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  • Listen to the Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: John Jay Osborn
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157


Gretchen and Steve have been married for a long time. Living in San Francisco, recently separated, with two children and demanding jobs, they’ve started going to a marriage counselor. Unfolding over the course of 10 months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselor’s office, John Jay Osborn’s Listen to the Marriage is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely real.

  • By Brian D Adams on 10-26-18

Tedious. Boring. Painful.

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Reviewed: 10-31-18

I had to quit listening to this book for so many reasons.

1) The man cheated all over the place. He neglects his wife and his kids. He’s an egotistical ass. This woman has the chance to finally be free is his childish antics and instead she spends months in therapy. She suffers because jerky husband decides he’s finally going to change. FINALLY. I AM SO TIRED OF THIS STORY. The only god part was when the therapist convinces him to give her the check.

2) Where is the wife and therapists utter outrage that this guy sold their multi-million dollar home and used that money to buy a partnership in his law firm — without consulting her first? So instead this poor woman thinks she is only entitled to half of the leftover $200,000??? Seriously? Where is the outrage?

2) I happen to live about 50 feet from the Ross border. Who is the author kidding? $200,000 leftover from the sale of a house? How much does a partnership at a law firm cost? There is not a single house in that obnoxiously ostentatious town that costs less than $5,000,000. More like $10 million.

3) This is couple is the exact kind of entitled obnoxious people I try to avoid Marin and San Francisco. So many cliches here. Of course the wife is super beautiful. Of course. So simple. So cliche.

4) The part about the kids does matter and but this book is painful.

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