Although Rob Lowe makes for a lovely narrator, I often felt that he was grasping at straws to make the reader understand just how wonderful and talented he is. The beginning started off well enough, and his stories of his family are the most interesting part. However, Rob Lowe begins to spiral into a name dropping, uninteresting chronicle of his successes. I found myself wishing that I was listening to an audiobook narrated by Lowe, but written by someone else. Overall, it wasnt a horrible listen, but not a great story, and I don't find myself going to listen to it again.
Though I enjoyed this book, I would not necessarily recommend it to all those who loved Eat, Pray, Love. This is because this book is more of an anthropological exploration of marriage rather than a memoir. This book is essentially Gilbert combining things she learns about the institution of marriage with her views as she tries to reconcile the two before her own wedding. There were a plethora of interesting facts and stories, and I really enjoyed it, but dont expect part two of Eat, Pray, Love.
I personally love memoirs told by the author, and I was blown away by Gilbert's narration style. She has a very conversational tone, and I adore the timbre of her voice. I highly recommend this book for those who are seeking a spiritual journey. She has an interesting view of spirituality, but doesn't thrust her views onto the reader, as the book is a memoir of her journey through Italy, India and Bali. On the way she meets a colorful variety of new friends, all with a different perspective that gently shift her on her trip. I loved this book, and I listen to it all the time when I need a calm voice in my ear to say "I've been there". Please download this book, you will love it.
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