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Publisher's Summary

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

Editor's Pick

An emotional character study for voyeurs
"Gabra Zackman’s narration put me right in this session with Steven, Gretchen, and their marriage counselor, Sandy—so much so that it almost felt like eavesdropping on all of the intimate details of their lives. I’ve never encountered a story that made me feel so much like a fly on the wall. It’s a captivating exploration of love, marriage, and figuring out (and then holding onto) the most important things in your life."
Michael C., Audible Editor

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Tedious

Even at (6) hours this dialogue between a couple on the verge of divorce, and their marriage counselor, grew tedious. Even the excellent narration couldn't make it interesting. I really disliked the character of Gretchen ( the wife) and in a book with essentially only three characters, it's a huge negative if one of them is intolerable.

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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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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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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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Intriguing story

I really enjoyed this story. It was different and you really want to know what's going to happen next. The narrator kept me engaged.

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Riveting

Couldn’t put it down. Every word essential & intensely intelligent. I intend to recommend it to several friends.

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Excellent!

Terrific story gripping. The therapist Sandy was amazing! Gretchen and Steve worked hard on their relationship.

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FANTASTIC

I'd listen to this book again and I'm not married. Loved every word of it!

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Engaging Story

I'm interested in marriage and read about it, both fiction and nonfiction. This was an interesting story although some of the dialogue was a bit cringy.

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Very insightful and inspiring

Lovely lovely book. Perfect narration and amazing story line. Very good read for single and married people.