Do we really need to know every detail about her thoughts on marriage? This book was self indulgent to put it mildly. Yes, I understand, she has issues with marriage, but enough is enough. Eat, Pray, Love was interesting and relatable. But she really should have stopped there.
This is a pleasant audiobook. It's not as insightful or enjoyable as Eat, Pray, Love, but a few of the chapters are quite funny. Gilbert does not offer any new insights into marriage, and she does not touch the inherent sexism of the institution, but she does a decent job navel gazing.
Committed is a honest and informative read which is the continuation of the story of Liz's relationship with Felipe from the monumental best seller Eat, Pray, Love. It combats the whimsical idea of happily-ever-after by providing insight into making happiness and companionship last after that initial burning of loves penetrating arrow becomes merely an annoying sting. I find this to be a refreshing "love" story which every woman should read to help bring reality to their own love fantasy.
I recently got married, so I think I found this story more fascinating then at any other time in my life. If you are recently married or interested in the evolution of marriage, what "causes" divorces and women's rights this is a good read.
An excellent writer. When she is telling her story, she is wonderful. When she is discussing the history of marriage or editorializing, I found myself losing interest.
Its no eat pray love but what it is in its own right is something equally edifying. Its the journey a woman takes to find commitment in a world where there are no role models for the role she identifies with. It teaches you to be your won damn pioneer!
Liz Gilbert has researched marriaged so extensively, filling the reader with almost an overload of information - stuff you never thought you needed to know - facts you never knew you needed. All the practical and the not-so practical - all the romantic and the not-so-romantic - the guts and glory - and finally the bottom line. A wonderful read (listen), Liz Gilbert shares personal love and committment with sanity and humor.
I enjoyed Ms. Gilbert's narration of her own work (though, Liz, if you ever read this, the correct pronunciation of Laotian is lay-OH-shun, not low-AY-shun; drove me nuts every time I heard it - very distracting). Aside from that gaffe, the inflection and nuance her narration brought to the story enriched it in a way that another narrator would not have been able to do. That being said, I was only partially engaged and drawn into the story and not immersed as I had hoped to be. There were parts that seemed redundant or wordy or irrelevant and, as another reviewer observed, the word "moreover" was used far too frequently (which also drove me nuts each time I heard it. Where are the editors?). Her references about the history of marriage quite were enlightening, and aside from the few nitty things noted above, Ms. Gilbert still writes with wit, charm and a forthrightness that I enjoy.