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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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Drama and cattiness at its worse

I could not get through the first chapter of this book. It wasn't the narrator's fault. The story was just awful.

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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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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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Uggghhh

This was not good... The narration was horrible and the story was very weak. A bunch of whiny people that are so very sad and pitiful. Impossible to like any of them. I could barely get through it. Don’t waste a credit!

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Unlikeable Characters with Unbelievable Motivation

Everyone in this books is ridiculous. All of the characters either lack any base empathy, or are obsessed with their empathy and how they should be rewarded for it. Every time the narration switched over to another character's perspective, I would first be happy to get a break from the bleak story of the previous character, only to be annoyed by the new character and their petty motivations. If the characters had at least been terrible in an interesting way, the book might not have been such a waste. As it stands, I wish I had spent those 11 hours listening to anything else.

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  • Ruthi
  • On a Mountain In Oregon
  • 07-09-17

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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  • James
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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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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!!

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Hooked and Interested Till The Very End

I loved it. Quite an unexpected turnaround. Got teary eyed at the end by Eloise.
Kept looking forward to my car rides so I could continue listening.

I loved the performances it really made the book come alive in a way.