Marriage, a History

  • by Stephanie Coontz
  • Narrated by Callie Beaulieu
  • 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Just when the clamor over "traditional" marriage couldn't get any louder, along comes this groundbreaking book to ask, "What tradition?"
In Marriage, a History, historian and marriage expert Stephanie Coontz takes listeners from the marital intrigues of ancient Babylon to the torments of Victorian lovers to demonstrate how recent the idea of marrying for love is - and how absurd it would have seemed to most of our ancestors. It was when marriage moved into the emotional sphere in the 19th century, she argues, that it suffered as an institution just as it began to thrive as a personal relationship. This enlightening and hugely entertaining book brings intelligence, perspective, and wit to today's marital debate.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fascinating exploration of an ancient institution

This book is fascinating. I did find that last third or so less interesting, as it moved into theorizing about modern marriage. The narration was excellent, except for the narrator's irritating tendency to say "newkiller family".
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- Christina

Great data and amazing research

What did you love best about Marriage, a History?

There is so much to learn here about many different cultures and the history of my own

What three words best describe Callie Beaulieu’s voice?

please, speak, faster.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It has a lot of information about time periods that span all of recorded human history. I wanted to take the time and digest what I was listening to and place it in my minds web of history

Any additional comments?

I had to speed up the reading speed to about 1.15-1.20. It just felt too damn slow before that. It is my only criticism of the reader and easily adjusted.

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- mathew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio