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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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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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  • 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 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anita
  • South Africa
  • 09-30-18

Just what I needed at this point in my life!!

I loved every bit of this story. It was as if she was telling my story. The struggles with loneliness, depression, feeling "not enough", feeling worthless and not realizing my own worth.
Is was enlightening and it gave me hope of finally making my own "attraversiamo"! :-)

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Thank You

This was a unique read. The story is not everybody's story. we all have our own. As human beings we are not prone to considering others' emotional paths, trials and lessons as an element of entertainment, but this story allowed me to experience a personal journey of pain, self discovery and ultimately joy.
In order for me to be simultaneously entertained, while gaining insight into many facets of human journeys experiencing growth and emotion, I did not consider the tale in light of an individual's "story" (i.e. characters and plots), but rather a soulful adventure of a being finding acceptance, love and happiness - regardless of the circumstances, environment and current station.
I liked it, because I have quite a journey ahead of me and the solutions and wisdom provided will enable me to tackle my adventure with grace, love and above all else: humour.

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Holy book for any woman wanting to survive

this book is my absolute favourite of all the books I have ever read . this is solution to all my problems in life in love and everything..

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Lovely story and well presented

It’s strange to think that her journey for balance took her to touch so many people. It’s a lovely odyssey of how a troubled mind can be saved by love and how it exists through pleasure, devotion and sheer faith in yourself and fellow man.

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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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  • 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.

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  • S. Young
  • 10-01-18

Beautifully read by the author

Elizabeth Gilbert is amazing as an author, but just as enthralling as a narrator. brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-18

Bleurgh...

As a budding writer and spiritual person myself, I found Liz Gilbert’s book ‘Big Magic’ to be truly inspiring and was happy to find another title from this author, who until then I knew very little about. Here however, I should have marked ‘performances’ higher, as the author narrates stories that I intuit either aren’t true, or are vastly over exaggerated for creative purposes. The stakes are so low, it just feels like it’s written for every overdramatic, overprivileged middle age woman, who’s only real drama is realising she naturally creates too much of the damn stuff. I’ve just found out they made this book into a film too!? I’ll hazard a guess it was viewed by the aforementioned demographic, a little bored at home and wants to romanticise that even half of this is a true story. Even the dialogue sounds fake. Yuk.




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  • Lisa J
  • 09-23-18

Enchanting

I fell in love with all three sections, and Liz along the way. I need a year off I think!

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  • Maggie Rose
  • 09-21-18

Couldn't put it down!

I was mesmerised by this book. The author's voice is very soothing and easy to listen to and the way she uses words to bring the story alive is second to none. A lot of the time, I felt like she was in my head! She described how I think and feel a lot of the time as if she was writing this book about me! It has made me re-evaluate my own life. My only tiny criticism is that (for me) the Indian experience at the Ashram was a bit drawn out - but not off-putting. Superb author. Thank you

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  • J. Benoit
  • 08-29-18

Love it!

Great book! I was so inspired by her journey and love her as a writer!

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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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  • 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.

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  • Irene
  • 09-19-18

Inspiring and entertaining

A very inspiring and entertaining journey. It was a joy to listen to and I didn't want it to end.

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  • Leis
  • 08-03-18

Ugh

I wanted to like this book, I really did but this woman is insufferable. From her disturbing narration during which she seems to think it’s ok to (badly) mimic the accents of foreigner to her concerning ability to spend 12 months in foreign countries and still only be able to see the world through her American perspective this story is a mess.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-16-18

Beautiful tale, beautifully narrated

Beautiful, touching, deeply personal and relevant. An important story for the spiritually desolate times in which we find ourselves.

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  • MARIA COUTAS
  • 05-06-18

Once is not enough!

I've read this book, listened to it, listened to it again, referred paragraphs and sections to friends, and have written paragraphs for myself. This amazing memoir makes you contemplate what might be. It remains a source of comfort and inspiration. This is a must read for anyone going through unexpected changes in their lives. It reminds you that whilst change comes at a price, their is transformation and growth, and that is really what life is all about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-18

A, most read. Even if you have seen the movie.

A romantically narrated book which takes you through the real life adventures of self discovery of the author. Possibly my new favourite book.

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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!