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Marriageology

The Art and Science of Staying Together
Narrated by: Belinda Luscombe
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A smart and concise guide to staying together that draws on scientific findings, expert advice, and years in the marital trenches to explain why marriage is better for your health, your finances, your kids, and your happiness

Like you, probably, Belinda Luscombe would rather have had her eyes put out than listen to a book about marriage; they all seemed full of advice that was obvious, useless, or bad. Plus they were boring. But after covering the relationship beat for Time magazine for 10 years, she realized there was a surprisingly upbeat and little-known story to tell about the benefits of staying together for the long haul. Casting a witty, candid, and probing eye on the latest behavioral science, Luscombe has written a fresh and persuasive report on the state of our unions, how they’ve changed from the marriages of our parents’ era, and what those changes mean for the happiness of this most intimate and important of our relationships. 

In Marriageology Luscombe examines the six major fault lines that can fracture contemporary marriages, also known as the F-words: familiarity, fighting, finances, family, fooling around, and finding help. She presents facts, debunks myths, and provides a fascinating mix of research, anecdotes, and wisdom from a wide range of approaches - from how properly dividing up chores can result in a better sex life to the benefits of fighting with your spouse (though not in the car) to whether or not to tell your partner that you lost $70,000. (The last one is from firsthand experience.) 

Marriageology offers simple, actionable, maybe even borderline fun techniques and tips to try, whether the relationship in question is about to conk out or just needs a little grease and an oil change. The best news of all is that sticking together is easier than it looks. 

“Few things are more important than the quality of our relationships - and especially the one we build with our life partners. Belinda Luscombe has written a smart and funny book to help anyone work toward a stronger and more fulfilling marriage.” (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org)

“I’d recommend this book to anyone who is married. Or thinking of getting married. Or knows anyone who is married. Or who is simply interested in getting along with other human beings. Belinda Luscombe combines science, memoir, and sharp wit in this fascinating and useful book. She takes on myths about everything from soul mates to finance to going to bed angry (her advice: Do it!). Skip the gravy boat and give this as a gift to all your engaged friends.” (A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically)

©2019 Belinda Luscombe (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“If I could talk about marriage to my wife with the intelligence and humor that Belinda Luscombe does in this book, I’d be having a lot more sex.” (Joel Stein, author of Man Made)

“Staying together in the age of Tinder is no mean feat. Thank goodness Belinda Luscombe’s wise, funny, scientifically rigorous book is here to improve our odds. Henceforth, exiting the chapel, couples should be pelted with copies of Marriageology instead of rice.” (Ada Calhoun, author of Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give)

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Well described common sense ground rules for marriage.

I originally bought this audiobook for my husband and me. However, after unsuccessfully convincing him to make time for us to listen to it together, I decided to listen to it on my own. I’m so glad that I listened to it alone the first time. I can’t tell you how many times I said out loud, “I’ve said this to him so many times already.” I can’t wait to see if he finally “hears” me when we finally get to hear it together. I wonder what part(s) will ring true for him that I’m currently not hearing from him. I loved her humor, her examples and her frankness about her own relationship. I would highly recommend!

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Exactly what we needed!

My husband and I both absolutely love this book!!! We hope many other marriages will benefit from it as much as ours have!