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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lionel Shriver Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Shep Knacker has long saved for The Afterlife : an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with talking, thinking, seeing, and being and enough sleep. When he sells his business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet his wife Glynis has concocted endless excuses why it's never the right time to go. Weary of working as a peon for the jerk who bought his company, Shep announces he's leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her.

Just returned from a doctor's appointment, Glynis has some news of her own: Shep can't go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. But their policy only partially covers the staggering bills for her treatments, and Shep's nest egg for The Afterlife soon cracks under the strain.

So Much for That follows the profound transformation of a marriage, and Shriver delivers a compelling novel that presses the question: How much is one life worth?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Hemming | 2/15/2014

    " I found it dragged a little in the middle, but really picked up after that to become a funny, thought provoking meditation not just on dying from cancer but the iniquities of ageing, how easy it is to be 'nice' instead of (rather than as well as) honest, & how doing the 'right' thing doesn't necessarily bring its own reward. I really fear that the NHS will be dismantled and replaced by something far worse. We must resist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 2/13/2014

    " There were aspects of this book that were too predictable, but really liked how it got you to think about different aspects of the U.S. Medical System. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Russie Judkins | 2/11/2014

    " The writing was kind of dry. It was however, a lovely story and I really like the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sinead Fitzgibbon | 2/5/2014

    " ick! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book! It was an unflinching, smart, and satisfying, study of illness, love, the complicated nature of caregiving, and the American healthcare system. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryane Straus | 1/13/2014

    " Preaching to the choir is still preaching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lida | 1/6/2014

    " I am surprised that I finished this book, since it often got very tedious. Excellent writing, but again disturbing subjects, with graphic detail of illnesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 12/28/2013

    " Well another rather grim subject but not so grim as the Kevin one and i found it a very enjoyable and intriguing read. Well researched too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 VeganMedusa | 12/23/2013

    " Reminded me a lot of The Corrections. Generally unlikeable characters, and a health crisis. Loved Flicka, being her grumpy self instead of an angelic sick kid. And Glynis taking the opportunity of cancer to be a total bitch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Kane | 10/14/2013

    " I couldn't put this down - I loved it. I am so angry at how we're treated in this country in terms of health care, education, our civil and human rights, how we treat the elderly. And this fantastic novel touches on it all. Including a very satisfying fantasy-like conclusion - "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/14/2013

    " Felt too much like the author was lecturing me about the US healthcare system. Thought-provoking, but more in concept than by virtue of the story/characters themselves. Overall, a disappointment after reading We Need to Talk About Kevin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney Burns | 6/12/2013

    " A generally important story on death and medical care that totally lost me with its unlikable characters and its preachiness--really not the best way to craft an argument (even one I agree with). Also a bit too much swearing and sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Lunsford | 4/7/2013

    " big words (and lots of them) meant I had to take longer than I like getting thru this, but an honest story with an author unafraid to lace lots of political commentary into the characters voices. i'll read her again ... she has a more well known book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 6/29/2012

    " I thought this was a slog when I first started it but the characters really grow and grew on me. This is a thoughtful book with memorable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Macaluso | 1/22/2012

    " Took awhile to get into this book, but about half way through, I found that I had a hard time putting my Nook down! Became emotionally involved with all of the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/17/2011

    " Heavy subject matter and meaty characters, at times too clever, but sometimes moving. A bit too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/17/2011

    " Superb book about death, life & hope, done with a light touch of humour. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H.M. | 5/9/2011

    " I'm a big fan of Lionel's novel "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and even though I liked the premise of "So Much for That" and it had some good twists, there was excessive character analysis and reflection. A good read and a good debate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 5/6/2011

    " Very depressing but difficult to put aside. While most of it was realistic and lifelike, the ending was more like a fairy tale. Kind of like some movies where everyone goes to the beach and lives happily ever after. Or some do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/28/2011

    " A wife with cancer, uncooperative family members, job dissatisfaction, and seeing his retirement savings vanish in the economic crisis are just a few of the things Shepherd Knacker has to deal with. Will he realize his dream of escaping to a tropical island? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 4/21/2011

    " I thought the characters all spoke the truth, each from his or her point of view. I have rarely read a novel so piquant and poignant and so true. It gives one pause. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reagan | 4/20/2011

    " Really great read about death, dreams, family and friendship. Makes you think about the state of the health care systems all over the world. "

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About the Author
Author Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.