I loved this book for many reasons. First, the writing style is easy and instantly engaging. Second, I loved that the author is also the narrator. Elizabeth Gilbert shares a very personal story which I think is made even more personal by having her narrate it herself. I was fascinated at how she was able to tear herself out of one life and go on an incredible journey to transform her life into something completely different.
Her writing is very descriptive so I felt as if I was IN Italy with her eating that amazing pizza and like I was IN India with her -- but without the mosquitoes and oppressive humidity... And I don't ever expect to visit Indonesia but I do feel as if I have "seen" some of it through Elizabeth Gilbert's eyes. I simply loved this book and loved reading about an incredible journey of self-transformation, self-discovery, and self-realization.
And if you saw the movie THE BOOK IS SO SO SO MUCH BETTER!!!!
Christian, wife, mother, GRANDMOTHER and nurse. I love audible because it allows me to do two things at once: 'read' & exercise or . . .
This book has two memorable moments. The imagery was just magical. The first was a description of watching two souls dance and intermingle in the starry night sky. The second was about the comfort and peace of being cradled in God's hand. These images have stayed with me since finishing the book and I find comfort and awe and inspiration when I contemplate upon them. I don't read books twice, but II am listening to this book for the second time. The inflections in the authors' voice create approachability and creditable believability. I would recommend this for everyone' reading list, the skeptic and the mature, male and female, young and not so young, There is something for everyone to relate too at whatever point of live your find yourself in.
I read the book many years ago and found it rather dull, but recently saw and enjoyed the movie, so I thought I'd try the audio version this time. Really fantastic! I also purchased her other book Committed, but as it's more anthropological than biographical, this one is much more interesting and engaging. I also find that authors that read their own material GENERALLY do a better job narrating as they are more emotionally attached to the work. A great read and listen!
I thought I would really, really enjoy this story. By the time I got to the third part, I was starting to loose interest. I did like the overall story, and enjoyed following her journey from complete despair to rebuilding her life.
good overall feel good story, with drama sprinkled in here and there. a lot of times, i found myself saying, "okay, i get it. i know what you're trying to say already, let's move on now..."
narration is okay, i like when it comes from the author themselves, and she did a good job.
Yeah, so . . .it's a bit indulgent, maybe even Hedonistic . . .yeah, so? It's a great read about something we've all fantasized about - RUNNING AWAY! (Oh, yes, you have!)
The book had the potential to be good, however the author inserted her political agenda unnecessarily into the story line. This became to much of a distraction and I could not finish. My advise to all authors is to stay away from politics unless you are writing that type of book. She could have easily left politics out of this and it would have not affected the story.
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.