Read advance reader review of Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn

Summary | Reviews | More Information | More Books

Listen to the Marriage

by John Jay Osborn

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn X
Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' rating:

     Not Yet Rated
  • Published in USA  Oct 2018
    208 pages
    Genre: Novels

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book

About this book

Reviews


Page 1 of 4
There are currently 23 member reviews
for Listen to the Marriage
Order Reviews by:
  • Daryl B. (Poolesville, MD)


    Good quick read
    I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters to be intriguing, especially Sandy. I would have liked to hear more about her life as the author gave us just enough on her to pique my curiosity. I think all marriages have their own issues and can benefit from learning better communication skills. So I would recommend this book to anyone that is married or in a long term relationship. It was not only entertaining but therapeutic. I loved the idea of the marriage being it's own entity. I found myself cheering for Gretchen and Steve. Good read!
  • Gale A. (Chico, CA)


    Listen to the Marriage
    I loved this book! It's a little different in that there are only four characters: the husband, the wife, the therapist, and, yes, the marriage. And the whole book takes place in the marriage counselor's office.

    The husband and the wife were, to me, immediately likable. I wanted to hear their stories and I cared about how their problems were resolved.

    Sandy, the counselor, was also likable and interesting. Hers is the only voice we hear aside from what was said out loud in the office.

    Short chapters and lots of dialog make this a quick, snappy read. Good for people interested in character development. There is no plot other than the resolution of the marriage problems. But that's enough. You really do come to care for this couple and want to know if they can make it together.
  • Diane H. (Leawood, KS)


    Totally Engrossing Read
    This book captured my attention right from the first page. I felt like an interloper during the marriage counseling sessions of Gretchen and Steve There were times that I grew quite impatient with each one of them but I could also empathize with their struggle.The importance of honest communication in a marriage is highlighted amazingly well.

    Having been a counselor, I could relate to many of the scenes in the book.

    Start to finish, it is a great read
  • Shirley L. (Norco, LA)


    An Interesting Approach
    I am a Marriage Therapist and was intrigued as soon as I heard the premise of this book; the entire story takes place solely in the therapist's office. This is a slice of the life of a particular marriage and illuminates the inner psychological worlds of the husband and wife as well as that of the very clever therapist. There is little drama and heart racing plot twists in this book. The transformation of the parties is subtle, slow and inconsistent but absolutely amazing in its own soft way. Not a read for everyone. I loved it, raced through it and plan to immediately reread it more slowly and contemplatively.
  • Sarah H. (Arvada, CO)


    Fiction Therapy
    To hold a reader's interest and keep them engaged with such a simple premise takes skill. In reading the premise of the book, I thought it could either be really intimate and engaging or, really really boring. Osborn absolutely achieves the former, with characters you care about and themes you can relate to, and if in a relationship, can also apply to your own life. A very enjoyable read!
  • Bridget C., works in local library, Devon, PA


    The Triangle
    The story of a couple's journey to either end or save their marriage takes place entirely in their marriage counselor's office. Through her questions, she pushes each person to be honest about their own feelings while getting them to explore their partner's perspective. As they navigate the separation and subsequent issues (many associated with co-parenting), the couple slowly progresses. You find yourself both cheering for them to resolve their differences and also hoping that they forge new lives apart. Honest dialogue keeps the story moving. I would have liked a little more of the counselor's personal story. Overall, a thought provoking look at what it takes to keep a marriage together.
  • Michele N. (Bethesda, MD)


    Listen to the Marriage
    When I started reading Listen to the Marriage, I didn't plan to finish it in one sitting. But I found myself wanting to find out what happened. Would the couple repair their marriage or would they end up in divorce court? Told through the perspective of Sandy, their counselor, the book only deals with what happens during the sessions between Steve and Gretchen. Neither has much insight into their behaviors and contributions to the difficulties in their marriage. It's an interesting look into the dynamics of marriage counseling.

More Information

Readalikes

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: The Kinship of Secrets
    The Kinship of Secrets
    by Eugenia Kim
    Of our 20 First Impressions readers who submitted reviews for The Kinship of Secrets, all rated it ...
  • Book Jacket: Empire of Sand
    Empire of Sand
    by Tasha Suri
    Tasha Suri's debut novel, Empire of Sand, reads like something out of 1001 Arabian Nights, both ...
  • Book Jacket: In Byron's Wake
    In Byron's Wake
    by Miranda Seymour
    It's tempting to think that our age of celebrity worship coupled with the 24-hour news cycle is ...
  • Book Jacket: The Latecomers
    The Latecomers
    by Helen Klein Ross
    The Latecomers is the third novel written by acclaimed author Helen Klein Ross, following What Was ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
Force of Nature
by Jane Harper

As atmospheric, tense, and explosive as her New York Times bestselling debut, The Dry!

About the book
Join the discussion!

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    Golden Child
    by Claire Adam

    A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts

To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts

"Caitlin Hamilton Summie is our modern Chekhov."
- Savvy Verse & Wit

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

Everything I H-D

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.