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
"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)
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take his advise very seriously. I have experienced everything he says personally.
I was hoping for some legal advise but it's missing.
The best decision I make in my divorce, was to fire my lawyer after 24 hrs, represent myself, and hire a consultant lawyer; for me taking charge produced the desired outcome. Know what you want from your council.
PS: my Ex is a lawyer
A little too fast, and my sofware would not let me slow him down by 10%
Getting divorced you need this
A smile and a oh sh-t
Victoria's Secret purchases being brought up in a divorce..lol
Not sure I had a favorite character.
Good advice but be warned it's brutally honest.
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.
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