I have listened to hundreds of books and have never before written a negative review. I held my nose through the first two parts, thinking that surely she could not end up the same pathetic human she started out as (plus, I paid for this book and I was going to listen to it). She treats you to at least an hour (and then comes back to the subject several times) of why it's OK she doesn't want a baby. We're all HAPPY you're not having one, OK? Move on, already. She falls apart over the most minor, self-inflicted, personal problems, and treats listeners to repeated dissections of them. This is juxtaposed with limitless descriptions and examples of her otherwise fabulousness. I am almost to the end, and I quit listening when it struck me that she was not going to grow or change during the course of this book, even though that is supposed to be the point of her travels. It is, unfortunately, about a trivial and self-absorbed year in the life of a trivial and self-absorbed icky person.
There were some parts of this book that I loved and many parts where I felt she went on a bit. Over all the book had a good message. I as an audio book, that she shouldn't have read it herself. Not that she has a bad voice... but it just wasn't engaging... perhaps someone who was a little less removed from the story would have added to the audio book.
Overall, it was just Okay.
I felt as if I was this writer's therapist. After several hours I was really tired of hearing her whine on and on about her divorce. Get over it or get therapy. I give it one star for its great description of Italian food (and Audible does not allow zero stars). This book came recommended by a few friends, but none of them had gone past the Italian story when they recommended reading this book, and most of them have not finished reading it. I have finished listening and I am sad to have wasted my credits and happy to be done with this book.
I'm rather disappointed that I listened to "Oprah" on this one. It bored me to tears. I did force myself to finish it, just in case it picked up, but it never did. I'd save my money.
I could not finish this book. The author whines and complains and denies herself pleasure and then over indulges. Must be nice to be rich enough to travel the world and complain how awful your life is. Few of us have that luxury, so I'm not sympathetic with this author's plight. Want to know who you are? Go check the mail box and see who's name is there.
Say something about yourself!
Sorry, cannot recommend this book or audiobook. She really is so self-centered and, by the end, frustrating in her "all about me, me, ME!" The romance part is particularly annoying, especially her obsession with how much that man adores her. Ugh.