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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
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    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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    Alison 05-19-17
    Alison 05-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A funny look at middle age sex and marriage"
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    A great and fresh premise for a novel: a married couple tries an open marriage for six months. At times laugh-out-loud funny with quirky, likable characters who have depth and a plot that's something new. A great, entertaining read.

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    Teresa 05-16-17
    Teresa 05-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!"

    Very interesting story and fun concept. I breezed through the story and the narration was spot on! However the editing was pretty poor. I listen to a ton of Auto books and I have never heard so many missed edits throughout the a book. You constantly hear the Narrator repeating sentences with different "takes," at first I thought something was wrong with the file but then I realized it just wasn't edited out. It wasn't enough to distract from the entertainment of the story but it did get a bit amusing to hear it happening so much!

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    Lisa Mary Naugatuck, CT 05-07-17
    Lisa Mary Naugatuck, CT 05-07-17 Member Since 2013

    Bookworm became Mommy, Mommy found Audible!!!! Life is good!

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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    My favorite narrator, Ellen Archer, kills it once again with this very entertaining and addicting story of a married couple looking to add some juicy elements to their sex lives. Naturally they don't get what the bargained for, and neither does the reader. The Arrangement is unexpected, clever, irreverent, and fun! I highly recommend this audio book. Ellen Archer always delivers a top notch performance. 5 stars all around.

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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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    Amazon Customer 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not entice the reader."

    While the subject was intriguing at first the excitement and anticipation just wasn't there. The story line moves slow. I just never found myself wanting to get back to listening.

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    O. Fernandez 04-26-17

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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.

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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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