This is the first audiobook I listened to in its entirety. I started listening to it when I started running and I would lose track of time and distance, which says a lot for a beginner runner.
I enjoyed the fact that the author herself narrated the book. I loved her impressions of the accents of the people she met and I felt like it had more meaning coming from her. The 12 hours or so flew by.
I recommend this audiobook to all of my friends. I will probably listen again sometime in the near future.
A shallow travelogue by a self-centered, narcissistic, would-be princess. Maybe I should have seen the movie instead since I almost always like Julia Roberts, but this audio turned me off so badly, I guess I'll skip the movie. Darn.
I had very low expectations for this book and was so overly surprised. I'd heard it was a poorly written, superficial tale of rich woman's luxurious soul-searching vacation -- not at all! Gilbert tells a beautiful, real story about admitting to failure, letting go of grief, discovering joy, and understanding the human spirit. Plus she's funny. It makes me sad for readers (er, listeners) who see this book as a boring "sob story," asserting that Gilbert is self-absorbed and unable to relate to. They must really be out of touch with their human condition -- not to get too out-there, but seriously. What Gilbert experiences and depicts is hard-hitting to anyone who has struggled with depression or searched for a connection deeper than what most of us live with today. And easy read, sure, and admittedly very concerned with the "I" narration. But self-centered? Only if Walden Pond can also be called self-centered and boring...!
What's all the hype? I loved her TED talk so I bought this book. I am very disappointed. I find this to be boring, self-indulgent and uninspiring. I was unable to make it more than 1/3 of the way through.
Of course, it is much better than the movie...an interesting journey of enlightenment and wisdom. I wish that I had the funds to take a year off and follow that same type of path, so it is a bit unrealistic, but enjoyable. Parts of the book dragged a little, but overall I enjoyed the journey. It wasn't one of those that I had to keep listening until it was finished. The details are more in a journal format, than a story with a plot. It lets you in on many inner struggles that the author is having and I think that people in similar struggles will relate more than others. The narration was good, not often are the authors that great as narrators.
If you are not prepared to listen to the author go on and on about yoga and meditation, Hinduism, Buddhism, then bypass this book. I got so tired of the preachiness of her transcendental experiences that I just had to quit. This book should be in the religions section. This is only the second book that I just gave up on, ever. As a Christian I tried very hard to keep an open mind, but I just couldn't take it anymore.
I like this book, she wrote about her experiences, and difficulties, good moments and other bad one. what I didn't like, was the over description and extensive details, about little tiny stuff, which no one will be interested to hear or to know about them, and a lot synonyms. overall it was a good book :D
This book was a very interesting look at someone else's very personal spiritual and literal journey in life. The author herself narrates and I believe the book was better for it. Definitely worth the time of someone who is considering their own relationship to the universe. People of all beliefs could find parts of this book that could provide them with insight.