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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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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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great book

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

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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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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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Captivating, Addictive, Flawed But Enjoyable

❤️️ Remember The Game with Michael Douglas? If your answer is no, please let me know what it’s like to wake up without everything hurting. Anyway, this book is sort of like that. There’s a lot of disorientation and conspiracy and that idea that anybody could be in on it. All good stuff.

💜 Alice and Jack join a cult. They don’t know that that’s what they’re doing. They think they’re signing a marriage pact, a sort of promise to put their marriage first. But it’s a cult. An influential, powerful one with members everywhere.

💚 The idea is fantastic and I really enjoyed the listen. There are high stakes and interesting characters and intrigue. I’m about to say some less good things about this, but I want to emphasise that I genuinely liked it. I think that’s why I wanted it to delve deeper.

💛 However, I struggled with the unwieldy subject of motivation. I spent most of the time thinking that this was just an excuse for sadists to sadist. An elaborate power trip. But then why do you need a legal agreement for that? It’s not like they could get out even if they wanted to and that contract wouldn’t hold up in any real court. There’s an argument that they were the catalysts of their own demise, but that could be achieved with a prenup...

❤️️ It’s the exposition and pace however that really let this down. It feels rushed. Alice and Jack aren’t married long enough for there to be such issues. I was bewildered as to why Jack was so enamoured with Alice. Moreover, I didn’t feel familiar enough with the pact to appreciate the infractions. They should have at least had some good times in the cult before the bad. Otherwise there is literally nothing good about joining. They signed something and then their lives got ruined. Full stop. Basically, I wanted mooooorrre,
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🎧 My first time listening to Tom Taylorson and he was very good. A gravelly voice, General American English accent. Good character differentiation. It was a simple production as it’s all from Jack’s perspective, but generally well done. One star deducted for occasionally dodgy accent.
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SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO…

As I said, this reminded me of The Game (1997). There’s also something of Eyes Wide Shut (1999), but without the kink. Or The Skulls (2000) sans college degree.

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Tense! What on earth is that accent supposed to b?

If you can't do an accent, don't bother trying. A great riveting story but the narrators appalling attempt at an Irish accent was grating.

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Predictable but Readable

Started off well. Parts were fabulously gripping but it's almost like the end is rushed and although predictable, very vanilla.

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  • Stephanie at Pixie Paper
  • 14-09-20

A waste of 13 hous and 7 minutes.

I rolled my eyes so much the last 10 chapters my eyes actually began to hurt. The whole story has a good premise but utterly unbelievable. I only continued to listen because I was too busy to look for another book. Save your credit and your time.

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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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  • Joy
  • 01-10-20

I read the reviews...

I read the reviews and decided to listen to the book anyway and I was glad that I did. An absolutely excellent story. This story is full of suspense and it is an incredible idea for a story ...I've never even thought of such a situation and now I'm going to look for more books that are similar
the narration was fantastic absolutely fantastic

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  • Darlene C.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • GTBUDD
  • 01-10-20

Gripping!

I read this book despite some negative reviews, and I am SO glad I did! I finished it within 2 days. The ending was a little blah, but this is one you could think of all the possible endings to yourself and be entertained enough. Thought provoking and twisty, such a fun read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-20

Make this a movie!

I loved this story! It was suspenseful with a touch of confusion and then shocking clarity! This would make a great movie!

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