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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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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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    William Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 02-20-08
    William Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 02-20-08
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    "Highly Recommended"

    I am a chaplain and speak with a lot of people. I have found myself recommending this book more than any other. The books is not a list of techniques used to manipulate people. It is a discussion about how to truly serve others in the way they want to be served. We often serve others in the way that we would like to be served. Then, we wonder why they don’t respond. Dr. Chapman helps us to overcome this mistake and discover the means by which our spouses and children like to receive love. Throughout the book, he also gives us practical advice on how to fulfill those needs.
    The fundamentals are especially helpful in marital and family relationships and can be applied, in a limited manner to casual relationships as well.
    One should not be surprised that the book has distinctly Christian worldview. It is published by Oasis. I do not know of a book they publish that is not distinctly Christian.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    H. Zambrana Fremont, CA USA 07-15-05
    H. Zambrana Fremont, CA USA 07-15-05 Member Since 2002
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    "A sure way to inject life into your marriage."

    My wife and I discovered this book about eight years ago. It is a practical book that touches on a problem most couples experience - different ways of expressing love. Dr. Chapman is equally funny and brilliant on his exposition of the love languages. I have successfully used and practiced the principles he teach in his book not only in my marriage but with dozens of couples I have mentored. It works! Speaking the love language of your spouse will take your marriage to new heights or revive the relationship you're in. Read it and apply it.

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Hamlyn TerraceAustralia 02-08-07
    Vanessa Hamlyn TerraceAustralia 02-08-07
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    "Unexpected Brilliance"

    In one word, amazing! I will make this honest & to the point. As I am Australian we kind of like our info served straight up and no beating around the bush. I get tired of reading reviews that sound over the top of many peoples heads & those that make you wonder if they were paid to write it. Let me tell you this, from start to finish this guy knows his stuff. These Love languages Dr Chapman talks about transcend culture & speech language. They would work for anyone, anywhere in the world that has a desire to seek more from their partnership and is willing to listen. Dont let his funky southern accent put you off, it will actually endear you to him as you grow to admire his insights and find your own penny dropping inside. Everything he said made sense, plain english and would apply to everyone's situation whether married, in a relationship or not. Its real info that can be used to reopen and then keep the channels of communication open between partners. Also info that will make giving & receiving love as well as being lovable so much easier. It doesnt focus so much on the differences between men and women like in the Mars Venus Series of John Gray but more on the WAY we love. It explains why those suggestions you get in magazines dont always work so well. SO refreshing and info that I didnt even know I needed! Our marriage was in a rut & I can honestly say that when trying some suggestions from the book my husband immediately responded. He even wanted to listen to the book with me and we disussed things as we listened. It has brought us so much closer and helped us to connect again while learning more about ourselves and each other. We plan to go further with our "reading" as we have a new hobby, listening to books together. I hope Dr Chapman will keep writing! Thanks Dr!

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, USA 12-05-05
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, USA 12-05-05
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    "L-O-V-E this book!"

    This is a great book. I have the print copy, but found it difficult for my long time fiance and myself to find time to read it together - the audiobook was a great answer. Dr. Chapman's work on the five love languages is insightful and helps us to realize just why some things that are so simple and basic to us, may not be understood by our mate. When miscommunication occurs, you can sometimes be left wondering, "who is this person I am with?" but a look into the five love languages can really help identify these issues and Dr. Chapman gives suggestions on how to work through them together - all the while loving each other BETTER! =) I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt confused about relationships, whether it be with family, friends, or significant others. Who is NOT in this category? =) So many relationship books seem like so much reading and not enough action ... or just so much work ... or just fluff. But this is NOT work, it is not fluff, and it is not words without action. It is great knowledge that you can begin to apply TODAY. I also think Dr. Chapman's narration of the book was excellent - you can really hear the sincerity of his voice, and the excitement he evokes when telling his stories. I will especially point out a part in the book we loved - when he talks about vacuuming the house, how he hated it as a kid and how he never thought he'd have to do that as a grown-up - but he now HAPPILY does it weekly for his wife, and in his words, "There is only one reason: L-O-V-E!"

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    O'Hara Oxnard, CA, United States 05-12-12
    O'Hara Oxnard, CA, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not That Great After All"

    The other reviews I read made me think this would be full of great insights. I had to fast forward through the first part, which was a long, self-congratulatory interview with the author. The five languages were no big surprise - kind words, gift-giving, service, touching, and quality time. All five are good things to do for your loved ones. I'd call this a case of Expando Publishing - taking what should be a brochure or flyer and expanding it into a full length book.

    32 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-29-12
    Jonathan Moss Beach, CA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Few Diamonds, a Lot of Rough"
    Would you try another book from Gary Chapman and/or Gary Chapman?

    I might, under the right circumstances.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gary Chapman again?

    I might, under the right circumstances.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Chapman – was your favorite?

    N/A


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There's some wisdom in there.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about 25% heavy-handed religious rhetoric, 25% folksy nonsense, and 25% outright B.S. But the remaining 25% is genuinely insightful, interesting, and helpful. If you're willing to dig through the muddy presentation, there are some wonderful nuggets of wisdom.

    31 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Springfield, MO, USA 07-20-09
    Jason Springfield, MO, USA 07-20-09
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    "I wish I knew this stuff years ago!"

    Though a lot of the information in this book is pretty much common sense, this book shines by explaining what common sense seems to leave out. We all feel love in different ways, and we need to give and receive love in the ways that work best for us. Well read and informative. Could have used a bit more info on how to get around some of the hurdles that will likely crop up when trying to follow-through on this books teachings.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey San Antonio, TX, United States 04-28-08
    Geoffrey San Antonio, TX, United States 04-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable, helpful"

    This book flows nicely, is narrated pleasantly, and contains enough good information to justify the time. It is not the definitive work on communications in relationships, but it is one more perspective that should be considered. While the author gives five approaches to better communicate with your partner, the real crux of the biscuit is that it helps you actually look at your partners wants and needs. This is one of a hundred ways to skin a cat, but it is a valid way and a good addition to your repertoire. And, a very pleasant listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 08-31-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 08-31-13 Member Since 2013

    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Jacksonville, FL, USA 07-15-08
    Teri Jacksonville, FL, USA 07-15-08
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    "A Marriage Partner"

    This book is the perfect compliment to any marriage, but extends even further. It helps you relate and understand your children, parents and friends even better too. I bought the book too, so I could apply the principles and take the tests.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Such incredible insight"
    What made the experience of listening to The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts the most enjoyable?

    every line of this book gives incredible insight into your own relationships


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n\a


    What does Gary Chapman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    great narrative style, as the combined author/narrator, can put his original intended emotion into the audiobook


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    damaged relationships can always be repaired


    Any additional comments?

    a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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