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Eat, Pray, Love Audiobook

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

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Publisher's Summary

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want: a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.

To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the 23 happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way, unexpectedly.

An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

©2006 Elizabeth Gilbert; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year's cultural and emotional tapestry, conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor, as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression." (Publishers Weekly)

"Gilbert's sensuous and audacious spiritual odyssey is as deeply pleasurable as it is enlightening." (Booklist)

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    Stephanie Milwaukie, OR, United States 08-20-12
    Stephanie Milwaukie, OR, United States 08-20-12
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    Would you listen to Eat, Pray, Love again? Why?

    It spoke to me about how I needed to made certain changed in my life. I would listen to it again and again.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Gilbert – was your favorite?

    I just loved Richard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


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    Shirley Laguna Beach, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Shirley Laguna Beach, CA, United States 08-20-12
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    "I did NOT get my book"
    What would have made Eat, Pray, Love better?

    I did NOT get my book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Gilbert again?

    I did NOT get my book


    What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Gilbert’s performance?

    I did NOT get my book


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I did NOT get my book


    Any additional comments?

    I did NOT get my book

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    Kimberly Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-07-12
    Kimberly Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-07-12
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    "Let's travel!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eat, Pray, Love to be better than the print version?

    I wanted the story to continue. I love to listen to a good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure and the mission


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Gilbert – was your favorite?

    All characters are favorites and very much alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    only took 2 sittings!


    Any additional comments?

    great shoice

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    P. J. Piza Mejia united states 07-30-12
    P. J. Piza Mejia united states 07-30-12

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    "Unbelievable!"
    Would you listen to Eat, Pray, Love again? Why?

    Yes!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat, Pray, Love?

    All the book


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

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes both


    Any additional comments?

    This is an incredible book and magnificent narration. A must Read in life!

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    TravelGal Redmond, WA, United States 07-14-12
    TravelGal Redmond, WA, United States 07-14-12

    Coffee is a food group right next to chocolate, right?

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    "Disappointing--well read"

    A very narcissistic woman with a great life cries on the floor of her bathroom before dumping it all for an all expense paid trip to Italy, India and Bali. Tough, eh? In the end reality bites (read the bio to figure that out). I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a novel. It is disappointing to realize how truly self absorbed people think the rest of us want to know more about their trivial troubles. But the number of people that bought it speaks for itself. Excellently read.

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    Amazon Customer princes 07-10-12
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    "Pretty Good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was. I loved the part about Italy. India was a little beyond my realm so I couldn't relate and Bali was interesting. I definately felt transported to those places. Her use of imagery was just what i needed to zone out in the tub or rush hour stop and go.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    it was good. it left me wanting to know more. Now that she's learned so much, how did she apply it? What happened with her relationship. I'm involved now. :-)


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

    I haven't. but hearing the author being the reader I loved it. i got to hear it how she wanted it read! Also her words in Italian were remarkable!


    What else would you have wanted to know about Elizabeth Gilbert’s life?

    How did her family deal with her path of self-discovery? How did things change with how she related to them?


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book. I like this genre like Under the Tuscan Sun. Like i said before, some of it I had to muscle through, other parts i was riveted.

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    Amanda Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 06-08-12
    Amanda Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Elizabeth Gilbert"

    I personally love memoirs told by the author, and I was blown away by Gilbert's narration style. She has a very conversational tone, and I adore the timbre of her voice. I highly recommend this book for those who are seeking a spiritual journey. She has an interesting view of spirituality, but doesn't thrust her views onto the reader, as the book is a memoir of her journey through Italy, India and Bali. On the way she meets a colorful variety of new friends, all with a different perspective that gently shift her on her trip. I loved this book, and I listen to it all the time when I need a calm voice in my ear to say "I've been there". Please download this book, you will love it.

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    Julia COSTA MESA, CA, United States 06-03-12
    Julia COSTA MESA, CA, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Travel and Healing - Enjoyed the Travel"
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    I enjoyed this chronicle of a woman's year of travel and healing. My favorite parts were the history and first-hand accounts of each local culture and the life stories of the friends she made along the way.

    The healing seemed like a series of mind-games she played with herself, but hey - it seemed to work for her. I didn't find it narcissistic at all, I found it fascinating to get in someone's deepest thoughts like this.

    Serious theme, but with many, many light-hearted and funny moments, some even laugh-out-loud.

    But the story left me feeling unsatisfied at the end.

    Also, it took me a while to get used the sleepy-sounding style of narrating, but I grew to love the narration, filled with animated accents of the other characters.

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    Megan 05-24-12
    Megan 05-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring"

    This book was inspiring, which I'm sure that's why so many people have loved it. I refused to read it for a while, but finally decided I ought to see what all the hype was about, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the first half of the book and found I was loving it less and less as it continued because of all her talk about how much sex she was having. Nevertheless, it has encouraged me to go after my dreams.

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    Lesa 05-17-12
    Lesa 05-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Love Eat, Pray, Love!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The story is incredible, and the author's voice is fabulous!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat, Pray, Love?

    Loved her time in Bali.


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

    No but I would love too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


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