A struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach, still believes good things will come his way. At thirty-three, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm and she's grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. Richard and Elizabeth's paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious 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. Both agree the idea is ridiculous, but why not? The Decent Proposal is a delightful journey full of twists, revelations, and above all-- love-- in its multitude of forms.
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by Kathryn Erskine
by Dan Smith
by Eugene Yelchin
"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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