The Decent Proposal

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100100460
Released: Apr 05, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062446114
Narrator/s: Michael Bakkensen
Publisher: HarperAudio
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An addictively readable debut romantic comedy, drama, and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition. This is a funny, tender, and enchanting story about love, attraction, and friendship: Jane Austen in Los Angeles. A struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is twenty-nine, hung-over, and broke. Ridiculously handsome with an innate charm and an air of invincibility, he still believes good things will come his way. For now he contents himself with days at the Coffee Bean and nights with his best friend Mike (that's a woman, by the way). At thirty-three, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as "La MAquina" The Machine-to her colleagues, she's grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. And yet recently she befriended a homeless man in her Venice neighborhood, surprised to find how much she enjoys their early-morning chats. Richard and Elizabeth's paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor. They'll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together-just talking-every week for a year. Astonished and more than a little suspicious, they each nevertheless say yes. Richard needs the money and likes the adventure of it. Elizabeth embraces the challenge of shaking up her life a little more. Both agree the idea is ridiculous, but why not? What ensues is a delightful journey full of twists, revelations, hamburgers, classic literature, poppy music, and above all love, in its multitude of forms. The Decent Proposal is a heartfelt and often hilarious look at the ties that bind not just a guy and a girl but an entire, diverse cast of characters situated within a modern-day Los Angeles brought to full and irrepressible life.

Author(s): Kemper Donovan
Original Publish Date: Apr 05, 2016

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Author(s): Kemper Donovan
Narrator(s): Michael Bakkensen
Product Number DD23974
Released: Apr 05, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504696890

Professional reviews

"A Hollywood producer who is trying to land his first script and a workaholic lawyer are strangers who will inherit half a million dollars each if they spend two hours talking together each week for a year. Michael Bakkensen narrates this difficult-to-believe story of attraction, friendship, and conversation in a precise voice. Richard and Elizabeth decide they'll talk about books and movies to learn about each other and, in turn, their friends. Bakkensen adds some emotional nuances and snarky intonation when describing relationships and reciting music lyrics. Crude comments are interspersed with long-winded descriptions as Bakkensen attempts to move this tongue-in-cheek romance forward. Predictably, as Richard and Elizabeth interact socially, mostly with Richard's friends, their romantic chemistry kicks in. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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