I tried to read this a few years back but didn't get into it. The movie was pretty boring. This audiobook was amazing! I will listen to this one again and again. The author reading makes it even better because it's like she is just sitting next to you, telling you a story. Her spiritual journey was a terrific story.
A terrible mistake has been made.
Last week as I prepared to manage my downloaded inventory of audiobooks I found--to my horror--that I had inexplicably purchased a book I am certain I never would have bought if I had been paying the least bit of attention.
_Eat, Pray, Love_. Gack! Just check the title. Is there a better example of pure Chick Lit on the market today? Oof. And the story sounded enough like the one about the the well-to-do Californian woman who moved to Tuscany.... I thought that would be like something from Peter Mayles but it was mostly just Whiney White Woman. I gave it up.
But as I always say, you don't have to be smart, you just have to sit next to Stupid. As I braced myself for this girly excursion (hey, audio books aren't cheap! I wasn't going to just chuck it.), I took up a shorter book that pomised to be lighter, at least.
Oh, it was light, all right. _I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell_ starts out with the pointless exploits of a young lout who drinks, pukes, and fornicates his way through the first chapter. The only thing worse than the writing is the narration by the author. It is the worst I have ever heard.
I found I wasn't laughing at this guy and I wasn't laughing with him either. Where does that leave me? In fairness, I should say it did draw me in somewhat: After the first chapter, I felt like vomiting. Rereading the reviews, I see I had been warned.
Moving on, the Chick Lit wasn't so bad. Actually, pretty good. Better than _Three Cups of Tea_--and probably more truthful. Narrated very well by the author.
Of course, her politics are liberal but that doesn't have much to do with the story so far. (She mentions it, so I mention it.)
Now that I've finished it, I have to say it's pretty good. I didn???t get the goofy title till after I was done: ??Three countries, three themes. Duh.
I always said, a good writer can get you interested in anything. Of course she's a best seller, so who am I to criticize. Some best-sellers are dumb. This turned out smart. And as Gilbert says in her online lecture, this could be her peak. Still, not a bad thing....
Gold is where you find it. This was fun. Grade: ?? A
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I love to listen to to everything from self-help books to Clive Cussler.
I feel certain that Eat, Pray, Love has ruined me for all other audiobooks. I truly loved it.
Liz, was my favorite. I have experienced a lot of the same joys and heartbreaks that she has.
Because Elizabeth wrote the book about her own experiences there was no need to try to
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
I'm on my own spiritual journey, and it's good here, but I would love to be able to travel to do it!!! I loved to travel with Liz for her's! It was so enjoyable. I related personally to the divorce, the grief and the healing, so it was very timely for me. It may not be for others, each of us in our own time. I'm not ready for the romance, dang it, but I'm not travelling as fast through my journey of healing. The narration was good, probably because she was telling her own story, and spoke the languages herself. (I'm jealous) Purely pleasurable listen, and a great story!
Well, it is the title of course, Eat, Pray, Love. Eat in Italy, Pray in India and Love in Indonesia.
Elizabeth herself, the writer.
Yes, it made me laugh out loud. There were serious parts too which were concerning but overall, it left me feeling good.
I highly recommend this book. It's especially relevant to women who've been through a tough time, sought comfort and possibly God. You do not have to be religious to enjoy.
Depressed George Bush haters wanting to hang out with depressed George Bush haters.
Not have written it.
She was as bland as the story.
Anger that I wasted a credit and two days trying to make myself listen. I finally had the sense to let it go.
I realize many have loved this book/movie, but it was not for me. I read fiction to escape the sometimes depressing world around us and from all the political bashing that occurs from every angle and position (both sides, I'm not pointing fingers here!). This book did not do it for me. I couldn't make it to the end, my time is too valuable, but I hope the author is happier these days.
Yes - but I would tell them to skip over
Haven't listened before
Hmm...I'm not sure but I definitely don't think Elizabeth Gilbert was the person to narrate it.
This book is a movie - I am considering renting it.
I really disliked Elizabeth being the narrator. I get it was HER story but she made her story sound really whiny.
I only liked the book after Italy.
be prepared to want change in your own life after reading/listening this book.
can say I enjoyed the second one as much...but this one is worth a listen!
It's entirely possible that the effect this book had on me was a case of
I was listening to the author at the start of this book thinking,