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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 Gaines Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Fdrnewdeal | 1/18/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betz | 1/15/2014

    " I was really shocked to see that people gave this book a 5 star rating. I hope to even the playing field with my one star rating. I think O'Nan wrote this book over a weekend--or maybe just on a Friday night. One reviewer said she almost dismissed the book but then thought O'Nan's other works were so good, that perhaps she was at fault and was missing something more profound. Nothing profound here! I felt the entire time I was reading the book that I had read this book before--a typical "we are middle aged and washed up and our marriage stinks and our kids are gone and we've got no money BUT perhaps there is still something left here after all!" depressing as all get out story, which I am personally tired of. Is middle age that bad? Do I have NOTHING to look forward to? And the conclusion--where did it come from? I won't ruin it for those who want to read this (it is a QUICK read so reading it will not make you feel like your needlessly took time off the clock for no good reason) but if you do read it tell me how that conclusion was arrived at? How was ANYTHING resolved? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy (Colorado) | 1/14/2014

    " I liked Emily, Alone much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Moore | 1/3/2014

    " I loved the writing, and the story was compelling. I hated the very last sentence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Roth | 12/31/2013

    " so honest, misty gray rather than black and white, just like most relationships; Art & Marion spend a hokey Valentine day in Niagara Falls trying to win big at the casino to ward off bankruptcy. o'nan is so spot on...not sure I'd want to spend time with them but enjoyed his skill. want to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 12/20/2013

    " Portrait of a marriage and 2 people with nothing left to lose. Insightful, sad, raw and honest. A story of love and forgiveness and the reality of better or worse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cari | 12/16/2013

    " Depressing yet endearing. Quick read. I can envision George Clooney playing the lead "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smschade | 12/8/2013

    " A very quick read. Good thing because it didn't have much going on. You do finish the book with a smile though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Dougherty | 12/4/2013

    " Stewart O'Nan is one of my favorite authors. He captures ordinary people and their internal dialog as they deal with daily life. Really enjoyed this one too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 11/30/2013

    " This is the second O'Nan book that I have read. Both of them have been mundane stories on the surface with surprisingly deep messages about everyday life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallon | 11/12/2013

    " a little gem by a great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 10/24/2013

    " I enjoyed the quirky facts at the beginning of each chapter...the odds! Sadly a fiction I think too many people are actually living. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 9/12/2013

    " It is hard to like a book if you do not like the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/4/2013

    " A short story of modern day romance with the edge of financial disaster, unemployment and impending divorce. how more relevant to today's times can you get "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulkocak | 4/20/2013

    " Finely crafted portrait of characters palpably real. You care for them, root for them. Another excellent work by O'Nan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexyvs | 2/24/2013

    " O'Nan has done it again. The Odds was beautiful. Full review coming soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcy | 9/22/2012

    " I read it in one morning and couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 8/24/2012

    " I would have rated this 3 stars through most of the book, until the very last line. The book as a whole was a little depressing, mostly because it felt very real. Sometimes marriages can be messy and not pleasant, but if you look at the big picture, it's usually worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eilleen | 8/22/2012

    " Entertaining but disappointing in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 6/30/2012

    " About couple in financial distress going to Niagara Falls to beat the odds. I just questioned how anyone could drink so much and smoke pot and still walk around. Entertaining but not a memorable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerri H | 6/21/2012

    " The wife is a complainer, the husband is a pleaser, the story, set in Niagara Falls on Valentines Day, is hokey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K Fritch | 3/30/2012

    " O'Nan is definitely on my list of top 10 contemporary American writers. My favorite book of his is probably The Good Wife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Melara | 1/24/2012

    " I loved this book... A well written study of love lost and maybe found again over a valentine weekend in Niagra Falls. Well written with dry humor and wry observations about marriage love and trying to hang on in a troubled world. "

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