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What Were You Thinking?: $600-Per-Hour Legal Advice on Relationships, Marriage, and Divorce | [Mark Barondess]

What Were You Thinking?: $600-Per-Hour Legal Advice on Relationships, Marriage, and Divorce

Wouldn't it be nice if you could sit down with an attorney who normally charges $600 per hour and receive expert legal advice on what is no doubt one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life?
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Publisher's Summary

Wouldn't it be nice if you could sit down with an attorney who normally charges $600 per hour and receive expert legal advice on what is no doubt one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life?

Here is your chance. Mark A. Barondess has written an absolutely indispensable guide for anyone considering coupling, or uncoupling. Filled with hilarious anecdotes, solid legal advice and tricks of the trade you will not find anywhere else, this is THE must-have guide to what everyone needs to know when it comes to the legal ramifications of relationships, marriage, and divorce.

Not only will you get the benefit of Mark's 20 years as a top family law practitioner, you will also receive exclusive candid advice from some of Mark's friends including Larry King, Dr. Phil, Montel Williams, legal legend Robert Shapiro, comedic great Lewis Black, and even rock star Gene Simmons. They all weigh in with their unique thoughts and advice on marriage and divorce.

"Many of life's greatest rewards are bestowed upon those who take the biggest risks. However, before you take any great risk, you should at least have a basic appreciation of the potential consequences of your decision. So pull up a seat, and let's have a conversation. No need to rush, the clock isn't running. Tell me, honestly...what were you thinking?"

©2005 Mark Barondess; (P)2005 Phoenix Audio

What the Critics Say

"Barondess' informed and occasionally raucous examination of the institution is cheaper than consulting a divorce attorney or hiring a wedding caterer, and is well-worth a look before doing either." (Publishers Weekly)
"Marriage and divorce are two very serious and expensive decisions (trust me, I know). At $600 per hour, this hilarious but sobering book contains approximately $44,000 worth of legal advice from one of the top lawyers in the country. If only I had read this book first." (Montel Williams)

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    Becky Auburn, NY, USA 05-14-07
    Becky Auburn, NY, USA 05-14-07
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    "What the book is really about"

    Plan and simple. This book will not recommend ways to better relate to some one you care about. It will list many reasons NOT to get married, and very few reasons as to why you should get married. It offers NO advice as to how to fix what is currently wrong with a relationship. Do not give this as a wedding gift, but it would be good to give to someone contemplating a divorce.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Milford, DE, USA 09-15-06
    Ginger Milford, DE, USA 09-15-06
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    "Currently Going Through a Divorce"

    I am currently going through a divorce and found this audiobook absolutely WONDERFUL! The author is very intersting and the content was useful. This would be a great gift for any young person even contemplating marriage. They may indeed change their mind!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T.L. BONDURANT, IA, United States 12-03-08
    T.L. BONDURANT, IA, United States 12-03-08 Member Since 2004
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    "good material with a few caveats"

    Interesting material. It's not for or against marriage, but rather a sobering perspective on what you are getting into when you say "I do." It's not boring, as the legal material is interspersed among stories from both the author and others. Overall, this book made a good, if not outstanding, listen as the hours along I-80 continued for what seemed like eternity.

    My two complaints would be the lower production value and the reader. The production value is not as good as it should be. The sound volume fluctuates periodically and you can occasionally hear the reader turning papers...Now the reader...He wrote a good book, but he isn't a professional voice and it really shows. He's not horrible, just not good. I strongly recommend listening to the sample before buying this book to make sure you are okay with his reading.

    Other than that, listen and learn...



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Garden Grove, CA, USA 11-04-06
    Stuart Garden Grove, CA, USA 11-04-06
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    "I recommend this to everyone"

    In the many years I have listened to audio books - this is one of the best. This guy really 'nails' it. The information is not just complete but at times moving. The delievery is well paced and easily understandable. This is a must hear for anyone going into or moving out of a relationship. This has positively changed my life and I remain grateful to the author. This audio book is long but really worth it and it's not boring but interesting, well paced and complete. Wow!!! Thank you Mr. Barondess.

    Sincerely, Stuart

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-13-12
    Christy Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-13-12
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    "Entertaining, but not $600 advice"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're looking for entertaining thoughts on marriage and divorce, you might enjoy the ruminations of celebrities; Mr. Barondess is rather fond of name dropping.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Barondess’s story?

    Although this book was enjoyable, it wasn't anything close to providing serious, straightforward $600 legal advice. There was nothing I didn't already know. (Example: the best advice to avoid divorce? Don't get married.) If this is the kind of thing he's charging $600/hour for, might as well go with the cheap divorce lawyer.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Barondess?

    Mark was a fine reader; he was enjoyable to listen to. The production quality was fairly low. You could hear papers shuffling, a handful of mis-reads and startovers, and some weird pronunciations. But I wouldn't disregard the audiobook for that reason.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Blah. Okay to listen to, but I got nothing out of it. If you marry the right person, you can be happy. If you don't, divorce is miserable. No surprises here.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kourosh Los angeles, CA, USA 06-17-09
    Kourosh Los angeles, CA, USA 06-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read before you get married"

    Take his advise very seriously. I have experienced everything he says personally.
    I was hoping for some legal advise but it's missing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    robert AMHERST, NY, United States 11-28-12
    robert AMHERST, NY, United States 11-28-12
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    "A MUST LISTEN"
    What did you love best about What Were You Thinking??

    Getting divorced you need this


    What other book might you compare What Were You Thinking? to and why?

    don't know


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Material Money


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A smile and a oh sh-t


    Any additional comments?

    a must

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle,WA. 08-14-12
    Amazon Customer Seattle,WA. 08-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good advice. Somewhat harsh as the truth often is."
    Where does What Were You Thinking? rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Middle


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Victoria's Secret purchases being brought up in a divorce..lol


    Which character ??? as performed by Mark Barondess ??? was your favorite?

    Not sure I had a favorite character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Good advice but be warned it's brutally honest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Scranton, PA, United States 01-22-12
    Jason Scranton, PA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good General Information"

    If you are considering marriage I would recommend this book. It will give you a good solid introduction. It will also let you know your pre-marriage options: careful screening of spouse, back-ground checks, and pre-nuptials (or "the life-jacket" as the author describes it).

    If you are currently going through a divorce you may also find this book helpful. The author describes the importance of selecting a good attorney, how to manage your attorney once you have one, and the various and sundry details one must know while going through this difficult process.

    If you have already been divorced and are considering re-marriage then you will probably find this book an empathetic shoulder to cry on.

    There are drawbacks. The reader is poor. He mis-speaks many times and then pauses and slowly repeats the sentence. This annoys. Many of the speakers the author brings in (Louis Black, Montel Williams, Gene Simmons) add an oddball view on marriage -- relevant only to a few.

    The author also has a tendency to go on long diatribes about his dislike of the legal system and recommends that all those who annoy him to "up their dosage."

    In general I think you will find this book helpful. It is hard to get useful information about this important subject. This book will provide much of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 04-24-10
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 04-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Quite informative and even a little entertaining"

    Not exactly a topic for entertainment but I did find it very informative and his style and stories did indeed give some entertainment. I am very glad I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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