Loved that Liz Gilbert narrated her own book. She has such a wonderful voice. Although she is somewhat self-involved, I never tired of listening to her adventures on this book.
I ordered this book based upon the wonderful reviews and my love of "journey" or travel books. I hated it from the start. I felt that the humour was too contrived and silly and the author too self-absorbed. My initial dislike of the author progress so much I couldn't finish the book.
I wasted one of my audible.com credit so I am very disappointed.
Surely among the most enjoyable spiritual books ever written, Eat, Pray, Love serves up hard-won truths that not only ring true, but are fun to experience vicariously. Although Gilbert occasionally verges on emotional excess, she captures the struggle and transformative promise of both daily yogic practice and human relationships. I particularly enjoyed the sections on India and Bali, where Gilbert "hits the wall" of self-confrontation and emerges a happier and more grounded adult. There's much more to take away in this little travel memoir than we've come to expect from the genre.
I Never write reviews, feeling it best for individuals to make their own decision. However, and this is a big however, I am making an exception for this book. Unless you are recently divorced, going through an acrimonious divorce, are bipolar or otherwise mentally challenged, do not buy this book. It has absolutely nothing to do with the title. I thought it sounded wonderful, would never have believed the majority of the book deals with mental problems, divorce etc. Would not have bought it had I "heard" the first 2 chapters. This may not be a politically correct review, but it is realistic.
Well written and entertaining throughout. For me, it felt like I would enjoy it more if I were going through a divorce or other mid-life crisis. The author describes her divorce and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as if they are accurate comparisions for grief and sympathy. I had problems identifying or sympathizing with her at all. If you are going through a divorce or other moderate emotional tragedy in your life, this book may help you cope. If you have had real tragedies in your life, this book may offend you.
This is the one of the worst books I've read, I usually don't bother to review a book if others really like it. But this book, I felt truly was a waste of a credit. If you truly enjoy a person who is so self absorbed. Save your time and money.
Because she said it so much better than I could, I'm stealing Linda from Ocela FL's line: "Unless you are recently divorced, going through an acrimonious divorce, are bipolar or otherwise mentally challenged, do not buy this book."
This author is the most self absorbed, boring person I have ever read. She kept saying she didn't want to talk about her divorce or her husband, but never stoped talking about either. If you want an exhausting purge of a recent divorcee, then eat, love and pray your heart out. Otherwise, read anything else.
Thinking this book was about my beloved Italy and the fast developing India, I was excited to read it. Instead it is the ranting of a self indulgent, narcissitic, left wing spoiled brat. It's awful!
Wanted to know what all the hype was about. It came strongly recommended by many friends of mine. I didn't enjoy this. I liked hearing about the places she traveled, but she was so insecure, it was depressing. Not that great.
This woman was so self centered that I could not stand her. She made it sound like she is the only person who has ever gone through a life-changing divorce and we should all care about her self-indulgent, privileged trip around the world to "heal." Also, this was poorly written with so many similes and metaphors that it was nauseating.
Mostly. She did most of the accents well, but otherwise didn't change her voice much.
Elizabeth. I hated her conceited attitude and self-righteousness.