I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly. I see some of these critical reviews and I can't understand what these readers difficulties are. I found this book to be a complete delight and Elizabeth Gilbert to be an introspective, inspirational woman and whose prose I admire tremendously. She made me laugh out loud over and over again and I so enjoyed her sharing her insights with such honesty and clarity that I am in awe. She makes a great case for being exactly who we are, making peace with ourselves, seeing the divine in ourselves. She inspires me to do the same.
I put off buying this book. I thought, "Oh, no! Not another memoir of personal enlightenment!" But then Audible offered it at $10, and I listened to the sample.
A sense of humor was apparent from the first. No whininess and no proselytizing. Elizabeth searches for the things that matter in Italy, India & Indonesia. That she finds all that she needs and wants is a tribute to her heart, strength and openness. Studying at an ashram in India and with a Balinese medicine man, is not possible for most of us. Elizabeth brings them to life and inspired me to think about spirituality. (I'm an atheist.)
She also brings to life the people she meets on her way. Memorable people, and as with Elizabeth, people you'd like to share dinner with & a bottle of wine.
I had to turn up the volume sometimes in the car to hear her, but she has a lovely voice and did a good job of reading her own book. No one else could have read, "go to bed Liz" with the same amount of surprise, delight, absurdity and relief.
Read this book, you won't be disappointed.
This has been an unique experience for me.
This is a fabulous audibook - you won't want it to end! I commend the author for sharing her struggle with depression, and how she reclaimed her life through meditation and the interesting people she met during her travels. This book has history, humor, and hope. It's a wonderful journey that is not to be missed.
This is a wonderful story, and she has a lovely voice. I can't recall enjoying a book more.
Her physical and spiritual journeys are fascinating and inspiring. I don’t want to mimic her journey but she has inspired me to more carefully consider the journey my soul is craving.
Liz, I would love to meet you and thank you personally for your beautiful work.
Once I accepted that the author is somewhat self-absorbed ( a hazzard in the world of personal memoirs) I really enjoyed her adventures around the globe. A great listen, read by the author to boot.
The most positive thing I can write about this book is that Elizabeth Gilbert is a fabulous narrator.
Now for the bad news. I obsessively finish all the books I begin, no matter how difficult, and this book was truly difficult. She is so totally self-absorbed, spoiled in the selfish sense, and narcissistic, that I could barely struggle through the chapters. I read this to discuss with my book group, but to be selfish myself, it was a total waste of time and money.
The only thing I was praying for was the end of this book! I forced myself to finish it, thinking it would get better....it didn't! I just kept thinking there must be something to this book if it had such high ratings and The Oprah loved it, but I could just never find it. The author went into excruciating detail on the most ridiculous things that only she could care about-very boring and slow. Save yourself!
I had great expectations given all of the other reviews but found this book to be one of the most boring I have ever listened to. I was expecting more of a story rather than endless "how I feel ramblings". Pick another book.
I hadn't planned to buy this book -- I don't follow fads -- but I heard the author do a promo spot on NPR for her new book, Committed and she drew me into her story. Eat, Pray, Love is an honest, earthy tale of one woman's very human experience. A few other reviews say the author is "self-absorbed." I find that comment amusing: this is a memoir of self-searching. How can it not be self-absorbed? Even so, Gilbert draws the listener into her story with candor and humor and exotic slices of life that ring every-day true. I'm glad I bought an audiobook -- hearing Ms. Gilbert read her story made it touchingly real. Worth every penny and every listening moment.