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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Tucker Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781423348870
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Matthew and Amelia were once in love and planning to raise a family together, but a decade later, they have become professional enemies. To Amelia, who has dedicated her life to medical ethics, Matthew’s job as a high-powered pharmaceutical executive has turned him into a heartless person who doesn’t care about anything but money. Now they’re kept in balance only by Matthew’s best and oldest friend, Ben, a rising science superstar - and Amelia’s new boyfriend. That balance begins to crumble one night when, coming home to his upscale Philadelphia loft, Matthew finds himself on a desolate bridge face-to-face with a boy screaming for help. Homeless for most of his life, ten-year-old Danny is as streetwise as he is world-weary, and his desperation to save his three-year-old sister means he will do whatever it takes to get Matthew’s help. What follows is an escalating game of one-upmanship between Matthew, Amelia, and Danny, as all three players struggle to defend what is most important to them - and are ultimately forced to reconsider what they truly want. Dazzlingly written with a riveting story that will resonate with listeners everywhere, Lisa Tucker’s The Cure for Modern Life is a smart, humorous, big-hearted novel about what it means in the twenty-first century to be responsible, to care about other people, and to do the right thing. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 2/20/2014

    " It's a heartwarming story that cheers you up when you lose hope at humanity. I love Matthew even if he seemed like a jerk at times. Deep down inside he's actually a really nice guy and it shows when he's with Isabelle (my favourite character). Although I found Amelia annoyingly self-righteous in the beginning, she grew on me by the middle of the book. The only part that annoyed me a little was how Ben always relied on Matthew to clear up his mess though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina | 2/16/2014

    " A fast, easy vacation read. The characters are compelling enough, there's a good amount of time lapse. I didn't love the author's choice in what to spell out for you and what to make you assume. It was like when she did one, I wanted the other and vice versa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 2/5/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Great characters you both love and loathe. Subtly gives you things to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 1/23/2014

    " Liked it so much, I even found other books by her to read ... that says alot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Jenkins | 1/23/2014

    " Matthew is an eccentric man that only cares about getting paid and trying to get over his ex Ameiia. As a pharmaceutical executive, his plate is full of deadlines to meet and trying to satisfies the people he worked for. He gets more than what he bargained for, when he sees two homeless kids on the street, against his better judgment, he takes them in his home to reside. Danny is a ten year old boy that is very attached to his mentally unstable three year old sister and his drug addict mother. He threaten Matthew with his reputation and soon he is force to care of him and his sister. In addition Amelia is a writer that is dating Ben, a close friend of Matthew who is too preoccupied with his work as s scientist to commit to anything serious. Things get more complicated when Matthew deceives Amelia into thinking that he has "kids" and Ben trying to make time for Amelia, but still managing to confide in his best friend. This is an outstanding novel about love & friendship, and the every day choices we make everyday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/22/2014

    " A very intriguing book ... fast paced too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting topics (drug abuse, pharmaceutical companies, relationships, medicine, etc.), but I only liked it enough to give it three stars. The ending was particularly bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tobi | 1/19/2014

    " Predictable twist and ending but a nice read anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/18/2014

    " I liked this. It was interesting, complicated, and I think I like the ending. I would, of course, like more of a complete conclusion, but I'll just draw my happy conclustions and feel good about it all. I think I'll truly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed her book, "once upon a day" and so i had to read this one. I learned a lot about the pharmaceutical companies, and marketing practices. It made me laugh, and want to bonk people on the head. I like the book, but I'm still not sure about the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virna | 1/7/2014

    " This is a great book club read. It deals with some provocative topics like morality, ethics and fate. The writing is OK, but the themes are what make this novel such a compelling read. It really makes you think about right and wrong, how we judge others and how people can evolve. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxy Rockstar | 1/1/2014

    " A very quick read. Was okay. Expected and wanted a little more insight into the characters and the plot was a little flat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/9/2013

    " The beginning grabbed me, but I found myself finishing it just to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 8/29/2013

    " great book - interesting characters and fast read (when you have time) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Jenkins | 7/19/2013

    " I should've learned when I didn't really care for the last Lisa Tucker book b/c I didn't really like this one either. Language was a bit unnecessarily rough & the story was just a little bit too far-fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 6/28/2013

    " I did enjoy the ethical questions that this book raised, but could have really done without some of the language. It was enjoyable and relatively quick read, though some of the circumstances and people's motives were a little too "easily wrapped up" with a bow at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/18/2012

    " I'll post a review at another time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 9/22/2012

    " Interesting analysis of what an ethical life looks like, and what really matters in the final accounting. Readers struggling to balance work and home/family life will appreciate the honest take on the conflicts that inevitably arise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Coleman | 8/22/2012

    " I agree with many of the other reviewers here who had trouble with the characters. Really, none of them were in the least bit sympathetic. Definitely struggled to get through this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 7/25/2012

    " Predictable, and I didn't really care about the adult characters, but 10-year-old Danny was charming and 3-year-old Isabelle was adorable without being too cutesie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendra | 7/2/2012

    " Lots of people told me this was a good book. I don't know. I just couldn't get into it. Didn't connect with the characters couldn't concentrate on the story./...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam Gates | 5/26/2012

    " A nice story. A little far-fetched. It is a feel good book, and I felt better for reading it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/2/2012

    " Entertaining, easy read. Hated the ending. I turned the page and looked for the next chapter, but it was over. Felt a little cheated at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/25/2011

    " Hard to really connect with most of the characters; it was a real disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrys | 11/7/2011

    " Intersesting, sometimes im bored reading the 'business' talks "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shari | 7/26/2011

    " we had an animated discussion about this book at bookclub but I did not enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/7/2011

    " It's hard to like a book a lot when you can't stand any of the characters. But it was an interesting story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2011

    " I said I'd forget about it in a few days. Dreck. And I did forget!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennb33 | 1/21/2011

    " I listened to this book in my car, and it was fairly good although the narrator's voice bugged me after a while. The story's ending was very unsatisfying, but after 9 disks it had to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 1/19/2011

    " Liked it so much, I even found other books by her to read ... that says alot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/23/2010

    " Intriguing....all over the place, but kept me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/20/2010

    " Interesting. Pharmaceutical exec who may be less evil that his brilliant friend the research doctor. I thought the story would focus more on the child, Danny. May try one of her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 9/10/2010

    " A nice story. A little far-fetched. It is a feel good book, and I felt better for reading it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanae | 8/19/2010

    " This truely not a self help book thank GOD. This is a touching story of humanity and ethics. How ethic influence the choices we make in our existance and our life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/4/2010

    " She is becoming a favorite author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shari | 5/18/2010

    " we had an animated discussion about this book at bookclub but I did not enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/9/2010

    " Interesting analysis of what an ethical life looks like, and what really matters in the final accounting. Readers struggling to balance work and home/family life will appreciate the honest take on the conflicts that inevitably arise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 4/26/2010

    " It's all about values and perspectives. Amelia gets some much needed perspective after years of knowing Matt and judging him for having a lucrative job at a big pharma co. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa TuckerLisa Tucker is the author of The Song Reader and Shout Down the Moon; she has also published short work in Seventeen, Pages, and The Oxford American. She has advanced degrees in English and math, and has taught creative writing at the Taos Conference and UCLA. Lisa lives in Pennsylvania and New Mexico with her husband and son.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.