The Arrangement

  • by Sarah Dunn
  • Narrated by Ellen Archer
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage - what could possibly go wrong?
Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a 200-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's hot lunch, dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood".
When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though - the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible - that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily ever after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy -real life or the experiment?

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What the Critics Say

"Dunn (The Big Love) again plumbs the messiness and fallibility of romantic relationships....with hilarious results." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Story!

Very interesting story and fun concept. I breezed through the story and the narration was spot on! However the editing was pretty poor. I listen to a ton of Auto books and I have never heard so many missed edits throughout the a book. You constantly hear the Narrator repeating sentences with different "takes," at first I thought something was wrong with the file but then I realized it just wasn't edited out. It wasn't enough to distract from the entertainment of the story but it did get a bit amusing to hear it happening so much!
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- Teresa

Decent story but annoying characters

Not a bad story, I found it fairly engrossing. However two big issues. Two of the characters are beyond obnoxious. I understand the child, Wyatt, is meant to show the strain and stress on Lucy and Owens marriage. But wow is that kid, & the voice used for the kid, annoying. Secondly, the friend, sunny bang… Could that voice be more stereotypically Asian? And someone needs to tell the editors or the producers to do their job better. At least six times during the book, the same line was repeated. Clearly the editors failed to remove one of the two takes of the same line. It became very annoying and took me out of the story because I kept wondering when it was going to happen next.

Outside of those two issues, I found it a pretty good story to listen to.
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- HailtoTheVictors

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio