Great book. Great narration. Even if you've already seen the movie, this would be a good read as there is a lot of good fun that didn't make it into the movie.
I waited a long time before listening to this book, since it had the potential to be something life-changing: a journey to insight and wisdom by someone with the literary skill to share it movingly with the rest of us. I waited, because it also had the potential to be a glorified travelogue by someone with the wherewithal and privilege to do the "year off" thing at mid-life, when the rest of us are supporting children, parents, or spouses. To my everlasting disappointment, I found only the latter. Although she hints throughout the book that she gained something deep and everlasting, I wasn't able to find it in her narrative. All in all, a charming travelogue, in lovely writing, that veers into off-putting narcissism from time to time. Recommended for the 'under 30' set.
So many women told me that this was the best book EVER and that I HAD TO READ IT!!!
After choking down half of it, I'd had enough (and I did actually slam the book down with that exclamation), I am still left to wonder why it has been so often hyped. The main character is a self-centered, exhausting, needy person, aren't there enough of those people in everyday life without having to read about it? It could have been written by a teenager with good writing skills. She is unlikeable and emotionally immature.
If it helps people on their spiritual journey, fabulous. I know I probably come off as a jerk, but although I have had my own share of life's ups and downs, I just cannot identify with the author. It's just not the book for me.
I have heard a lot of good things about this book and was very disappointed in it. I found it to be pretty boring. The author did a lot of talking about herself. There were parts that were ok, but I got tired of so many details about everything that when on in her mind. Get over yourself honey, your life isn't that interesting!
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.