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A riveting drama of marital therapy.  

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.   

A searing look at the obstacles we put in our own way, as well as the forces that drive us apart (and those that bring us together), Listen to the Marriage is a poignant exploration of marriage - heartbreaking and tender.

©2018 John Jay Osborn (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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WTF?

Weird ass book that sounds like it was written by someone in Jr. High. It was on Audible’s recommendation list and I have no idea why. Narrator was good, story was awful. Don’t waste your time.

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Tedious. Boring. Painful.

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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Extremely real.

I feel like It is my wife and I. Except no one has cheated to my knowledge. The struggles, A conversation, the way they interact. It makes you look at your marriage in a different way. Thank you John.

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Saccharine mind-reading

The writer has gone through a successful couple therapy which last many years.

So he wrote this book about a similar but fictitious and much briefer experience. The green chair in the cover
represents the "abstract relationship entity", the third patient, the one we are trying to save (not our individual egos...ohhhh).

It's the typical story of a married couple with a issues about trust, fidelity, intimacy, day to day decisions... Sad.

The therapist is a cool-cold woman who knows everything these two are thinking even before they do (of course...).

She acts detached, she's aggressive (local school I guess) but at the end she shows that she cares.

Somehow in the story there's a side kick about her car and her mom with not much development in the plot.

Everything that matters happens only inside the therapist room, suggesting that no matter what you did (or you are still doing) has no bearing on the couple's future, if they are willing to first break up with the past and start anew, all within those confines of the "green" room.



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Loved it and plan to take tips for my marriage

Even with a happy marriage there are things to learn. Loved the reader and topic and book! Heard a review on NPR and so glad I read it.

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Healing story line

This is a timely discovery for my life and passing this along to my spouse. Thank you.

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great listen!

I enjoyed every minute of it, felt like I was the one sitting in that green chair listening to everything.

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Once I started, I couldn't stop wanting to see what happens next to this couple or more about what the counselor was going to do next. Great analysis of true life struggles yet unique to the individual character's.

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great book to listen to you!

this is a great book to listen to you! I guess that's why it's called listen to our marriage. I don't think I can sit down and read this but listening to it wasn't bad because there's a lot of he-said she-said but the narrator does a great job!

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Emotional Space | she was a teacher | in long hall

my favorite part | when sandy confronts steve about his feelings towards his wife, his misconceptions. what he was missing. she was a teacher all these years, molding you but failing because he felt criticize and didn't feel loved. I can relate to this.

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