It's 3 a.m., and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered, and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion, and balance.
So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains 25 pounds; to an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor; and to Bali, where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly, happiness begins to creep up on her....
©2009 Elizabeth Gilbert; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
"The author's reading of this memoir adds depth; her vocal presence provides vivid color and quirky humor as she eats (in Italy), prays (in India), and finds love (in Indonesia). This is a delightful memoir that explores exotic countries as well as the author's heart and soul." (AudioFile)
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
...guess it had to happen eventually, only 21 minutes into this book and I realised I had made a terrible mistake and wasted my precious monthly credit. The feeling started to loom when the author, reading her book, made the announcement that it was not appropriate to share what had brought her to the point of writing this book, but apparently we were still expected to wade with her through her nobly avoiding lovers and maundering through her randomly and ramblingly defined concept of (oh no) 'god'...won't even give this a second chance...was hoping to deal with the real issues of marriage and depression, not the self indulgent memoir of a too wealthy, wet behind the ears thirty somthing...
I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's very honest account of dealing with depression and her search for happiness. She brilliantly describes the nagging dark thoughts encountered during so many people's depressive moments and she travels in pursuit of learning to live with her thoughts through a spiritual journey. The journey is also an escape from a toxic yet addictive relationship. It was refreshing to find a book about the truth of someones travel experience rather then the holiday brochure type travel book. She has a colloquial style that makes you feel like you could be listening to your most interesting and best friend over a coffee. Each time a new chapter starts it is like meeting for another coffee. I will be seeing the movie and I will listen to the book again one day. Even better to listen to this book while on a relaxing holiday!
This has been described as "self indulgent" by some other reviews. If so, thank you Elizabeth for being a bit self indulgent and sharing your journey as I loved this book.
It's something I could never see myself doing and following along with you on your journey was a great ride. I loved that Elizabeth narrated the book herself.
I have listened to this 3 times already and will listen to again and again. 10 stars from me.
The narrators voice, she sounds like Kathy Lee Gifford!
Of course the main character
A flow, she wrote the book, she knows how it sounded in her head when she wrote it. It makes the story more believable.
This book has officially knocked "The Devil Wears Prada" off the top of my favs list! Another one I'll listen to more than once.
It was like sitting and haveing a coffee and a chat with a girl friend, nice to have the Elixabeth Gilbert narating it as well, for me I think that is what made it all the better.
I am not sure why this book (and now film) is such a runaway success. I found it an incredibly self-indulgent piece of writing especially in the second half of the book. Honestly I cannot understand what all the hype has been about - clearly I'm out of step with the majority of readers/ listeners! The writing style was at times fluid but often uneven which became annoying. Not recommended, but given that the rst of the world seems to be in love with it - you should probably endure it for yourself!
I loved the book, the movie and even the CD but the audiobook is perfect. Elizabeth Gilbert herself is the narrator and she does a perfect job of reading the book to you. She has the right emotions at the right times and does a wonderful job of integrating the other characters in her book with her own voice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone, men & women alike. In fact, Men are far more likely to listen to it than read it themselves, as I have found out with my own husband.
Thankyou Liz for an outstanding effort!
This book is fabulous. I saw the movie because everyone raved about the book but, the movie is so superficial and just does not get the book at all. This book is really about a journey of enlightenment and it is so spiritual and so beautiful but the best part of all is that it is narrated by the author so i really felt like I was listening to a friend telling me about her journey through a really tough time in her life. It was a wonderful read.
This character is too self-absorbed for me and I found much of this tale tedious & boring. However, there were some great moments as well - some of the narrative really makes you think - YES!! I also laughed out loud many times. If you like self-help books, you'll love it. It would be hard to say this is not worth a listen, but I wish I had waited for the abridged version.
"Every Woman's Guide to ......... Life!"
If you ever get that feeling that the life that you are living is not right and something is missing but it feels like it's only you ....... then this book is for you! The idea that if we have everything a partner, the latest gadgets and a good job then we will be happy is the beginning of this wonderful journey. I wasn't overly keen on the religious sections but felt that it did offer an important part of the journey. A travelogue/memoir that is well written both amusing and sad and incredibly positive. This audiobook is very well read by the author and you feel the emotions of the events as though you are there with her sat next to her. A must if you feel the need for breath of fresh air but I should warn you to find your suitcase and prepare yourself for the wanderlust ...
"Wonderfully real, brave and hilarious story!"
A must read!!! Am sad it's over, yet excited to read Committed, the next part of this brutiful (brutal and beautiful) story!
"Enjoyable and satisfying"
Lovely to be read by the author, excellent use of language to good comedic effect and she shares a real journey to which many of us can relate with plenty wisdom woven through. Indonesian meditation = "Sit and smile" - great idea :-)
"Truly loved it"
The best thing about it is Gilbert's narration of it, the second how much you can identify with her journey despite not being close to her situation. It is a wonderful escape for someone who can not take a year out of their life and travel, Gilbert has done it for you.
I enjoyed this so much, I didn't want it to end. I immediately started listening again!
"Completely Self Obsessed becomes Assured Obsessed"
Someone with a strong belief in a higher awareness and a desire to feel someone else is in control and will make it all better.
Write more about the other people and less about herself. The feel good factor from hearing of her achievement was marred by the nagging feeling that she had gone from a depressed control freak to a self assured control tyrant.
Get less involved in the introspective passages to provide a contrast and perspective to the narrative
Maybe not cut as they are necessary but reduce the time dwelling on the feelings and visions of a higher state as they came across as "look at me, am I not clever".
I never give up on a talking book, but I had to play this one at high speed to make it through.
Absolutely loved it! Got me thinking a lot bout spirituality & finding balance in everyday life
"Bonus to hear text in authors voice"
Some humorous, and insightful reflections on life many of which I could relate to. Loved the Italy section, enjoyed the Indonesian phase but was disappointed by the Indian part of the story. So self indulgent, should have been edited to half the length and would still get the message across. Perhaps in Some respects it was effective because I felt so shut in - like the author confined to the ashram. I wanted to get out in to the streets into a country I am fascinated by and adore. I know it was Elizabeth's story but did she have to drone on for so long. Glad I was listening and not reading because the author injected light and shade into the dialogue. If I had been reading it would have just been an endless monotone in my head.
I love this book. I have read it over and over, watched the film, bought the film, and now the audio book just enhances this story or rather journey even more. Whenever I want to escape, relax and unwind from the days stresses, put this audio book on. It's wonderful. Be taken on a spiritual journey of a woman who travels from America, to Italy to Asia to find herself, and along the way meet wonderful friends and true love. You won't be disappointed.
loved all of it and learnt a lot from it., hopefully i will be able to use the wise words in my journey through this life
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