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The People We Hate at the Wedding Audiobook

The People We Hate at the Wedding

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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a bonus interview with the author and his editor.

Relationships are awful. They'll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life.

Paul and Alice's half sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at "it" restaurants, and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. They couldn't hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan's mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her 30s, single, smart, beautiful, and stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother, Paul, lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who's recently been saying things like "monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct" while eyeing undergrads. And then there's Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna's first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John, and a postcollege life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she's infuriatingly kind and decent.

As this estranged clan gathers together and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty, and surprisingly tender audiobook you'll listen to this year.

©2017 Grant Ginder (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Family dysfunction at its best. This novel is addicting and entertaining and I couldn't put it down!" (Jennifer Close, New York Times best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls)

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    Cookie Cleveland USA 07-09-17
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    "Family drama worth reading"

    Instagram introduced me to this book and author and I'm so glad it did. I was invested in the story from the start and I had to keep listening to find out more. Mr. Ginder did an amazing job of bringing the best out of flawed characters. In the process, I could find bits of myself in each one.
    Do yourself a favor and read, or listen, to this book today!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Makenzie 06-22-17
    Makenzie 06-22-17
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    "It had potential."

    With so much family strife, you would have thought there would have been way more drama. It ended up being kind of boring. The narrators weren't great and I lost interest.

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    Arqueologa United States 07-18-17
    Arqueologa United States 07-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Such a great book"

    I know that a lot of the reviews express disappointment that the characters aren't likable, it's not a fun little beach read, etc. etc. Whatever. The characters in this book are complicated and real, and the family dynamics are refreshingly raw without being tragic or overwrought. If you want the audiobook version of a Hallmark movie, you won't like this book. I am averse to saccharine, and I loved it.

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    Ruthi 07-09-17
    Ruthi 07-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny & warming"

    This book is so so funny! I loved it; it has just enough serious moments to make the laugh out loud moments just that much more awesome. 5/5; will enjoy again!

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    alyssa 06-27-17
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    "Performance ruined the audible experience"

    Longtime listener and big fan of Audible but the narration on this was so bad -- distracting, affected, annoying -- I had to ditch it for the kindle version.

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    James Seattle, WA, USA 06-26-17
    James Seattle, WA, USA 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Blech."
    What would have made The People We Hate at the Wedding better?

    I wanted to like this so much -- the title is great. Sadly, the title is still my favorite part. There's so much potential here -- we've all been to really fraught and wretched family weddings (or I assume we all have...). I had read others' reviews about how unlikable all of these characters are but didn't think it would bother me. It did. This is a nasty, snarky group of people without any clear redeeming qualities. It would be one thing if the book were sharp and satirical but it isn't. By the end, the book seems to want us to feel sympathy for this family and it's pretty impossible. Not only is the family really unpleasant, none of them are particularly well-drawn. I kept going because I wanted to like it so much. I had hoped for the kind of wit I found in Julian Fellowes book "Snobs". I finished it because I kept waiting for something, well, fabulous to happen.


    What could Grant Ginder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This would have been a great chapter of a much longer book -- there are about 30 pages of a story here.


    What aspect of Dan Bittner and Khristine Hvam ’s performance would you have changed?

    I couldn't tell if I disliked their performances (please don't do accents if you really can't do them) or if I just disliked the book. Sadly the answer was both. If the book is meant to be funny then please pick up the reading pace -- both readers had a really languorous pace which made the book even less funny and more tedious. There was an endless scene about kayaking that was made far worse by a slow and luxurious pace.


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    Melanee C. 10-09-17
    Melanee C. 10-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "No one is likeable"

    My biggest problem with this book was that there was not one likeable character! It is very hard to enjoy a book when not only do you not care about what happens to the characters, but you kind of wish something bad would happen to them. I really just wanted this book to end. The performance of the narrator was excellent. It was just a bad story.

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    Amazon Customer 10-03-17
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    "wouldn't have made it if was not read for bookclub"

    really the first time I struggled with both narrators.

    story was shallow and oblverly sensationalized for effect

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    Quira Gangi 08-31-17
    Quira Gangi 08-31-17
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    "Plot was kind of boring"

    The plot was not super interesting and the characters, although pretty relatable, were not very likeable in my opinion. The 2 narrators did the best with what they had, but the female's voice sounded bored half the time.

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    Melissa Bowra Virginia 08-12-17
    Melissa Bowra Virginia 08-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste your time."

    I tried for three days, which was six round trips to and from work to get into this book. I forced myself to listen to it and it was awful.

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