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Committed Audiobook

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

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Publisher's Summary

At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both were survivors of previous bad divorces. Enough said.)

But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which - after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing - gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving into this topic completely, trying with all her might to discover through historical research, interviews, and much personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is.

Told with Gilbert's trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to "turn on all the lights" when it comes to matrimony, frankly examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition, social expectations, divorce risks, and humbling responsibilities. Gilbert's memoir is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.

©2010 Elizabeth Gilbert; (P)2010 Penguin

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    Amazon Customer 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cautiously Optimistic"

    Some points I agreed with, it is certainly a good read to spark the conversation on being married and committed.

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    TastyFaith Consignment 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    not the adventurous tale of marriage I expected. was expecting a witty whirlwind of a read.

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    V. merante ctusa 07-06-16
    V. merante ctusa 07-06-16 Member Since 2014

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    "I loved Eat, Pray, Love, but"

    ...with EG'S outlook on marriage and kids, no wonder she is separated from her husband. She should never, no matter what the circumstances ever think to marry again.

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    mmjones777 06-27-16
    mmjones777 06-27-16
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    "Elizabeth Gilbert has done it again!"

    I find it very hard not to rush through this book! Gilbert has a knack for pulling in her reader and be stowing pearls of wisdom and letting us all know that we aren't alone, even someone as enlightened as Miss Gilbert has questions and inner turmoil!
    She deffinatly gives you plenty to consider while she tells her beautifully descriptive story! what an exciting life she has!

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    Davida Rubin-Baker 06-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I could listen to Liz all day long"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's just such a wonderful, down to earth, researched informative book. There is enough info combined with enough humanity. And her use of language is just wonderful....


    What did you like best about this story?

    She shares her thought process, her struggles, the grey, not just black and white. She ultimately makes peace with marriage but shows her rather long, arm-twisted at times, road to get there......


    Any additional comments?

    I've read it before and now listened and I imagine that in the future I may listen again

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    jennifer 06-11-16
    jennifer 06-11-16
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    "A deeply personal voice"

    In opening this book, there was excitement I would here Liz Gilbert's words again. Her most popular book Eat Pray Love had found me in a time when my marriage was crumbling and I longed to be able to discover myself again. This one found me after a time of such renaissance, preparing to marry again.

    The history given of marriage demonstrated the depth of authorship and a reflection of what appears to be the importance of that title word Committed. By taking me around the globe again, Liz Gilbert stretched my heart. This is one of the reasons I read. Not for the brain stretch, but for the heart stretch.

    By revealing her life and research about marriage I can admit that Committed is one that will stay with me as I walk forward in a flurry of faith and hope towards and with Love. The descriptions of human interaction stamping my memory like only Liz Gilbert's voice can, strong, intelligent and filled with passion.

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    Lisa 05-27-16
    Lisa 05-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Once again, I am very moved by her words. Elizabeth Gilbert speaks to my heart.

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    Listen 05-21-16
    Listen 05-21-16
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    "She writes like your best friend. "

    Whether you are thinking about getting married or a newlywed or married for awhile, this book will speak to you like a best friend we all wish she could and would. You listen and think, along with a brilliant yet vulnerable woman, who is going through the same journey as you are going through, with all the confusion and conviction regarding marriage, without judgment but only deep understanding of humanity. I feel grateful at many levels to have listened to this book.

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    nancy strachan 05-14-16
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    "I loved this book"
    Where does Committed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up there in my top 20 favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously, it was Liz herself. I appreciated her struggles to come to terms with marrying for the second time and her exploration of the entire concept of marriage in the legal sense of the word. Her curiosity and honesty is refreshing and heartfelt.


    What does Elizabeth Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Elizabeth reads as if she was sitting across from you in a cafe, telling you a story. Her style is very natural and her voice draws you right in and carries you along.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they were in limbo, waiting for approval to get married, wandering around southeast Asia. The real struggles that they went through to cope with the stress and the uncertainty of their situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been married for 25 years and got married after I "grew up", in my mid 30's. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the ideas of marriage, how it has changed over the centuries, and the reasons people choose to get married. It is a beautiful book. I will recommend it to many of my friends~married, single and divorced.

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    Stanley United States 04-27-16
    Stanley United States 04-27-16 Member Since 2015

    Semi-retired, entrepreneur, age 68. Trained in applied science. 35 years experience in communications.

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    "wonderful"

    I loved the story line & International research of details to back up the main idea.

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