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The Rules Do Not Apply Audiobook

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for listeners of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article "Thanksgiving in Mongolia".

©2017 Ariel Levy (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    meredith 06-27-17
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    "Empathy"

    If you don't already understand it, Ariel Levy will teach you the difference between empathy and sympathy. At first, you feel bad for her, and then you join her in her emotion and realize that is what she wants you to do. She wants you to share her journey and her growth, the happy, sad, and the process of hitting rock bottom and truly feeling the pain but slowly recognizing the power within you to continue. Don't feel bad for her, empathize! Also, she is narrating her own story which adds to the impact of the book.

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    Levent 05-01-17
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    "So real therefore so touching"

    I am enlightened and found answers to many questions in my mind. Thank you Ariel. I could not keep my tears while listening. Mother nature is free to do what it wants

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 04-24-17
    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 04-24-17
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    "A Punch To Your Heart"

    Loved the honesty Loved the writing. Ms. Levy is a rare breed of brains, guts and big appetite for life. Love her game to explore personality wrapped in humility poured onto the page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Janze 11-02-17
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    "Ariel pours love into my ears, heart and mind!"

    This book has been my companion to and from work for a couple of weeks and I have loved every word. Thanks Ariel

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    Bubbles 11-01-17
    Bubbles 11-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very honest"

    I heard her being interviewed on NPR and I got her audiobook immediately. Not many people write about issues she faced, and yet there are many who face them as well, without the gift of putting it to words like Ariel has.

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    mary 10-22-17
    mary 10-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great book, a true women's story. The Author is honest ,she puts it all on the table so to speak. I will be giving this to my friends and daughters.

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    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17
    Rachel - Audible New York, NY 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Woman Who Wears Hers Flaws On Her Sleeve"

    I LOVED listening to this book, and devoured it in just a few sittings. It's a very raw, personal, and confessional memoir by a woman who wears her considerable flaws on her sleeve — in other words, it's exactly my cup of tea. The author does her own performance on the audiobook, adding another layer of intimacy to her story.

    Ariel Levy recounts her troubled marriage, her wife's alcoholism, her own cheating, and all the twists and turns leading up to her fertility treatments and subsequent miscarriage, all with such candor that it often sucked the breath right out of me. At one point she references Nora Ephron, who famously said that "Everything is copy," and indeed, Levy has mined her deepest mistakes and regrets for the sake of a story.

    The Rules Do Not Apply is a fascinating exploration of modern marriage, makeshift families, infidelity, and what it feels like to be an ambitious, adventurous woman who also feels the tug of parenthood. She's frank about the scope of her grief after her miscarriage (which many people told her was disproportionate), what it's like to be partnered with an alcoholic, and her own compulsion to have an affair. Ultimately, it's about learning you can't really control anything and surrendering to that knowledge.

    Some people like to read about heroes and role models, and that's fine, but this is probably not the book for them. For people who enjoy reading stories where people poke around at their darkest corners, this book will scratch that itch.

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    Anonymous 10-10-17
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    "So depressing"

    I’ve been trying to reflect on what take a ways I got from listening to this book and I’m struggling with coming up with an answer. It was so depressing, everything bad happened to this poor lady. It was too much , too descriptive on one particular tragic event that I wish I could unhear. Don’t waste your time

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    Alba L Garó 10-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Like a mirror"

    Thank you ! I listened to your story but it felt like you're telling mine.

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    I. Zavadoski Central Wisconsin 09-28-17
    I. Zavadoski Central Wisconsin 09-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to like"

    Levy is a good writer, but often lists towards the narcissistic in this memoir. She is not very likable, and makes a string of really questionable decisions. (And, I don't even mean her trip to Mongolia.) Then, she seems bewildered as to why her life and relationships are a mess. I can't help but think of the friends.and lovers left in her wake. So, writing skill - A-, Self-reflection = D-.

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