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The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts | [Gary Chapman]

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: In a conversational and sincere tone, Gary Chapman practices what he preaches: clear, concise communication. I've heard from AudibleListeners that Chapman's words have inspired them to be better partners in relationships. What's not to love? —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2005 Gary Chapman; (P)2005 Oasis Audio LLC

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Winner, Personal Development/Motivational

" "Whether your marriage needs a tune-up or a major overhaul, these are powerful prescriptions delivered by a genial, wise man." (AudioFile)

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    Sam Motes Tampa 09-22-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 09-22-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Relationship coaching"

    Interesting insight into why spouses often don't see eye to eye due to competing love languages. About 20% of the book was pure marketing for other books by the author. Hoped for more substance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Northridge, CA, USA 09-20-07
    David Northridge, CA, USA 09-20-07
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    "Some Good Messages"

    The author has some good messages in this book. Understand what your spouse needs (their particular love language) and communicate with them in that way. (i.e. listen intently to someone who needs to be listened to or touch someone who needs to be touched.) Good premise and presented well.

    My only negative would be the last hour being devoted to the writings of Jesus and how they can help your relationship. Can't we leave religion out of these types of books? I will go to my house of worship IF I want to hear religious sermons.

    Thus 4 stars. 4 out of 5 hours were good for me.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Yael Anchorage, AK, USA 10-09-09
    Yael Anchorage, AK, USA 10-09-09
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    "A must-read for every couple"

    This book teaches the basic idea of love languages and how they affect our relationships; if you only read one self-help book for marriage, this is the one. We have applied the understanding of the love languages into our marriage and found it very helpful in communicating and understanding each other.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Zimmer 01-18-13
    Jill Zimmer 01-18-13

    MFT Intern, Indiana I enjoy the perks of technology and Audible as a daily commuter!

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    "Yes, but is knowing without practice enough?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts to be better than the print version?

    I have not, and will not buy the print version. This provided what i considered to be the "lite" version of therapy, which accentuates a "pixie dust" mentality to working on relationships, but it is a good start - but just a good start.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gary Chapman? Why or why not?

    No. I was a little disappointed. Self-help books to me often provide over-simplified solutions to hard questions and situations. I would put this in that subject category, because the author and narrator over-emphasizes positive results. He can do this because he is a therapist who has practiced over 20 years. The best way to learn about relationship and successful marriage and couple therapy, is to be able to show the failures as well as the successes. Gary Chapman chooses to focus 97% of his time on successes.


    Have you listened to any of Gary Chapman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i have not, and would not be interested.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts?

    I do like the categories, and was able to identify my language and that of my husband's.


    Any additional comments?

    As a book for the masses, and a place to start in trying to understand communication difficulties, this book is wonderful, but a little too simplistic. A little over-hyped. I can only imagine a couple coming to therapy mis- "labeling" each other, only adding confusion to the mix. I would skip the first three or four chapters; they are repetitive and sort of blah blah filler material - horrible for a long car trip and rather numbing on a highway. The chapters that actually deal with each of the 5 languages are insightful, and provide some great stories. I enjoyed the Audible book, 'The Greatest Salesman' by Og Mandino more than this book.Many people will like this book, and I know its popular, but consider it only a place to start, not the solution.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Sewell, NJ, United States 07-19-10
    Thomas Sewell, NJ, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Like it, good general principles"

    Understanding that we all have different ways of communicating and listening has got to help you. Its not a cure-all as promoted, but a methodology. If you are having communcations issues, please do listen and absorb this. Its helps me. I am not much into the some of the religious implications/references that some of these books add in. Its not that there are 5 or 10 or any number of languages, its that you could be missunderstanding the other person and this book can help so go for it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Westborough, MA, USA 08-25-07
    Tim Westborough, MA, USA 08-25-07
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    "Great content"

    Why couldn't we all learn about the 5 love languages BEFORE we got married. After a lot of self-learning in 16 years of marriage, this could have saved a lot of difficulty over the years. Don't get me wrong, there's no such thing as a quick fix but the awareness and lessons you pick up by learning the 5 love languages is invaluable for a marriage in any state or stage. The actual reading isn't riviting but Gary does a very good job explaining and providing examples.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Palm Harbor, FL, USA 05-17-07
    Carolyn Palm Harbor, FL, USA 05-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    "I Learned Something!!"

    Found this book on sale and was in the mood for some 'self-help' inspiration. This book actually provided some thoughtful inspiration ... a different perspective on the way we love. I liked it. Be aware that there is a religious undertone (Christian)- not offensive, but it is a presence. All in all I think this book is well worth the reading. Liked that the principles could be applied in any love relationship , not just for couples but for families and children as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 04-12-08
    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 04-12-08
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    "Interesting-ish"

    This book seems to be written as an attempt to help couples on the rocks save their marriages. If you don't know or understand the basic principals of this book, I highly doubt this will be the fix you are looking for. On the other hand, if you have a good relationship and are looking to make it better, this should help do the trick. Be prepared for the authors strong southern drawl and some cheesy ideas. As with most "how-to" books, personal adaptation is the key.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 08-31-13
    AudioAddict 08-31-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Everyone should hear this"

    STORY - I am rating this a 5 for its information, not for its entertainment value. This book contains good information whether you are married, single, with or without children, and whether you think your relationship is healthy or needs some additional work. If you do not speak the same "language" as the person you are trying to communicate with, they will NOT get your message and their "love tank" will become empty and cause problems in the relationship. The book is short, the author explains everything clearly and gives good examples.

    NARRATION - The author reads his own work and does a good job.

    OVERALL - Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-15-05
    John 08-15-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Applies to all relationships, especially with mate"

    I had read the book, but hearing the audio was a nice complement to reading the book. There are many lessons to be taken from Chapman's approach to communicating effectively, including both understanding yourself as well as your mate. I find this book to be much better than the Mars-Venus books.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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