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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,460 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay McInerney Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780739325315
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In The Good Life, Jay McInerney unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in his most powerfully searing work thus far.Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site.Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see–through personal, social, and moral complexity–more clearly into the heart of things.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elana Leoni | 2/16/2014

    " Good book. It takes a sort of Tom Stoppard twist on 911.911 is merely a background event that affects all of the characters but its not the basis of the book. It's a real book with a real ending. Makes me doubt the idea of marriage even more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Romansky | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book over the weekend. It was about a bunch of NYC married people who cheat on each other after the 9/11 events. I kind of found it boring and had no sympathy for any of them. IT was sorta slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 2/9/2014

    " One of my favorite authors. Sad topic though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Beckwith | 1/23/2014

    " More successful Manhattanites with troubled lives, this time with added extra 9/11. Jay McInerney's one of the few novelists I read, mainly because the writing's so sharp, and The Good Life didn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/19/2014

    " This was the right time, and I am precisely the right age, to read this book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/15/2014

    " An amazing novel. Nothing more, nothing less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 1/14/2014

    " Good read...but the ending felt false. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna Young | 1/14/2014

    " A love story begins around 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/3/2014

    " Well written. A Good Read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Lufkin | 12/10/2013

    " Enjoyed this book and was satisfied with the way it ended. Definitely brought back memories of 911. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 melissa bolton | 11/22/2013

    " What went wrong Jay? oh, I know, you just had to try and tackle 9/11. Let's put a moratorium on the Twin Towers, shall we? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 km | 11/13/2013

    " this is SO terrible. i only read this because i was stuck on a 10-hour flight and didn't have anything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/12/2013

    " tragic story of how 911 impacted relationships, childhood, marriage and business of 4 couples in NYC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 3/21/2013

    " A+ Continuing with the characters from Brightness Falls, this post-9/11 novel is filled with sadness, romance, failed marriages, falling buildings, and beautiful prose. The last two pages of this book are phenomenal. Impossible to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 3/15/2013

    " Normally, I like Jay McInerney but this was painful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Koz | 10/13/2012

    " Ugh. Boring and drawn out. The 9/11 stuff seems loosely connected, and I didn't anticipate the book turning into a big romance novel. It got a little Sparks-ish. But dirtier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 7/9/2012

    " Two wealthy married people unhappy with their relationships fall in love while volunteering after 9/11/01. Very well written, very gossipy. Filled with name dropping, but reads like a dirty pleasure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilana | 6/21/2012

    " predictable and cliche. a bad version of a tom wolffe novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 5/8/2012

    " This was a very good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 3/15/2012

    " This book, while exploring the emotionally charged time of 9/11, failed to find any nobility or goodness in humanity. I read it while living in Italy, hoping to be reunited with my NYC, but instead was dissapointed in the characters and the general tone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Shields-Szostak | 12/23/2011

    " 1st edition, signed & inscribed by author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Smith | 8/20/2011

    " am currently reading this one, almost done, I do like it but it is rather depressing, post 911 stuff, I mean immediately post 911, am listening to it on cd "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jgabrielli | 8/11/2011

    " This is a book set in post 9/11 New York - but is not all about 9/11, but rather the interpersonal connections of a few people after this event. 9/11 is the backdrop, not the focal point and the story is poignant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 8/5/2011

    " McInerney is an adept writer but the plot falls flat....You don't really care about any of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Boylan | 6/16/2011

    " An amazing New York story. It's my favorite of Jay McInerney's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/19/2011

    " Loved it. Great tale of post 9-11 NYC. Inspired my own writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pcon | 3/18/2011

    " A solid read but nothing special. The characters seemed very formulaic and the supporting characters should have had more of a voice. I feel the author fell short with what was a good idea and a promising beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 1/4/2011

    " This was a very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrin | 12/27/2010

    " Interesting follow-up to Brightness Falls (although it's not necessary to have read that book to enjoy this one). The book shows the connections made between people in Manhattan in the months following the 9/11 tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/21/2010

    " More successful Manhattanites with troubled lives, this time with added extra 9/11. Jay McInerney's one of the few novelists I read, mainly because the writing's so sharp, and The Good Life didn't disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilana | 12/15/2010

    " predictable and cliche. a bad version of a tom wolffe novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/13/2010

    " This was the right time, and I am precisely the right age, to read this book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gloriagloom | 11/18/2010

    " ma cosa è successo a McInerney? lo hanno rapito gli ufo e sostituito con un borsista di un corso di scrittura creativa? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/13/2010

    " tragic story of how 911 impacted relationships, childhood, marriage and business of 4 couples in NYC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeroen | 11/10/2010

    " I really, really loved this book. A far cry from Bright Lights, Big City in writing style, this is a warm and moving story against the backdrop of 9/11. Together with The Emperor's Children, this is the best novel that came in the post-9/11 flow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 10/26/2010

    " Once again McInerney shows he is a master at conveying mixed emotions among complex characters. You can see where this one is going but the ending is realistic and satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/25/2010

    " An amazing novel. Nothing more, nothing less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sophia | 10/4/2010

    " It was okay, no engaging plot that propels the story forward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayuri | 9/1/2010

    " the beginning of this book is a FIVE. but it somehow loses its momentum and the characters take on too much towards the end...but worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 8/28/2010

    " Normally, I like Jay McInerney but this was painful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 8/17/2010

    " Much better than I anticipated; one of the first post 9-11 novels, and quite indelible. Very moving. "

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