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The Perfect Marriage | [Kimberla Lawson Roby]

The Perfect Marriage

Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful house in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected...and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs. It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues. They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe....
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Publisher's Summary

Addiction. Deception.

Pretty pictures hide ugly secrets.

The perfect marriage...

Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful house in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected...and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs.

It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues.

They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe....

As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late - or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?

©2013 Kimberla Lawson Roby (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    trazell Tennessee 01-10-13
    trazell Tennessee 01-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Waste of My Money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a different story line. the story dragged on too long about nonsense and never really came together for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    any book not by Kimberla.


    What didn’t you like about Shay Moore’s performance?

    her voice was very monotone.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Perfect Marriage?

    all the scenes about the behind the scenes details of their jobs.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dannielle Nashville, TN, United States 02-17-13
    Dannielle Nashville, TN, United States 02-17-13
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    "Nice Book but kind of typical"
    Would you listen to The Perfect Marriage again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again, there was few things surprising or thrilling about the story line. For the most part I could tell what was going to happen before it happened.

    And for me I always enjoy a good plot that has me gasping with disbelief at some point.


    Would you recommend The Perfect Marriage to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, it was an okay book. but I kind of expected more from this author.


    What about Shay Moore’s performance did you like?

    The narrators performance was pretty good, she had good rhythm and flow. and her voice was not monotone which is always good.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Perfect Marriage and why?

    There really weren't any, all of the characters kind of were equally, there wasn't one that was especially bad or deliciously good.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Lewisville, TX, United States 04-09-13
    Kimberly Lewisville, TX, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This Author Watches Too Much Lifetime/BET"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was not creative at all. Very basic storyline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kimberla Lawson Roby again?

    NEVER.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The different voices she used were distracting and exaggerated, kind of like she was narrating a children's book.


    What character would you cut from The Perfect Marriage?

    There are quite a few of them, where to start...


    Any additional comments?

    Really, don't waste your money on this. It is not a good use of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ARLINGTON, TX, United States 02-10-13
    Amazon Customer ARLINGTON, TX, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Good Story Idea, badly written."
    What disappointed you about The Perfect Marriage?

    Characters to predictable, story line unfocused , Characters boring and uninteresting,


    What could Kimberla Lawson Roby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    characters lives were too simple. There was nothing about them to grab your attention , make you want them to succeed or fail. Just add more substance and not rush the endingPut more though into the ending it was poorly executed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Shay Moore’s performances?

    YES, that was the best part of the story. Great Job Shay Moore.


    What character would you cut from The Perfect Marriage?

    In a better written story line they could all have a place.


    Any additional comments?

    My book Club loves Kimberly books, she is a great author. unfortunately this one was not her best. I look forward to reading her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert New Bern, NC, United States 02-23-13
    Robert New Bern, NC, United States 02-23-13
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    "Good read with a couple of twists"

    I enjoyed the book very much on its own - but I still couldn't help wishing for Rev Curtis Black to make an appearance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catrice United States 02-05-13
    Catrice United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I am never disapointed by anything that Kimberla."
    If you could sum up The Perfect Marriage in three words, what would they be?

    This book kept me going. I went to shock to anger to sorrow, back to anger and shock all over again.. then finally i was relieved.. wonderful book!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Denial. so many folks have these problems but just dont own up to them.


    What about Shay Moore’s performance did you like?

    Shay is wonderful. I think i've heard other books from her! She left nothing to be misunderstood. Love Love Love her!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toni G. Chesapeake, VA 12-23-13
    Toni G. Chesapeake, VA 12-23-13 Member Since 2013

    Lover of books and reading with a newfound appreciation for audiobooks...for a number of reasons!

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    "Solid storyline from one of my fave authors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Perfect Marriage to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I imagine doing so would have allowed my to fill in the blanks regarding what the characters may sound like.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the story was very descriptive about the family and their background, which helped the audience to understand how they became dependent on certain substances. I also liked that this seemed very realistic; I am sure there are many "functioning" addicts in the world who need help.


    Which character – as performed by Shay Moore – was your favorite?

    Denise - mainly because the voice fit her since the narrator is a woman. I think she also did well with Mackenzie and relatively well with Derrek, although it was annoying at times when she tried to deepen her voice to sound like a man. Nonetheless, I liked her reading voice and thought she maintained a good rhythm.


    If you could rename The Perfect Marriage, what would you call it?

    What's Done In the Dark...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yolande Mcvey Dolton, IL USA 12-11-13
    Yolande Mcvey Dolton, IL USA 12-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "All Around Disappointment..."
    What would have made The Perfect Marriage better?

    WRITING: I think that more refined writing skills are missing here; poor character development, less mechanical-more natural dialogue, better story telling, etc.,. Writing is a craft; this "novel" has the painful punch of a juvenile attempt. The sentence structure and word choices are awkward and obtuse. The character dialogue is tedious; unnatural and burdened with minutiae. This author need s a GREAT deal more training.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    None by this author. This was a painful listen; wrought with poorly written material and equally disappointing delivery.


    How could the performance have been better?

    NARRATION: Better verbal acting, more natural character voices and less mechanical delivery; sounds like a random person reading to 1st graders. The poorly written material is degraded even more by poor narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think that the topic was noble but muddled by the author's skill deficits.


    Any additional comments?

    Again - writing is a craft not a project; one needs to have an honest eye and the willingness to resist the urge to publish when the product is not at the right level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila United States 08-23-13
    Sheila United States 08-23-13
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    "Familiar Story Line"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Define characters a little more.


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

    Nothing really.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was ok.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been a little more dramatic. It was just familiar with other stories I have read in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara WICHITA, KANSAS, United States 03-24-13
    Tamara WICHITA, KANSAS, United States 03-24-13
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    "Best one yet"
    Where does The Perfect Marriage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audiobook I've listened to in awhile, and it is the best one I've heard so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the realism of the characters, and the way she brings drug addiction to the light..the seemingly good, and the consequences.


    Which character – as performed by Shay Moore – was your favorite?

    Denise is my favorite character...it disappoints me when she gets hooked on cocaine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not yet, as a child whose parents struggled with addiction, I could relate to the characters, especially the daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that I am able to get all of Kimberla Lawson Roby's books on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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