What Might Have Been by Matt Dunn

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Evan and Sarah have a one night stand and then Evan goes on the road to pursue his musical career. After a year, he comes back to woo and win her over, only to find that she is engaged to someone else. Conveniently, it is the same man that she had been dating back at the time of her elicit tryst with Evan. The news of the engagement makes Evan more determined than ever to prove his undying love to Sarah and live happily ever after.

What Might Have Been‘s main characters thus proceed to discuss their problem with about 27 people each. The exact same conversation again and again and again, and then the other character does the same. Sarah ponders the merits of dumping her fiance for at least 100 pages, and Evan considers his chances of swaying Sarah’s opinion for another 100 pages. That last 100 odd pages contain the two of them talking to each other about this dilemma. Nothing. Else. Happens.

As I said, I love audio books. I listen to them on speed 2, and most books are usually around ten hours. What Might Have Been is 10 hours and 23 minutes, but what should have been a quick and jolly jaunt into fictionville turned into a torturous five hours of never-ending droll.


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