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The Arrangement Audiobook

The Arrangement: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage - what could possibly go wrong?

Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a 200-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's hot lunch, dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood".

When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though - the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible - that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily ever after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy -real life or the experiment?

©2017 Sarah Dunn (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Dunn (The Big Love) again plumbs the messiness and fallibility of romantic relationships....with hilarious results." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Liz Grow 04-07-17
    Liz Grow 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great read"

    hilarious and thought provoking. I need more Sarah Dunn in my life! you won't be able to put this book down

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    Simone 04-11-17
    Simone 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wyatt drove me insane"

    Book had an interesting premise, it left a few holes. But interesting. Couldn't stand the Wyatt voice, or anything about him.

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    Alison 04-08-17
    Alison 04-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "entertaining"

    I listen to audiobooks on my commute and I liked this one enough so keep listening at home. The one complaint is that the repetition of the word "said" was extremely distracting during dialogue.

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    O. Fernandez 04-26-17 Member Since 2017

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    "OK story, great performance, bad editing"
    What did you like best about The Arrangement? What did you like least?

    Ellen Archer's performance was great - she was able to highlight the differences between the characters with her range even though must of the characters were inherently unlikeable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The premise is interesting. But the author went about it in the most expected way. You listen to novels to gain insight, but I didn't really learn anything from this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None, really.


    Was The Arrangement worth the listening time?

    Not really. I would pass on this book. I'm only halfway through and felt compelled to write a review to save readers their time. The editing job was rushed and there seemed to be no one to check it at the end. Various phrases were repeated throughout the novel that made it distracting and took you out of the story. The characters are predictable and, for the most part, unlikeable. Some of the twists and turns seemed to be dropped in for shock value rather than for actual story telling. It maybe could have worked with the right back story, but it lacked that.

    Additionally, some of the character reactions are unrealistic. There are parts where Lucy is with her lover and he tells a joke and she doesn't laugh - just continues on her tangent. Yet she feels like she's in love? It didn't feel like the characters were developed properly.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll continue to listen since I've already paid for it, but don't really have high hopes for the remainder of the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "About sex/relationships but manages to avoid sex"

    Interesting theoretical premise but as the theme develops and sex becomes an issue, the sexual part of the narrative is glossed over in a sentence or two
    It was weird It was as if the author had a very big hang up about sex even when it was a logical and intimate part of the story

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    Lindsay 04-17-17
    Lindsay 04-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love love loved it!! I couldn't stop listening."

    Truly a captivating story. Addictive. Hilarious. A work of art. Anyone & everyone will love this book.

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    Kristy Kemp 04-06-17
    Kristy Kemp 04-06-17 Member Since 2016

    Addicted to audio books. Psychological thrillers are my favorite. Audibles fan for life!

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    "Kept me interested from beginning to end!"

    Wow! This was entertaining, dramatic, not many twists , but still kept me enthralled wondering how Owen and Lucy would end up! It's an eye opener for sure ! Cannot wait to read more of her books!

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    henry 04-02-17
    henry 04-02-17 Member Since 2010
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    "many glitches/repeats"

    the story was okay. makes a person think. the narrator was decent. the editing, however, must ha e been rushed.

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    Cynthia MIAMI BEACH, FL, United States 03-31-17
    Cynthia MIAMI BEACH, FL, United States 03-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Interesting Read."
    Would you listen to The Arrangement again? Why?

    Yes, the story and the narrator were excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending. No spoilers :)


    Have you listened to any of Ellen Archer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from The Arrangement out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sunny Bang. She is hilarious!


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    Lulu 03-31-17
    Lulu 03-31-17
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    "Unrealistic and immoral"
    Would you try another book from Sarah Dunn and/or Ellen Archer?

    I felt insulted that I had paid to listen to this, Nobody in their right mind and with any morals whatsoever would even consider these situations. NO, I WILL NOT EVER READ OR LISTEN TO ANOTHER BOOK BY SARAH DUNN AND/OR ELLEN ARCHER! And no, I am not a prudish person! Just a normal one who enjoys a REAL novel!







    What was most disappointing about Sarah Dunn’s story?

    The whole thing


    How could the performance have been better?

    Doubtably


    Did The Arrangement inspire you to do anything?

    Cancel the Amazon audible account


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of time

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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