Audiobook Review – This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett


Title: This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Author: Ann Patchett
Narrator: Ann Patchett
Audiobook Length: 1 hour, 17 minutes
Genre: Nonfiction, Essay

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.”

Thoughts: Ms. Patchett wrote and narrates this simple but charming essay about her one foray into marriage and the lengthy journey it took to get there. In it, she reminds listeners that a happy marriage is not about being swept off of one’s feet. It is not love at first sight. It is the deep and unselfish relationship that comes with time and total commitment and being friends more than lovers.

Throughout the essay, Ms. Patchett is not preachy. She is one person sharing her story with others. More importantly, she recognizes that her experiences and understanding of happy marriages is not for everyone. A happy marriage is as unique as the individuals involved in them and will differ for every single couple. Not only does the essay give readers more insight into her character and her past experiences and heartaches that led her to become a great author, it is a great reminder that life is very much a journey that cannot ever be predicted. Sometimes, the truly best things in life are the ones you never see coming.

Simply written, narrated from the heart, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a great palate cleanser for those avid audiobook listeners and a wonderful reminder of the truly important things in life.

Acknowledgments: Mine. All mine.

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8 Responses to Audiobook Review – This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  1. Juju
    December 3, 2012 | 12:33 AM

    Sounds good for any married person.

  2. Diane
    December 3, 2012 | 12:35 AM

    I love Ann P's writing, but wasn't aware of the NF title; thanks for sharing.

  3. Michelle
    December 3, 2012 | 3:59 AM

    I think so. It was just a great reminder of what I have as a married person. Sometimes, that is so necessary.

  4. Michelle
    December 3, 2012 | 3:59 AM

    No problem! I actually listened to this before I ever read anything by her. I was definitely impressed.

  5. Laurie C
    December 3, 2012 | 2:19 PM

    This sounds great! I've read most of her novels, but hadn't heard of this either.

  6. Michelle
    December 4, 2012 | 3:34 AM

    It was a lovely way to become introduced to her writing style. And since she narrates it herself as well, I now have a bit of a girl crush on her. She is just too cute!

  7. Jenners
    December 4, 2012 | 7:20 PM

    I listened to this (it was free from Audible, right?) and also thought she made some good points and it wasn't preachy at all.

  8. Michelle
    December 5, 2012 | 4:22 AM

    It was free from Audible, even though it is no longer so. I agree with you. There was definitely nothing preachy about it. She was just sharing what works for her. I really liked that.

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