual recovery.
There are also omissions that could have been written for a more complete memoir. Some of the items are
The purpose of the flights you took on AF 2 when your Dad was VP Biden., your laptop, what position you held as an Officer n the US Navy? The book states you were in the Reserves and received an Administrative Discharge So unusual for an officer to be discharged for drug usage. (In my 20 + years of USN service, I never heard of an Officer being discharged for drugs..)
I didn't expect to see any information about other allegations such as taxes and any other other influences as US Attorney, John Durham CT, and US Attorney General, David Weiss, Delaware, are still investigating.
Concerning the deaths of family members and the grief that it causes individuals, Paul comes to mind and the One he followed said this and is a paraphrase ....We will have hard times in this world for without them we will not grow or develop perseverance...I do believer that all of us have truly difficult times in our lives and it is how we handle them that makes or breaks us...(In my own life, I have lost two siblings at early ages from alcohol addiction...One from suicide and the other from cirrhosis). My personal belief is that the death of a loved one does not cause addiction as there are other underlying issues involved but addiction can lead to loss of life.
This must have been a cathartic journey for Mr. Biden to write his memoir. And, am in hopes that it helps in his ongoing recovery efforts.
Well written and highly recommended.
By Hillary on April 6, 2021
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It’s raw. It’s real. Well written. Could not put it down.
The Biden family story of tragedies and strength comes out