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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (235 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin L. Smith Narrator: Robin L. Smith Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781401385057
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In her bestselling book, Dr. Robin L. Smith reveals how to turn vows made at the altar into realistic plans for a long and happy marriage.

For those who are about to walk down the aisle, for those who are already married, and for those contemplating a deeper commitment, Dr. Robin Smith’s Lies at the Altar addresses the unspoken needs, unasked questions, outrageous expectations, and hidden agendas that damage relationships. By examining traditional, nondenominational wedding vows, Dr. Robin shows how to use them to build a happy, healthy, satisfying, and long-lasting marriage—the kind of marriage many of us have never even imagined.

With moving stories and personal anecdotes, Dr. Robin reveals why it’s vital to keep one’s eyes wide open in a marriage, how to write rules to live by, and why it’s never too late to rewrite wedding vows. Especially useful are her 276 Questions to Ask Before You Marry, which will open new lines of communication and help couples to create their own Truth—the secret ingredient to any great marriage.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/13/2014

    " This should be a must read for all couples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yulia | 2/13/2014

    " Great book...every woman (and man) should read it......very useful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger Scaife | 2/5/2014

    " I don't drink the Oprah kool-aid, but I found this book to be very practical and useful. It had unique ideas and concepts that I hadn't thought about before. I also like the phrase "show up as a grown up." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/31/2014

    " I really am enjoying this book. Brings a lot of insite into all types of relationships and just as the title implies, there are a lot of lies told at the altar. I feel confident as a newly wed, but have found good advice and things to think about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 1/24/2014

    " I thought the start of the book was just giving people excuses to get a divorce. I was listening to this book and I kept thinking as depressed Robin Smith sounded. I think she needs to stop being negative and eats some carbs. Overall, the author states the obvious at times and is over dramatic... read the book if you need an excuse out of a relationship.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/9/2014

    " Dr. Smith gets right to the point in this must read book for anyone seriously considering marriage. Too many people romanticize marriage to the point that they never talk with their partner about the major points of a partnership; the issues that often times are causes for divorce. There is an actual list of issues to go through so that you and your partner can incite conversation on serious issues that otherwise may not have come up. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/3/2014

    " This author "tells it like it is." I liked her examples and ideas. The questions are helpful for those who are considering marriage or those who are married and wish to discuss them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 agatha | 12/16/2013

    " one of the book that people in relationship have to read so they can enter their relationship with an open eye n mind "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 suzy | 11/29/2013

    " I love Dr. Robin, so sensible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lsuliv | 10/19/2013

    " There's a very good list of questions in here worth asking your significant other before you get engaged. Otherwise, the author seems to have been motivated by a bitter experience to write this and is perhaps too religion-based for the average joe (or jane). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/6/2013

    " I'm definitely not a self-help book reader. This book was given to me by a friend when I got engaged in 2005. I didn't read it until now (2009). I was nodding the whole time I read it. It has some good, common sense relationship advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Perencevic | 9/28/2013

    " good for anyone, in any stage of their love (single, married, engaged) who is interested in having an authentic relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jleigh | 9/19/2013

    " Awesome book for those married / hoping to get married and have a solid relationship. Author has many exercises for couples and questions, not intuitively though about when discussing getting married/relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 9/12/2013

    " Great book to those thinking about getting married or already married. Talks a lot about being completely honest about who you are to your significant other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 6/12/2013

    " i liked the anecdotes the author gave from her practice. had some good insights, but a lot of it was common sense. didn't try the marriage exercises she gave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 10/26/2012

    " Nothing spectacular, but a good view on marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goddesshollylighter | 10/8/2012

    " i got this book before we got married to "not think its honeymoon forever" it was helpful and then i realized DAMN we dont need this book we've been through ALOT being together for 8 YEARS before we got engaged haha "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/20/2012

    " Going to finish this book and have some deep thoughts w/Jack Handy about my impending nuptuals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raina | 2/17/2012

    " This had some good information about sustaining a positive relationship with a spouse, but it was a tad bit extreme sometimes. All in all decent advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antoinette | 8/6/2011

    " I finished about 2/3 of it. They should have had someone besides the author narrate the audio version. She seemed like she was reading someone else's book instead of her own. That took away from the essence of the book, but it was otherwise okay. Good relationship pointers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Brown | 7/22/2011

    " awesome book...for anyone- in a relationship or not, married or not. I was hooked- I don't normally read a lot, or finish a book fast, but this one I read in a couple of days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Tychek | 4/7/2011

    " Perfect book to read prior to marriage. Allows you to explore many topics prior to marriage! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/18/2011

    " This is a book that I will revisit again and again. A great look at the psychology of marriages and unmet expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saroum | 1/4/2011

    " Many truths about getting married, marriage, and self. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 10/19/2010

    " The only two books I read about marriage before getting married were this one - recommended by my friend's friend - and Shalom in the Home by Shmuley Boteach. I think they were just enough. Smith is very direct and I appreciated that. I will buy it as an engagement gift someday I'm sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/16/2010

    " good for anyone, in any stage of their love (single, married, engaged) who is interested in having an authentic relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 7/6/2010

    " Great book to those thinking about getting married or already married. Talks a lot about being completely honest about who you are to your significant other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/23/2009

    " I'm definitely not a self-help book reader. This book was given to me by a friend when I got engaged in 2005. I didn't read it until now (2009). I was nodding the whole time I read it. It has some good, common sense relationship advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/4/2009

    " I really am enjoying this book. Brings a lot of insite into all types of relationships and just as the title implies, there are a lot of lies told at the altar. I feel confident as a newly wed, but have found good advice and things to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelin | 9/30/2009

    " Great insights on things to look out for prior to marriage, but also ways to be realistic and insightful throughout a long relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 8/7/2009

    " I don't drink the Oprah kool-aid, but I found this book to be very practical and useful. It had unique ideas and concepts that I hadn't thought about before. I also like the phrase "show up as a grown up." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 8/4/2009

    " Omg, this is the best book I've ever read about marriage!! It's funny how we are brought up thinking some things about marriage and men, to only find out after various failed relationships or marriages, that we don't really have to take all the bull crap!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 5/13/2009

    " Nothing spectacular, but a good view on marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/7/2009

    " This author "tells it like it is." I liked her examples and ideas. The questions are helpful for those who are considering marriage or those who are married and wish to discuss them. "

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About the Author

Robin L. Smith, MD became the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of NeoStem effective June 2, 2006, after first joining the Company as Chairman of its Advisory Board in September 2005. Dr. Smith is the President and serves on the Board of Directors of The Stem for Life Foundation. Dr. Smith received a medical degree from Yale University in 1992 and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School in 1997.