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What Makes a Marriage Last

40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life
Written by: Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue
Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Relationships
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Power couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue have created a compelling and intimate collection of intriguing conversations with famous couples about their enduring marriages and how they have made them last through the challenges we all share.

What makes a marriage last? Who doesn’t want to know the answer to that question? To unlock this mystery, iconic couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue crisscrossed the country and conducted intimate conversations with 40 celebrated couples whose long marriages they’ve admired - award-winning actors, athletes, and newsmakers to writers, comedians, musicians, and a former US president and First Lady. Through these conversations, Marlo and Phil also revealed the rich journey of their own marriage. 

What Makes a Marriage Last offers practical and heartfelt wisdom for couples of all ages and a rare glimpse into the lives of husbands and wives we have come to know and love. Marlo and Phil’s frequently funny, often touching, and always engaging conversations span the marital landscape - from that first rush of new love to keeping that precious spark alive, from navigating hard times to celebrating triumphs, from balancing work and play and family to growing better and stronger together. At once intimate, candid, revelatory, hilarious, instructive, and poignant, this audiobook is a beautiful gift for couples of every age and stage. 

Featuring interviews with:

  • Alan and Arlene Alda 
  • Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
  • President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter 
  • James Carville and Mary Matalin
  • Deepak and Rita Chopra 
  • Patricia Cornwell and Staci Gruber
  • Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden 
  • Billy and Janice Crystal
  • Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest 
  • Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
  • Viola Davis and Julius Tennon 
  • Gloria and Emilio Estefan
  • Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan 
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Sanjay and Rebecca Gupta 
  • Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann
  • Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka 
  • Ron and Cheryl Howard
  • Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson 
  • Elton John and David Furnish
  • John and Justine Leguizamo 
  • LL Cool J and Simone I. Smith
  • Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone 
  • John McEnroe and Patty Smyth
  • Mehmet and Lisa Oz 
  • Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Bert Pogrebin 
  • Rob and Michele Reiner
  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos 
  • Al Roker and Deborah Roberts
  • Ray and Anna Romano 
  • Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams
  • Judges Judy and Jerry Sheindlin 
  • George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth
  • Sting and Trudie Styler 
  • Capt. Chesley “Sully” and Lorrie Sullenberger
  • Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner 
  • Judith and Milton Viorst
©2020 Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue (P)2020 HarperAudio

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ENTERTAINING BOOK!!!

I envy these couples! They have found the secret of a comfortable life and happy way to live throughout the years.

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  • SP CALI
  • 2020-06-05

fantastically honest!

honestly I couldn't put it down!
will read again I'm sure.
Marlo & Phil were great!

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  • Gumdlops Don't bother to waste your time very unrealistic plot line
  • 2020-06-03

a great book to listen to!

really like the book would recommend it. enjoyed it very much. I don't have much more to say about it

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  • Terry L Smith
  • 2020-05-19

The Premise Is Great....

The selections in this collection got to be a bit repetitious. Maybe I just reached the saturation point. The narrators somehow fell flat. In most casesI would rather hear the original interviews.

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  • Tammy
  • 2020-05-17

Loved this book!

It was great hearing all the stories so different yet all have the common bond of a loving commitment of forever.

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  • Sara W.
  • 2020-05-11

Loved it

It opened my eyes that we all have ups and downs in our marriages. I enjoyed hearing how each couple showed their love and commitment for each other.

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  • Alice Vargo
  • 2020-05-10

Far more enjoyable than I expected

This was so much more enjoyable than expected. Much of this information could be applied to all kinds of long term relationships and friendships.