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3.00118063754427 out of 53.00118063754427 out of 53.00118063754427 out of 53.00118063754427 out of 53.00118063754427 out of 5 3.00 (1,694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O' Nan Narrator: Boyd Gaine Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stewart O'Nan's "The Odds: A Love Story" is almost certainly unlike any other love story you've ever read - or heard. It's suspenseful, and the tension that builds throughout leads to an unexpected climax. On some levels, it's not particularly hopeful. And every chapter starts with the odds on...something.

"Odds of a U.S. tourist visiting Niagara Falls." "Odds of being in a bus accident." "Odds of a married couple having an argument on Valentine's Day."

This short title takes place over the course of one Valentine's Day weekend, and everything has come down to the odds: the odds that Art and Marion Fowler, married 30 years, can save their marriage. The odds that they can recover financially from a devastating recession and save their home.

Art and Marion's marriage is on the brink of collapse; both have had affairs and each is bored with the other. Both are unemployed due to layoffs; their home is about to go into foreclosure. In a desperate attempt to turn things around, Art books a honeymoon suite in Niagara Falls, where they had honeymooned 30 years earlier, and empties out their savings accounts. The plan - at least from Art's perspective - is two-fold: first, he'll use a roulette system he's studied extensively to quadruple what's left of their savings and rescue them financially. At the same time, he'll create for Marion the perfect second honeymoon, maxing out the credit cards to rescue their failing marriage.

In both cases, the odds are against them. And in both cases it's worth risking everything, because they really have nothing to lose.

"The Odds" is tense, bittersweet and gripping; brilliantly reflecting the relationship it chronicles. No spoilers here, but the ending comes as a complete surprise.

Stewart O' Nan is one of the most renowned fiction authors in the Audio Bookstore catalog. The Odds: A Love Story is his fourteenth novel, and was named on NPR's list of Favorite Books of 2012 and the Chicago Tribune and Cleveland Plain Dealer's Best Books of 2012.

Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. While they sightsee like tourists during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances - and save their marriage. A tender yet honest exploration of faith, forgiveness and last chances, The Odds is a reminder that love, like life, is always a gamble.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiffanie | 2/17/2014

    " overall it was an okay book some parts kinda dragged an the ending totally sucked "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " The novella is enjoyable but simple. The writing is very choppy and the themes underdeveloped. I would have liked this to have been twice the length so disappointment, betrayal, shared experience, and loyalty in long-term companionship could have been better explored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane S. | 2/11/2014

    " O'Nan has a singular knack of making the commonplace and mundane of vast interest and importance. Loved the odds statistics he gave at the start of each chapter. The hidden meanings he derives from everyday events, especially those that occur within a long marriage where each character has his or her own secrets, longings and expectations. Another very good read from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fdrnewdeal | 1/18/2014

    " O'Nan, as always, does a fantastic job of descibing the struggles of middle class Americans. "

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