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“I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love”, Hunter Biden writes in this deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.

When he was two years old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister. In 2015, he suffered the devastating loss of his beloved big brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of 46. These hardships were compounded by the collapse of his marriage and a years-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction. 

In Beautiful Things, Hunter recounts his descent into substance abuse and his tortuous path to sobriety. The story ends with where Hunter is today - a sober married man with a new baby, finally able to appreciate the beautiful things in life.

©2021 Hunter Biden. Photograph courtesy of Joe Biden. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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breathtaking

What an extraordinary story. It's a riveting from beginning to end. Hunter Biden is a highly educated, highly accomplished individual from a famous and accomplished family. The juxtaposition of this background with his dramatic decension into alcohol and drug addiction is breathtaking but it is his ability to tell the story with such passion and artistic nuance that truly makes this story so compelling. He has the ability to describe a mundane happening in a way that makes it sound like the script from a Hollywood Hit movie, but at the same time his heartbreaking honesty and total candidness provides an intimate and raw look into the dark lurid reality of Crack addiction. The message you are left with is that love and connection is the most important and healing thing in life, and that without it we are all doomed. Addiction is an illness, not an act of criminality. It is most often a reaction or consequence of either trauma or mental illness. As a society we need to accept this and begin to help each other heal.

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Heartfelt, honest, heartbreaking and hopeful...

This is a story of loss, pain and personal recovery. Hunter Biden is a work in progress, and this book is a generous insight into his life and experience with trauma, addiction and unfailing love. It’s not a how-to, nor is it necessarily a cautionary tale; instead it’s an honest retelling of the pain of loss, the reality of drug and alcohol addiction, and how the constant and loving devotion of family can light even the darkest of ways.

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great book

I truly enjoyed this book it was so heartfelt and honest which is rare today especially someone who is in the limelight as much as he is it is a book that will stay with me forever it is definitely worth the read

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  • 2021-04-12

Very Very Sad

It was a hard listen, it's a very sad story, but it fills in a lot of information on the Bidens

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  • Alison
  • 2021-04-06

So painfully raw it was almost hard to listen to

I wasn't expecting Hunter Biden to be so open at just how ugly his addiction was. Not a very flattering picture many times, (he didn't try to make excuses at all). Good job on narration as well, not all authors are good narrators (and I mention this because bad narration can ruin the story).

Lots of negative reviews on Amazon from people who haven't read the book and just want to spout their political opinions. I found the book almost uncomfortably raw at times. The love and support Hunter had from his family was touching, yet it wasn't enough to help him overcome.

Also a real eye opener to just how addicting crack cocaine can be. Helped me to understand why some remain addicted even when it's costing them everything dear to them.

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  • M. Graham
  • 2021-04-07

Recovery is a journey, not a destination

It took a lot of courage for the author to share his journey. Anyone in recovery knows we all find our recovery in different ways and at different times. It is almost impossible to pin down why it happens: genetics, life trauma, etc. All that matters is that for about 1 person in 10 it DOES happen. Once the monkey is on a person's back it's difficult to dislodge. The "drunk-a-log" or "drug-a-log" is one often heard in rehab centers and 12-step meetings. I'm a bit amazed he survived his addiction because of the extreme depths to which it took him. However, his sharing of experience, strength, and hope is what turns this into a beacon instead of a downer.

It was also nice to take a look into a loving, supportive family. Far too many people who struggle with addiction are utterly abandoned by their families. That part was meaningful. That alone is a benefit to families who have members who struggle with addiction. It's fine to "hate the addiction", but separate the problem from the person.

Worth the read.

Wishing the author many years of recovery and a brilliant future.

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  • Elise F
  • 2021-04-07

All around winner

I smiled and cried throughout and listened in one day. I bought the book out of idle curiosity expecting to have all
of the salacious tabloid gossip debunked. Instead I listened to a heartfelt story of love and redemption. The Biden story is heartbreaking but the love this family has for each other has allowed them to overcome tragedy and celebrate life.

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  • Meghan
  • 2021-04-09

Beautifully honest

What a deeply, brutal honest book. This book was really good. Keep in mind bad reviews are most likely based on a dislike of Joe Biden and politics - not the actual book. Really a great book and great audio version

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  • Dr. Bill- Northern NJ-USA
  • 2021-04-08

RAW AND EMOTIONAL

The love that exists in the Biden family is totally unconditional-the truth sets us all free!
All Americans (Republicans and Democrats) have family, friends and neighbors who possess these demons- President Biden and his immediate family have shown us that love, devotion and faith can help us overcome our adversities- let’s pray that Hunter and his family defy the odds- Amen!

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  • Deborah J Lium
  • 2021-04-08

Beautiful, Raw, Heart-wrenching

The amount of love in that family is amazing. As someone in recovery some of this was so hard to hear, but I'm glad I continued. It's astounding Hunter is still around, there must be a greater purpose for him, and this book is a start. I hope it reaches people who need to hear it. I wish Hunter all the best. He deserves it, and given the beautiful letter to Beau in the epilogue, it seems he may finally believe it himself.

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  • 2021-04-09

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Hunter Biden pulls no punches. I wish him and his family nothing but the very best life full of beautiful things.

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  • Mands
  • 2021-04-09

Revealing, raw, exceptionally well written

I listened to this book in one day. Not a book about politics, or hate, but a story that highlights the power of love and perseverance. Hunter is brutally honest as he walks you through his painful struggles, without being the victim . The haters either didn't listen to the book, or have a personal, political agenda. I recommend this book.

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  • Melony
  • 2021-04-08

Loved it

This was such a great book! Made me cry a few times. I hope Hunter remains on this journey.

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  • Manny
  • 2021-04-12

Hunter Shows Immense Power and Soul

Dear Beau,

Hunter admits freely that he’s an addict but we found out through his masterful telling of his story that he’s a good man, one who has truly ‘come from behind in the middle of the eighth’ as only a Biden can do. He’s written a memoir that inspires sheer awe in its description and analysis of addiction from inside that addiction! Sure he had help - as we all must - but he DID it: beat the addiction (an admitted work in progress), got the girl - even trashed that loser, Trump, in the process. AND he created a brilliant, literate, compelling travelogue of his trip to the darkest places of his soul. It’s impossible to put down and impossible to stop thinking about afterward. I came away with happy tears for Hunter who, through this touching and revealing book, feels like a new best friend - and supremely thankful that our new President is one of the most decent, deep, understanding - and loving - people to ever inhabit the Oval Office at a time when we so desperately need him. And we love and miss you, Beau buddy - you’d be SO PROUD of your baby bro for his amazing memoir! He has struggled and overcome and can now take his place with head held high standing with his valiant brother and destined father. Yep - he’s a Biden and it doesn’t get any better than that.

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