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The Course of Love Audiobook

The Course of Love

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents, the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Twenty years after his best-selling debut, Essays in Love, internationally acclaimed author Alain de Botton returns to fiction with a brilliant new novel about modern relationships.

What does it mean to live happily ever after?

At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next?

Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact it is only the beginning. From the first thrill of lust to the joys and fears of real commitment to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them.

Playful, wise and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is a delightful return to the novel by Alain de Botton, 20 years after his debut, Essays in Love.

©2016 Alain de Botton (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Rutger
    9/14/16
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    "Great lessons "

    Great story. Only bad point is that some parts are whispered really soft followed by loud narrative

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  • oliver
    Wallingford, United Kingdom
    9/2/16
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    "A sublime little book."

    This book can in my mind, be considered as a bright light in the darkness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • viviann tuong
    8/30/16
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    "Brilliant insights into love"

    Best relationship themed book I've picked up in years and so well told, lots of laugh out loud moments

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • katie
    7/26/16
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    "Invigorating and grounding all at once"

    I'm extremely grateful for this humbling narrative, I feel educated, inspired and hopeful. A comedically astute text.

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  • Dr. M. A. Edwards
    England
    7/2/16
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    "sensitive and wonderful, if a little male-biased"

    I'm a little biased as, for me, De Botton can do no wrong, but I loved this little book.

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  • Ke Donn
    godalming, u.k
    5/25/16
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    "Everyone should listen to this book"

    This book is wonderfully written and a real insight to the highs and lows of relationships. so much information presented in a heartwarming story made even better by the narrators beautiful voice

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  • Meldorf
    England
    5/19/16
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    "Not for me"

    The story is sparse and the narrator is the main voice - rather like a social education teacher with a class of twelve-year-olds (apart from the frequent sexual violent language).
    The main message of the book seems to be that women should accept the flaws in their partner with saint - like patience whilst accepting adultery as normal and not be hurt by it.
    The performance will be fine if you aren't actually Scottish or been to Scotland. The pronunciation of place names is sometimes awkward and simply wrong at other times

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