Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

Written by:
Ann Napolitano
Narrated by:
Maura Tierney

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
258
Narrator
81
Release Date
March 2023
Duration
15 hours 6 minutes
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD! From the author of Dear Edward comes a “powerfully affecting” (People) family story that asks: Can love make a broken person whole?

“Another tender tearjerker . . . Napolitano chronicles life’s highs and lows with aching precision.”—The Washington Post

ONE OF THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Washington Post, Time, Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Post, She Reads, Bookreporter

William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him. With Julia comes her family, as she and her three sisters are inseparable: Sylvie, the family’s dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book; Cecelia is a free-spirited artist; and Emeline patiently takes care of them all. With the Padavanos, William experiences a newfound contentment; every moment in their house is filled with loving chaos.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?

An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women, Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.
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Anonymous

If you like long, depressing books filled with terrible, selfish characters with no redeeming qualities, this is the prefect story for you!

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Lila S.

It a very depressive story the first 60 % of the story very plain , explaining things and until the last part gets interesting. Very gloomy

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Daniela A.

I really wanted to like this book, but OMG this is boring !

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Marisa B.

After a long stretch of starting, but never finishing a book, this was one I was able to finish within a week, and I loved it. A great story that focuses on character development, each with a sense of relatable vulnerability, making it an enjoyable read. I liked that each chapter was told from a different characters point of view (still in 3rd person) on a chronological timeline. Each chapter slightly overlapped or recapped with the previous chapters events, told by a different character. The ability to float around from perspective to perspective, all with one cohesive storyline, made this a book I would definitely recommend.

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Christine S.

If you enjoy family sagas with rich character development and a touch of mystery, "Hello Beautiful" is a worthwhile read. It's a story about enduring love, the burdens we carry, and, ultimately, the healing power of truth. The pacing a bit slow in the middle - 4.5 stars

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Anonymous

Why is it necessary to have a celebrity actor read vs a professional? I’m not sure if I was bored to tears because of the story or the read. A disappointment especially considering how hyped up it has been. The outcome was predictable, none of the characters were overly compelling, and I find it interesting how shallow the character development was given the book length.

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Andrea E.

Warm, and food for thought about family’s and relationships we are not all perfect.

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JodyB

Heart warming!! I really enjoyed it!

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Lola R.

Good story. Worth the listen.

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Stephen H.

I loved this story and the narrator. The author really makes you care about each character and I loved the fact so many characters were deeply developed. This was one of my favourite books of the past 10 years.

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Anonymous

Great books. Maura had an easy voice to listen to.

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Anonymous

For the first hour listening I was waiting for the narrator to elevate her voice. It almost sounded like it was always an introduction of a movie. The story itself was okay; not great, but not bad. It was hard keeping the 2 similar sounding sisters' names straight. And as I am a former pro athlete, and now a parent of athletes, if you are a woman and 6' -plus in height, please at least TRY sports in middle and high school.

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Anonymous

This book has taken a hold of my heart. It will be a long time before I forget about William, Sylvie or Alice. I won’t forget Julia either but for negative reasons. Thanks Ann Napolitano for such a wonderful novel.

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Anonymous

4.5 out of 5. Really enjoyed this story.

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Patti K.

Loved

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Jurgita Ziabkinaite

This book really moved me. Listening to it felt like life. I also enjoyed the narrator very much.

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Anonymous

Human story with deep family themes, Maura Tierney is an excellent narrator

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Susan

Once I started listening I could not stop! I loved it! Loved the ending! Started listening to another of her novels! ❤️

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Anonymous

The book was a bit drawn out. Interesting characters. Thought it was ok.

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Phyllis S.

Fantastic read. It took me awhile to get into the storyline, but once I did I couldn’t put it down.

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Jenny W.

Excellent book, well read also! Loved it!

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Kathy W.

I kept listening, but wanting it over with almost the whole time. . People reading must have had a better experience. So many loved it so I kept going. Moderator added to the boredom.

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Connie P.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The author sure has a very creative mind to come up with these situations that are highly unlikely, but definitely possible. Character development was good. You really knew the people and you were highly invested in the family and I enjoyed the experience.

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Kelley S.

Beautiful storytelling and complex and rich characters. Thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end!

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Elizabeth L.

Wonderful book. Loved the bonds between the sisters. When I dislike narration, I always assume the author had some directorial authority and likes the narration. But I found Maura Tierney extremely flat. (I feel the same about her acting.) If the story had been any less exceptional, I wouldn’t have made it to the end.

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Trent J.

Family is the foundation of our lives. With family everything is possible. Forgiveness, kindness and love frees the soul to enjoy the the wonders of life. If you have ever had a bit of trouble with family then you need this book.

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Claudia G.

really enjoyed the book by

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Eileen D.

Loved the characters!

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Adrienne R.

Slow moving but good.

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Peggy D.

I loved this book! 5 stars all around. Please show my 5-star for book and narrator

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Anonymous

Great story. Wonderful characters. Was excited for Maura Tierney’s narration but was underwhelmed.

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