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After I Do

Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

When Lauren and Ryan's marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart and only one rule: They cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren's ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

©2014 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic reviews

"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." ( Redbook)
"The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story." ( Booklist)
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest - a must-read." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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An easy listen

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and I really enjoyed this book, it is very realistic and will resonate with a lot of people. However, like a lot of books of this type just as the main characters are happy the book ends.

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  • Divya
  • 26-09-15

Ms Reid I am floored.

A simple story told simply. .. no frills or extra fluff and yet so soulful. You know what the end is going to be and yet it keeps you glued till the very last syllable. Three cheers Ms Reid.

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  • Bob
  • 24-06-18

Reminds me of a Hallmark movie

The idea behind the story line is good, however I can’t get over the cheesy dialogue that is not real. The narrator has a bit of whiny voice and did not fit the character. Not a bad beach read

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  • Fosterkit50
  • 29-12-15

Interesting...

Interesting novel. Enjoyed listening, but it wasn't one that I thought about a lot afterwards or made me seek out the author for more.

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  • Dana H.
  • 16-04-19

Hard to listen to

I have loved every Taylor Jenkins Reid book and have enjoyed all the audiobook performances but really struggled with this voice. Too much vocal fry and so affected. Just not attractive or inviting or compelling at all.

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  • Caroline
  • 27-10-15

Really overrated

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. I enjoy chick lit, but this was like a eating a sugar-free piece of hard candy when you were promised Godiva. There's just nothing to it, and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I didn't like Lauren -- I mean, the character was so... blah she almost doesn't merit dislike, but whatever. Ryan: flat. Charlie: flat. Rachel: halfway inflated. I didn't like the family - it felt fake. The grandmother was an attempt at quirky characterization but it felt forced. Ugh, I just can't really articulate what a big pile of nothing good this book is.

If you enjoy witty chick lit with well-developed characters, do not waste your money here.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounded like a chipmunk.

Could you see After I Do being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. There's not enough depth there to sustain a series.

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  • Eun
  • 13-01-20

What constitutes a marriage

What constitutes a marriage? Lauren and Ryan are at a point in theirs where both are unfulfilled, unhappy and unable to reach one another. The couple mutually agree to take a year off from each other with no contact.
Without giving away too much information, both Lauren and Ryan, Unbeknownst to one another,do keep in contact by reading their email files. It is within these missives that each give voice to what they felt lacking in their relationship. It was in these emails Lauren learned Ryan had “found someone”.
This is a must read for any floundering relationship as it rings true. Ms. Reid has hit the bullseye with this heart wrenching novel. My heart broke for Lauren watching her wrestle with her difficult decision.
The audio performance exceeded expectations - well done.
This would make an excellent read for engaged or married couples to realize the importance of maintaining communication.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-19

I needed this book

I didn’t even know what it was about just knew I wanted to read a second book from this author to see if the first book was a fluke. She is not a fluke she is amazing. She writes like no one I have read before. She says what we need to hear but not confrontational. It’s worth the read and you could take some good away with you

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  • Ben Ahrens
  • 26-05-19

Must read

This book discusses so many topics like monogamy, what makes a marriage, love in all its forms, and self worth. The characters are kept somewhat bland but I think it was purposeful because it makes them more relatable. The scenes are so true to life that you feel like it is happening to you. As a married person makes you reflect your own marriage. Highly recommend it is worth the emotional roller coaster

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  • BPiquet
  • 12-05-19

fascinating

This is the like the book equivalent of seeing a car accident on the side of the road, it make you sad but you cannot look away. This book was fascinating, I keep listening because I had to know what would happen, and up until the end I honestly didn't know. Obviously watching them break up is hard (you want to yell at them: "just go to counseling or something"), but then it gets to a whole new level of hard when they being to be okay in their separate lives, and you don't know whether your hoping for them to get back together or stay apart....you wont be able to put it down.

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  • Danielle Randall
  • 06-03-19

Amazing

It’s not often that I write a full review, but this book is AMAZING. It’s funny, it’s sad, and it’s real. If you’re on the fence about listening to it, hop off and give it a try. I think it’s the best book I’ll have listened to/read this year and it’s only March.

Phenomenal.

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