Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give

Narrated by: Ada Calhoun
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by her wildly popular New York Times essay "The Wedding Toast I'll Never Give", Ada Calhoun provides a funny (but not flip), smart (but not smug) take on the institution of marriage. Weaving intimate moments from her own married life with frank insight from experts, clergy, and friends, she upends expectations of total marital bliss to present a realistic - but ultimately optimistic - portrait of what marriage is really like. There will be fights, there will be existential angst, there may even be affairs; sometimes you'll look at the person you love and feel nothing but rage. Despite it all, Calhoun contends, staying married is easy: Just don't get divorced.

Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give offers bracing straight talk to the newly married and honors those who have weathered the storm. This exploration of modern marriage is at once wise and entertaining, a work of unexpected candor and literary grace.

©2017 Ada Calhoun (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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fun, sometimes profound, lackluster performance

Full of surprising insights. Very honest. Sometimes hilarious. Read with a disappointing singsong rhythm, like she was bored with the whole thing.

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I have an aversion to doing what everyone else is doing. That’s why I’ve never seen Star Wars, The Terminator, or the Die Hard series of movies. It’s why I don’t have purple circle shaped bruises all over my back, or all the hair lasered off my body. And I couldn’t name for you a single song off the Hamilton soundtrack. It’s also why I am only now reading this book. I regret none of those decisions save one. I should have read this very necessary book much sooner. I believe it has saved me from divorce from so much more than my seemingly failing marriage, and brought me back to myself. Thank you for your brutally polite and beautiful honesty, Ada Calhoun. No exclamation point, because I truly mean it. xo

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anecdotal observational humorous real marriage

Quick, entertaining, insightful "read". Well and dryly narrated. No holds barred in a approachable way.

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 12-31-18

Very honest

This is a great, honest reflection on the realities of marriage. A lot of it will strike a chord and bring a wry smile, but a lot of good advice too.

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  • hellojoanie
  • 08-09-17

Humorous very perceptive

I love that the author narrated her own book. Although I am not married I have been living with my partner for almost 20 years and relate very strongly to this book. We too have had our ups and downs, yet are still together. A book for anyone interested in relationships.

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  • 01-14-20

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this to a degree, and I feel that it will have practical application, but I wasn’t rocked by it. It was pleasant and I enjoyed it. Maybe I’ll revisit after another 10 years of marriage!