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The Marriage Pact

A Novel
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)
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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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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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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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This book was not for me

It simply wasn't believable. I found the book irritating. I considered moving to the final chapter more than once. Not quite sure why I listened to the whole book. The readers voice was great.

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Intriguing nothing more

A story that ordinarily I would have stoped & sent back but...

It did intrigue me enough to persevere with it, what is it all about, where’s it going etc

Great narration helped me stay on track.

I do feel a bit cheated at the end & felt like the writer was bored & wrapped it up too easily & quickly...

Steven

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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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  • 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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  • DRC923
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 14-03-18

It Could Have Been Great!

NO SPOILER REVIEW: I really wanted to love this story! The beginning was quite interesting and gave me hope but ultimately I was let down. There are so many cookie-cutter thrillers out there that tell us nothing new. This one started off great with a unique plot but then it just became more and more implausible.

I put in more than 13 hours listening to this story but in the end, I felt cheated because the ending was so abrupt. I feel like the author spent so much time developing the plot but then just through something together at the end. I will say though that the narrator is excellent.

Overall, if you don't mind loose ends and want to listen to a story with a unique plot and great narrator, go for this one.

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  • Christine
  • 19-08-17

I liked a lot of it....

Can't say I loved it but it was good. Suspensful, and interesting. Anticlimactic ending though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-17

Wow!

Captivating! This one of the best books I have ever read. Jake and Alice are wonderful characters.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolina Rush
  • 29-07-17

Didn't want it to end!

Not your usual suspense subject matter. Fast-paced, intricate and fascinating. Your mind will thank you.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • stlblue1
  • 11-05-18

Great listen

I found this book to have twists and turns that were not easily figured out. The characters are likable and believable, given their situation. The story was well thought out and well written. It left me thinking about it for a few days after finishing it. It is mysterious and well worth the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful