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Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never felt quite right. While many books on this topic presuppose that the listener is ready to embrace an "alternative lifestyle", Block operates from the assumption that most couples who are curious about or engaged in open marriages are in fact more like her - normal people who question whether monogamy is right for them; good people who love their spouses but want variation; capable parents who are not deviant just because they choose to be honest about their desires. Open challenges our notions of what traditional marriage looks like, and presents one woman's journey down an uncertain path that ultimately proves open marriage is a viable option for her and others.

©2008 Jenny Block (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Erich
  • Auckland Park, South Africa
  • 01-20-15

"Open" inspires a new look at marriage

I know my wife loves me. I also know that our needs differ. This book offers a model of how Open Marriage can be enriching. It's inspiring in its normality. There are a few glitches with the recording -- the editor missed a few times where the narrator repeated a sentence. And there were some small issues in the reading that a good director would have improved. But those are just quibbles. Thank you for this wonderful book.

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I appreciate the authenticity.

In a world were so many people are faking the funk, whether they are aware or not-- it is refreshing and inspiring to read about people living authentically.

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  • mikko
  • Espoo, Finland
  • 11-12-15

Great

This is one of if not the best books on the topic.
It avoids the preachy tone many of the other books about open relationships have.

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Book full of great insights!

This book has a lot of great info in it! I had been trying to find books that spoke to polyamory/open relationships and find a good source of that here. With hearing her different stories through life you get to know the gradual evolution she went through and the challenges that came up. Good read if you are also searching for more insight and understanding of this life style.
And the narrator did a great job as well. A few glitches with the audio from time to time but over all not distracting.

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Very interesting concept for a relationship.

Overall very good audible product. Personally, but would have like a voice rate a bit slower, maybe 90% because 100% felt like it was rushing through and 75% was to slow to listen to.

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Love it...Jen story mirrors mine

Jen story mirrors mine..except that I'm still going through the path myself. It is refreshing to hear how she was able to get through the rough edges. This book serves right those couples that find themselves in the middle of an epiphany about sex and relationship and all the sudden can't figure out what to do next. It will relate on some points to your situation . The performance was very enjoyable.

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eye opening!

I really enjoyed this book! I'm not in an open marriage nor do I see myself in one later down the road but the value this book has brought to my relationships is unfathomable.

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Beautifully Authentic.

Thank you for verballizing all the human thoughts and actions thst occurall the timeand framing them in a perspective that doesn't assign good or bad.

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  • 03-13-17

I wish I listened to this years ago

Basically everything I felt and didn't understand about how of why I felt this way

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Very well said

this was my 3rd book on the subject and my favorite by far. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking at opening their marriage or curious about the subject. this particular book resonated with my particular situation. I hope this book helps others the way it has opened my eyes to other alternatives to divorce or just understanding other lifestyle choices. the way it was narrated I thought the book was read by the author.