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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tara Parker-Pope Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781615730957
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The controversial and inspiring truths about today's marriages. Learn the science behind why some marriages work and others don't. This investigative journalist shares information from some of the top biologists, neuroscientists, and psychologists <#150> Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Stringham | 2/4/2014

    " It was really interesting reading about the statistics/science behind what makes a good marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting. A lot of it I have read before, but it's great to have it all in one cohesive, easy-to-reference volume. It normalizes a lot of relationship problems and gives scientifically sound advice instead of preaching. I think it's great for anyone in a relationship to read, married or not! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 1/11/2014

    " A solid, evidence-based reminder that strong, healthy marriages require work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison | 1/10/2014

    " I learned some interesting things from this book (the first 3 minutes of a fight have the biggest impact on your marriage, splitting the household duties is important to reduce tension- but may reduce passion, arguing does not equal a bad marriage, etc.) However, the fact that Parker-Pope normally writes for magazines is obvious. It reads like a feature magazine article that a student had to stretch out in order to meet a page requirement. There's a lot of summaries and often studies are cited over and over again. I'd recommend skimming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this book - there is practical, studied advice for improving a relationship, as well as plenty of optimism about the state of marriage in general. I appreciated the scientific approach to understanding marriage. Useful for those about to get hitched (ahem, moi) and especially tailored to those who are married - whether the relationship is strong, good, or needs work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suz | 12/30/2013

    " couldn't finish it, the text was pretty dry, I found her science kind of sketchy and it was just to heterosexually oriented for me to really get good information from the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hom Sack | 12/28/2013

    " Excellent! Many insights into what makes a marriage work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Preston | 12/20/2013

    " Parker-Pope may not do a great job of sorting the serious studies from the fluff, but provides some interesting views on what makes a marriage work (or not). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terra | 12/17/2013

    " nothing earth-shattering. but still interesting in that she searched for social science literature, as opposed to pop psychological theories, to better understand marriage & divorce. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mduncan86 | 10/27/2013

    " Awesome book about marriage and what makes it work well. The entire book is filled with quantitative psych research about marriage and even just relationships in general. This book is filled with action items and insights to make your relationships work. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Berkeley | 10/15/2013

    " Great. If you're in a committed partnership or seriously considering one, I'd recommend at least skimming it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/3/2013

    " Quite interesting--lots of good information if you're pre-marriage, as a gut check, and lots of ideas that can be used in any relationship to make it even stronger. I enjoyed it, and although I didn't think there was much new, to have it all in one place was really useful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/21/2012

    " The book was an interesting read and had some quizzes you could test your marriage against. But overall, I had some trouble with believing her statistics were any more valid than the ones she was refuting. I think it was worth reading, but with a critical eye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/1/2012

    " The first third of this book was five-star fascinating but fizzled out into a self-help book quickly thereafter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/12/2012

    " Really enjoyed this. At times a bit repetitive, but I learned a lot and have since thought about how I can be a better wife to my husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Leonard | 4/16/2012

    " I listened to this on audible but I think it would have been very beneficial to actually read the book. Intersting facts and figures about marriage, divorce etc. She tries to tie a successful marriage into a scientific/mathematical formula...not sure if I agree but very neat book :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 11/21/2011

    " Really good book - lots of excellent advice on marriage. Wish they'd given some more specific, practical examples - was a bit more general, but still really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Tyler | 11/9/2011

    " An easy to read wrap up if a lot of research I've seen in other places on marriage. Not as compelling as Gottman's book, but still informative. A bit repetitive toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 5/1/2011

    " Many parts of this book were very interesting (particularly the section on marriage statistics), but other parts felt overly heavy-handed. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not certain I would recommend it to anyone else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/10/2011

    " interesting. would have rather read an article length version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libbyholden | 3/6/2011

    " A solid, evidence-based reminder that strong, healthy marriages require work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/9/2011

    " Science and social science applied to marriage. Even when I disagreed with the author's conclusions, I felt that the studies were clearly presented and thought-provoking. A good book to read and talk about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/6/2011

    " A little bland, but chock full of tips based on the latest research--it's amazing how our health, finances and well-being are so tied up in the strength and durability of our closest relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hom | 2/4/2011

    " Excellent! Many insights into what makes a marriage work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/3/2011

    " An easy to read wrap up if a lot of research I've seen in other places on marriage. Not as compelling as Gottman's book, but still informative. A bit repetitive toward the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirjam | 12/13/2010

    " this totally spoke to my inner science geek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/21/2010

    " Really helpful easy to understand information about relationships and gender differences. Marriage sounds like a much more hopeful prospect than I had previously thought. Also recommended Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 10/19/2010

    " Interesting synthesis. A little quiz-heavy. The low divorce statistics were eye opening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saralyn | 10/17/2010

    " I learned a few interesting things from this book, but on the whole was not overly impressed. Felt a little negative to me at times, despite being called "For Better..." Not one I would run out to recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/3/2010

    " I listened to this on audible but I think it would have been very beneficial to actually read the book. Intersting facts and figures about marriage, divorce etc. She tries to tie a successful marriage into a scientific/mathematical formula...not sure if I agree but very neat book :) "

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About the Author

Tara Parker-Pope, who writes the “Well” blog for the New York Times, is one of the newspaper’s most popular and most e-mailed journalists. She appears regularly on radio and television, including Today, Good Morning America, and CNN. Parker-Pope lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.