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THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIOBOOK
Art and Marion are on the brink of disaster—not only is their house being threatened with foreclosure but their marriage is a bit rickety as well. In a last-ditch attempt to salvage things, they take a Valentine’s Day trip to Niagara Falls (the site of their long-ago honeymoon) with the remainder of their life savings to risk it all on one big gamble for their future.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I’m not even 100% sure why I didn’t like it. I think O’Nan captured all the details and nuances of a long marriage. Everything felt lived in and real. Perhaps that was the problem though. Art and Marion are in a rut. They are not “in love” anymore and can often barely tolerate each other’s company. This made for a difficult listen because I just didn’t look forward to spending time with them. Also, the ending felt abrupt and wrong. Still, I’d read another of O’Nan’s books because it is obvious he can write. I guess I just want to read about someone besides Art and Marion! I did enjoy “the odds” that started each chapter, which often foreshadowed what was to come. I also wanted to try Art’s roulette system. Too bad I couldn’t remember it when I was in Vegas in May!
ABOUT THE NARRATION
Boyd Gaines was the narrator and although he did a good job capturing the frustration and worry and nuance in the characters, I still wasn’t captivated by the story. Also his deep voice just wasn’t well-suited for Marion. I think it would have worked better if a female had narrated Marion’s sections.
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