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Summary

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as the Pact.

The goal of the Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. Never mention the Pact to anyone. Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples. And then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to the Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. And the Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

©2017 Michelle Richmond (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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great book

finished it it one setting ,couldn't wait to find out what happens .great read fantastic

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Unbelievable

Totally unbelievable yarn that was never really a story. Not sure what point the author was trying to make about marriage. Absolute tosh

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ridiculous from start to finished

Narrator was good. The story needed you to let go of any sensible thought and go with it. so many times you think to yourself "but you wouldn't do that" or " oh come on!" or " that wouldn't happen!" I tried my hardest and for the first 50 chapters I thought to myself just go with it but no it was just to far fetched and came to nothing in the end. Not good unfortunately

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Very different

What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Pact the most enjoyable?

Great narration and storyline

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jake
Because the first person narrative made him more vulnerable

Have you listened to any of Tom Taylorson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he visited Ireland

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What an Ending

Excellent, wanted to listen to it in one go managed it over two days. A compelling story.

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Compelling

Really uncomfortable to hear at times and a meandering but compelling story. Worth listening to.

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Truely gripping story.

I was gripped by this story - sucked in by some good ideas of how to keep your marriage healthy and then horrified at how quickly this can be taken to another level.

Well written and narrated.

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Gripping

This book had me gripped! I listen to a book every 2-3 days and I would have liked to listen to this one in one sitting.
It’s good to listen to a book with such an unusual subject, which kept me enthralled as to what on earth would happen next. The pace was incredible & I loved it right up until the ending, which seemed unresolved & disappointing. I do like my listens to be nicely tied up, so found it frustrating & somewhat implausible.
I’ve still given it 5* as it was such an enjoyable journey. Perhaps there is a sequel in mind?

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Catchy scary and mesmerising

As I read the book and got deeper I couldn’t drop it down. It was compelling , you almost want to be in the novel .. the end well I can quiet see why it ended the way it did but my fantasy mind also wanted the other ending where they went through the gold door . Because I felt the man would be able to layout how marriages should work and how to overcome mistakes other than resorting to torture .

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  • j
  • 28-05-18

Enjoyable-disappointing ending

A different, interesting, page turning surreal read. I hope the end means there is a sequel.

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  • Maria
  • 09-08-17

This was an interesting book!

This had a pretty unique plot - a newly married couple gets invited to become part of an exclusive club, designed to help keep couples married for life. The premise was really creative, and the author did a terrific job of building up the conflict. What's interesting about this book is just like any other cult or abusive relationship -- in passing conversation, you think, "How could they possibly get caught up in that?" But it's the frog slowly boiling in water scenario, and the author really knocked it out of the park with the build-up. The character development was outstanding, and the narrator was superb. I'm not sure I liked the ending, though. Not going to give it away here to spoil it, but all in all it was a pretty fun listen. I barely put it down... highly recommend for anyone who enjoys suspenseful drama.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-17

Kept me up all night

Thought the book had an interesting storyline. I really enjoyed the fictional concept but could imagine how a good idea can evolve into something frightening due to greed and overblown egos.

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  • Kelly
  • 23-08-17

Great Idea - Awful Story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't time well spent - I kept waiting for the big pay off and it never happened.

Has The Marriage Pact turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, again, it was a great idea for a story, but it fell short - really short.

What does Tom Taylorson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a good job.

Could you see The Marriage Pact being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see the idea of the story made into a movie or TV series, but a lot would have to be reworked.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy it. It wasn't terrible, but it was frustrating that it could have been so good and it never was.

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  • InGa
  • 23-10-17

The Pact = Scientology

If you substitute the word Pact for The Church, you'd have yourself a book about Scientology.

From the Pact's leadership, surveillance of members, prison camp, and torture, it's a pretty good description of what real life is like in The Church of Scientology as described by former members -- many of whom have written books themselves.

The narrator's attempt at a woman's voice was excruciating. I kept thinking of Mr. Bill every time Alice would speak (Oh nooooooooo...!). Not only was her voice annoying, but the character itself was very boring. And the whole rocker turned attorney bit was just lame.

All in all, I found the book pretty cheesy and not worth my time or money.

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  • Toni R.
  • 31-07-17

What a good idea that was completely wasted

The author had a great idea for a story but got lost with the characters. Alice and Jake were made to appear so stupid I felt no connection with them. It was as if the book repeated itself to be longer. The end was perhaps the worst cop out I've ever encountered.

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  • Yikes
  • 12-02-18

wOw

Took me a long time to get around to reading this book ! I didn't think I would like it but instead I was blown away. Great narration and a story that surprised me at many turns. Stick with it - it gets intense! I may have nightmares from this one!

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  • Wendi
  • 30-01-18

Extremely Different- Worth the Listen

The Marriage Pact was nothing as I supposed it would be. The story focuses on a new couple who received 'The Pact' as a gift. At first they thought it was sort of a joke, but they found out soon enough that 'The Pact' was a serious situation and, there is no way out. They have their own laws, punishments, judicial system and there are eyes everywhere.

The story itself is quick paced but it never really explains 'the pact' in detail. However, I would recommend it because it's a different kind of psychological thriller and it's worth the listen.

4 solid stars

-Wendi

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  • Cheri
  • 22-11-17

Wow! A Plot With a New Idea! Gripping!

This book had me from the first two chapters. I’ve finished it in two days - skipped television programs I really like, skipped a social obligation I had, all to listen to this book.

The plot is so original. The framework of marriage has been explored in many works of fiction, but not quite like this. The main character, Jake, is someone you naturally like - he’s just a darn nice guy. His wife is more difficult to like (at least for me), but Jake loves her, so ...

The twisted mess they wind up in is mesmerizing. Do you root for them? Just Jake? Or just Alice (his wife)?

And just how evil is this group they’ve willingly joined - The Pact?

I will admit the ending left just a little to be desired, but it leaves you with either an optimist’s imagined conclusion, or a pessimist’s. Some people may read it and feel it was bundled up nicely enough for them - don’t pass it up just because of my need for ribbons.

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  • Trina
  • 06-09-17

Awful

I can't believe I wasted my time listening till the end cause sooner or later terrible books get better right? Nope. Seriously a book about nothing. Don't waste your time or money!!

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  • Jeffrey veals
  • 27-08-17

Frustrating. Hopeless. Horrifying. Yet, Brilliant

What did you love best about The Marriage Pact?

Love, marriage, and everything to do with this is the strange concept that determines whether or not you're alone for your whole life or find your soul mate; divorce is at an all-time high. Do you need this magical group that forces you to comply with everything a marriage entails and more? Not once did Jake waiver in his belief that he did not need The Pact. Jake's resolve and steadfast belief is what I loved best about the book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Like with all three of Gillian Flynn's novels, I have never shouted more at a book than I did with this one. I, as the reader, felt hopeless and helpless, because the characters felt those two things and more. I will say that I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book. The dull moments were at a minimum and it gave new meaning to some messed up ways of acting in order to preserve marriage, at whatever costs necessary.

Which character – as performed by Tom Taylorson – was your favorite?

I'm going to have to say Jake, because of what I said in the first question above; however, I will tell you that there was one character (cannot recall his name) with had an Irish accent, who was in charge of "confessions" and interrogation. Although I hated EVERYTHING about who he was, he was performed incredibly by Mr. Taylorson and, if you decide to read this novel, I know you'll hate him as much as I did.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All three words in the title of this review are my extreme reactions: I was frustrated, I felt hopeless, and I was horrified. I didn't cry, but I did laugh at the ridiculousness of what these delusional people were willing to do in order to keep this cult going. It was one of those reactions that makes no sense, but I just laughed and shook my head, thinking how the heck this could possibly be happening.

Any additional comments?

The Marriage Pact is one of those books that you're going to love or hate--I know it'll have a strong reaction and some readers will be angry with my positive remarks. I can't tell you that everyone will love this, because it is STRESSFUL to the power of 10. I will say that if you liked "Gone Girl," "Dark Places," and "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn, you will probably like this one. While I mention those books, The Marriage Pack is not as good as the three mentioned, but I'd put them in the same genre and I would say that it was ALMOST as good. If you end up hating it, I apologize for building it up so much; I just can't explain my gut reaction and not rave about Ms. Richmond's novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful