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Publisher's Summary

Eat, Pray, Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment, and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression, and heartbreak.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Dianne
  • Mildura, Australia
  • 10-11-10

ever get that sinking feeling...

...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...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I now look forward to the movie

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!

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Amazing story. 108 chapters of perfection.

I'm starting all over again. Its too beautiful to not hear more than once. Attrevisimo

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Music to my ears!

The detailed, delicious descriptions of each moment was just a pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed every part of this book, and learned so much about so many things, including myself.

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Perfecto!

I would give this a 110%.
An interesting, entertaining and educative read. 😀 💕 💕

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One of my favourite books

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.

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Wow, life changing!

What made the experience of listening to Eat, Pray, Love the most enjoyable?

The narrators voice, she sounds like Kathy Lee Gifford!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the main character

What does Elizabeth Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A flow, she wrote the book, she knows how it sounded in her head when she wrote it. It makes the story more believable.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jan
  • Meloburne, Australia
  • 10-21-11

I just love this,

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.

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  • Sandy
  • Waterville, WA, United States
  • 05-06-11

One woman's piece of pure self indulgence

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!

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Liz Gilbert, you are extraordinary!

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!

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  • Verner
  • 04-23-16

Completely Self Obsessed becomes Assured Obsessed

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

What could Elizabeth Gilbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

How could the performance have been better?

Get less involved in the introspective passages to provide a contrast and perspective to the narrative

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eat, Pray, Love?

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".

Any additional comments?

I never give up on a talking book, but I had to play this one at high speed to make it through.

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  • M Baker
  • 06-30-17

Interesting

Not knowing what to expect I have enjoyed listening to this. Having the author read it I found gave it a more personal feel and enhanced my time lost in her adventures. Lots of humour lifted some of the difficult emotions she dealt with. I'm grateful to have shared her story.

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  • Roz
  • 03-02-16

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.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 04-01-10

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 ...

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  • K. Lesny
  • 10-29-15

best audible yet

after watching the film years ago and only enjoying it, I have fallen inlove with the book. what I'd give to have a afternoon chat with Liz Gilbert.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-17

Ambivalent about this story

I read The Signature of All Things 1st. Had I read this book 1st I'm not sure I would have picked up the other book (which to my mind was a pure work of genius). I also liked her book Big Magic. I guess with this current book I'm reviewing E Gilbert might have been less mature &,although in the process of Seeking Spiritual knowing, that she was still somewhat in a deep process. I might have liked it better if it had been presented as a work of fiction. I can't quite put my finger on what I didn't like about this book's content. In places I think I felt irritated by her hedonism, her coming from an extremely advantaged position (would that the majority of readers could arrange to take off so much time to find themselves ). But really my irritation is my own issue. She was very frank about where she was at & how she felt. That's brave. Her endeavours & experiences surely must have formed the incredible writer she is now. Although I know she's divorced her lover in this book, some 12 years after the book was written. So commitment to others might not be her forte; but writing is.

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  • Vikash
  • 08-12-17

Thought provoking

Enjoyed the book mostly, although not as gripping as I'd like a book to be. Some great thought provoking statements

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-17

life changing

it is quite simply the book that every single person - needs to read or listen to. it has the ability to make you question everytning and in doing so open your mind and heart to such amazing possibilities - thank you Liz for living it and sharing it

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  • Ann Ingham
  • 06-25-17

wonderful

inspiring and really well written. left me feeling newly wise and ready to tackle new life projects.

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  • Maria
  • 06-14-17

Excellent audio book

The writer is such a smart woman sharing her experiences across the world. I am blessed to have listened to her audio book as I feel she shared her wisdom whilst also making me laugh at times.
Highly recommended.

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  • Simone
  • 10-17-17

Wonderful book!

Fabulous story and loved that it was read by the author as it let her tell her story how she wanted it to be told.

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  • Imogen
  • 10-29-16

Excellent

I loved this audiobook! Elizabeth Gilbert's narration of her own spiritual journey of self discovery is relatable and captivating. Each of the three parts of the book is different in their own right, but linked by her experiences and reflections. Well written, well spoken, highly recommend.

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  • Naomi
  • 10-07-17

Binge Listener

Loved binged listening to your book for hours on end. I never wanted it to end, I wanted this anazing story share to continue. Thank you for sharing your journey. 💜

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  • Sahej
  • 08-13-17

My favorite book!

Very relatable. Very touching and inspiring story. Beautifully narrated by the author. I absolutely love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-17

A beautiful, honest, life changing story

This story is raw, honest and beautiful. I love how honestly she expresses her deepest thoughts, feelings and pains, whilst also sharing the wisdom she has gained along the way. Very much worth the listen!

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  • Charlotte
  • 05-28-17

Hooked, loved this story!

Beautifully written and an inspiring story. Highly recommend to all woman. Elizabeth narrates the book very well too.

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  • Michael
  • 03-20-17

One of my Bibles!

Would you listen to Eat, Pray, Love again? Why?

I've listened to about 8times over a year.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The pizza at Pizzaria De Michele because I met her in person. The author portrayed her perfectly.

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

No but having Liz read it made it so magical. It's read as how she intended, very word, every pause, every heart breaking moment and every laugh is gorgeous

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"beauty attracts beauty""i am having a relationship with my pizza""she pushes so sharply against the world...""god likes to feel things through our hand""I get I am dancer and gamora is not. -->you just need to find a women who is pathetic as you"

Any additional comments?

I've listened to this several times and plan to listen to it 100s more times. I've gifted it and couldnt recommend a better book to immense yourself in wonderful storytelling and soul moving life lessons. It is a beautiful book and it's gorgeously well done as an audio book.

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  • NZcocoa
  • 10-21-16

cultivate

I love this story. This is the 4th time I've read it, and every time it reminds me to look for the beauty in everything and have the courage to cultivate it in my own life.

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  • Lydia
  • 09-07-16

Nice and easy to listen to

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

It might help to have some background knowledge in different religions as she has different experiences in the book through different religious avenues that does not necessary lead to the same God.

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  • M. Beard
  • 07-29-17

don't bother

This book was the most self absorbed rubbish ever. I could not force myself to finish it, not even for my book club.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful