I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly. I see some of these critical reviews and I can't understand what these readers difficulties are. I found this book to be a complete delight and Elizabeth Gilbert to be an introspective, inspirational woman and whose prose I admire tremendously. She made me laugh out loud over and over again and I so enjoyed her sharing her insights with such honesty and clarity that I am in awe. She makes a great case for being exactly who we are, making peace with ourselves, seeing the divine in ourselves. She inspires me to do the same.
This is a fabulous audibook - you won't want it to end! I commend the author for sharing her struggle with depression, and how she reclaimed her life through meditation and the interesting people she met during her travels. This book has history, humor, and hope. It's a wonderful journey that is not to be missed.
Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
This is my 1st review in Audible even thought I've been a member for a few years now.
I found this book surpringly refreshing, candid and insightful. Ms. Gilbert writes openly about her experiences after a difficult divorce and her journey to rediscover herself and her true identity by traveling to three countries in search of Pleasure, Spirituality and Love. Eat, Pray,Love is the quintessential mid-life search for meaning and purpose that so many people faced at some point in their lives. I downloaded the 1st chapter to Committed (Ms. Gilbert's 2nd Memoir) and found it so interesting that I decided to start with the 1st book in order to understand her story better. I also liked her voice and thought that her narration was excellent. Highly recommended!!!
I have mixed feelings about this book. While I enjoyed and have benefited from the various right-on-target one-liners that emerged periodically from the mouths of the many colorful characters, I found the "journey" of this politically correct, entitled woman of privilege to be a histrionic exercise in self-absorption. Her choice of countries based on the letter "I" is most telling. All about "me". It's one of those deceptive narratives that gives the illusion of intimacy yet comes off as shallow and self-serving.
In spite of all her enterprises into enlightenment, the end of the book brings her no closer to resolving her issues with the men in her life - relationships that are many years in the past. And how does she end up? What has she learned? She ends up paired with another flawed human being from whom she will have to discover all over again how to detach. Perhaps at another five-star ashram? Raising another pile of money to throw at one, just one, needy subject?
She needs to discover that spritual solvency is not somewhere "out there" but inside.
I put off buying this book. I thought, "Oh, no! Not another memoir of personal enlightenment!" But then Audible offered it at $10, and I listened to the sample.
A sense of humor was apparent from the first. No whininess and no proselytizing. Elizabeth searches for the things that matter in Italy, India & Indonesia. That she finds all that she needs and wants is a tribute to her heart, strength and openness. Studying at an ashram in India and with a Balinese medicine man, is not possible for most of us. Elizabeth brings them to life and inspired me to think about spirituality. (I'm an atheist.)
She also brings to life the people she meets on her way. Memorable people, and as with Elizabeth, people you'd like to share dinner with & a bottle of wine.
I had to turn up the volume sometimes in the car to hear her, but she has a lovely voice and did a good job of reading her own book. No one else could have read, "go to bed Liz" with the same amount of surprise, delight, absurdity and relief.
Read this book, you won't be disappointed.
This has been an unique experience for me.
I am seduced by this book. The revealing first chapters portraying the depths of the authors despair slip beguilingly into the ecstasy obtained from Ms Gilbert's quest for a life lived well. Her search for inner "peace with passion" shows in her scandalous conversations within herself to a God she is only just getting to know. A God with simple direct answers to her burning questions. "I am here, I will always be here .....Go to bed Liz" I listen to many books and repeat few of them. This is one work however that I will have to listen to again in the hope that once again, like a voyeur, I can be drawn into the intimacy of a human heart searching for and finding it's maker.
This is a wonderful story, and she has a lovely voice. I can't recall enjoying a book more.
Her physical and spiritual journeys are fascinating and inspiring. I don’t want to mimic her journey but she has inspired me to more carefully consider the journey my soul is craving.
Liz, I would love to meet you and thank you personally for your beautiful work.
Once I accepted that the author is somewhat self-absorbed ( a hazzard in the world of personal memoirs) I really enjoyed her adventures around the globe. A great listen, read by the author to boot.
The most positive thing I can write about this book is that Elizabeth Gilbert is a fabulous narrator.
Now for the bad news. I obsessively finish all the books I begin, no matter how difficult, and this book was truly difficult. She is so totally self-absorbed, spoiled in the selfish sense, and narcissistic, that I could barely struggle through the chapters. I read this to discuss with my book group, but to be selfish myself, it was a total waste of time and money.
What really stands out abot this book is how accelerated the main character is. Unfortunately, that drives her into a very early mid-life or existential crisis which she handles by upending her life which is exactly what she needs to do. So we travel with through this confusing, depressing, empowering, and joyful time.
Very intelligent book with important insights particularly for women. A lot of reviewers are very critical of this book due to the fact that she is so successful and decides to give up on a brand of success not many people get, Finding meaning in your life, though, is not a superfluous need but a very important one.