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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Schrank Narrator: Andrew Garman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781470341152
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Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his legendary, decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hope­ful romantics and desperate cynics alike. He and his beloved wife lived a relatively peaceful life in upstate New York. But now it’s 2010, and Peter’s wife has just died. Completely lost, he passes the time with a woman he admires but doesn’t love—and he begins to look back through the pages of his book and question hom­ilies such as: A good marriage is a canoe—it needs care and isn’t meant to hold too much—no more than two adults and a few kids. It’s advice he has famously doled out for decades. But what is it worth? 

Then Peter receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fif­tieth anniversary of Marriage Is a Canoe with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship. The contest ensnares its creator in the largely opaque politics of her publishing house while it intro­duces the reader to couples in various states of distress, including a shy thirtysomething Brooklynite and her charismatic and entrepreneurial husband, who may just be a bit too charismatic for the good of their marriage. There’s the middle-aged publisher whose im­posing manner has managed to impose loneliness on her for longer than she cares to admit. And then there is Peter, who must discover what he meant when he wrote Marriage Is a Canoe if he is going to help the contest’s winners and find a way to love again.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noel | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting story and comments about marriage "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2014

    " This is a book about relationships, love, and marriage, and what happens when a self-help author's truth is revealed. The characters aren't very likable, but I enjoyed the satire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Harrison | 2/1/2014

    " I am liking this book. It's a bit of a send up of self-help but gentle. And there's more depth to it than "send up" -- it's about the human heart, love, marriage, cheating, dying, children, siblings, envy...yep, it's all that. And I'm not even finished yet. Later...loved it right until the end:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/30/2014

    " This might be a 4 star...definitely more than a 3, but not quite a 4. The story of Emily in a troubled marriage, but she doesn't yet know it's troubled...Peter the aging writer of a best seller marriage self help book from 20+ years ago based on a boyhood summer experience that may or may not have happened and Stella the publisher's low level worker bee trying to make her boss happy. All interesting characters that I cared about. Which is why this might really be a 4. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/23/2014

    " Pretty sappy and didn't really like the characters that much but at least I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony Nielsen | 1/19/2014

    " Mixed feeling on Love is a Canoe. I finished it but only just. It's a story about a sort of "marriage self help book" based on the writer's conversations with his grand parents when he was 13.In the present day Peter, the writer, is at a bit of a crossroads, when his publishing company approaches him with a competition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his (only) book. We switch between Stella at the publishing company, Emily, the contest winner who is struggling in her marriage, and Peter , who is debating whether to move to San Franscisco with Maddie, his new love interest following the death of his wife. The fact is that his book is twee and patronising but it has continued to sell over the 50 years since it was first printed. The story ends following the unsuccessful contest winner weekend, and Peter making his choice about Maddie. "

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

    " This satire of romance, "how to" books and the publishing world is a terrific read. The satire is simultaneously biting and kind. The characters are exquisitely drawn- "types" but not "stereotypes." It is cutting and very smart without being cynical. I wish I could give 4.5 stars. It didn't get 5 because the very last page is just a tad too sweet and pat. But the reading experience is near perfection- especially in the second half of the book. If you can't get into it give it 50 pages. It grows on you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Hopler | 1/1/2014

    " I'm having a hard time getting through this one, especially with all the modern stories that seem to be interwoven with the original book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 12/28/2013

    " I love(d?) this book so much I read it in two sittings and then started it over again. Warning: don't pick it up if you don't feel like dealing with the fact that love and relationships are the hardest things on earth. This book is brutally honest--but thankfully it's also freaking hysterical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ghuntress | 12/22/2013

    " Book about love and marriage - started off really strong but fell apart in last third of the book and the characters became unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felice | 12/20/2013

    " Fascinating study of marriage(s) - in many forms and what is considered acceptable and realistic from different perspectives and generations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hilary | 12/6/2013

    " I liked the premise of this book but hated the execution. Reading it felt like punishment. I'm not a quitter so I plodded through thinking "it has to get better, right?" Wrong. It just got worse. If love IS a canoe, no amount of frantic bailing would make me love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serina Spencer | 11/25/2013

    " I know I must have liked this a lot, because I finished it in a day. I just don't think I'm exactly sure why I liked it...perhaps I'll revisit this review after I've had a few days to let this book sit with me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 11/8/2013

    " This was fairly awful. It started out as a possible 4-star because I found the concept creative. Then, the plot become painfully obvious and even the twists at the end weren't enough to save it. Overall, 2-star. Sadly, not worth the hype. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwenny | 10/26/2013

    " This book was about second chances, but not about marriage. It was an easy, light read but the ending was ultimately unsatisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 9/21/2013

    " Not my favorite...a bit contrived. I would not recommend this book to other readers. Nice title, though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 9/14/2013

    " Clever premise, multiple points of view, enjoyed more than I thought I would, wish peters character was a little more fleshed out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Harrison | 9/6/2013

    " Loved the overlapping narratives and the way the characters' lives intersected in unexpected ways. They seemed to echo and build off each others hopes and frustrations. I admired the structure of how this book was put together. As a writer, I know it couldn't have been easy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake Nelson | 7/29/2013

    " Can't wait to get into this one! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jerry | 4/30/2013

    " I kept waiting for this book to get better. For me, it never did. "

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About the Narrator

Andrew Garman is a television, film, and voice actor. His acting credits include the film Julie & Julia and appearances the television series Law & Order, Mercy, and Conviction. Among his audiobook narrations are Arcadia by Lauren Groff, Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette, and Love Is a Canoe by Ben Schrank, among others.