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A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jen Waite

Narrated By: Jen Waite

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: July 2017

Duration: 6 hours 41 minutes


“Like Big Little Lies, A Beautiful Terrible Thing is a startling reminder that fairy tales aren’t real. A master class in suspenseful storytelling, Jen Waite recounts the lies, betrayals, and infidelity she endured with unrestrained honesty and deft candor. I couldn’t turn away.”
—Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Everything You Ever Wanted

What do you do when you discover that the person you've built your life around never existed? When "it could never happen to me" does happen to you?

These are the questions facing Jen Waite when she begins to realize that her loving husband—the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life—fits the textbook definition of psychopath. In a raw, first-person account, Waite recounts each heartbreaking discovery, every life-destroying lie, and reveals what happens once the dust finally settles on her demolished marriage.

After a disturbing email sparks Waite's suspicion that her husband is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth and rebuild trust in her marriage. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment from the last five years that isn't part of the long-con of lies and manipulation. With a dual-timeline narrative structure, we see Waite's romance bud, bloom, and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting.


  • Dorthe B

    loved this book :)

  • jon s

    um good book, compelling but very whiny. The author had a rough road to hoe for sure but how many times did she say, I can't do this? She had the complete, unwavering support of her family, including financial support. When I think of the millions of women who are single mothers with zero support at all, Jen Waite comes off as a ungrateful, complaining and waspy. The book is interesting but i wished she took more of a glass half full perspective. This is the first review I've ever written and i really want to support women and their accomplishments so I am sorry her pessimistic attitude was the most memorable thing about the book.

  • Paula H

    Really enjoyed this book and the author's narration!


    This is a great book very compelling! I recommend it!

  • Chamini D

    Such a beautiful book and a good message, enjoyed listening to it a lot.

  • Lois B

    I really enjoyed this book but was very sad not to hear what happened with the cheating SOB. I really think She would not have made it thru this if not for her family which she was really lucky to have! Also the author has an excellent narrator voice.