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The Course of Love Audiobook

The Course of Love: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

"The Course of Love is a return to the form that made Mr. de Botton's name in the mid-1990s….love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page." (The New York Times)

The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life. De Botton's essay "Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person" (The New York Times, May 28, 2016), which draws from The Course of Love, was the number-one most emailed article for days.

We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after". The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy - an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.

This is a romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience - fictional, philosophical, psychological - that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.

©2016 Alain de Botton. All right reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"[Narrator] Julian Rhind-Tutt's voice is tender, seductive, secretive, or open, as needed. Whichever tone he uses, listening to him is always a joy.... Rhind-Tutt keeps the listening worthwhile and far from routine." (AudioFile)

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    "Interesting exploration..."

    This book really nails the human experience. Worth a read to better understand how we process and how we are effected by life and love.

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    Lydia 07-04-16
    Lydia 07-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing, much needed retooling of the expectations and realities of Love"

    Everyone who is attempting romantic relationships should be required to read this book. I feel that the author has so eloquently articulated the feelings and revelations I have come to understand after decades of relationship experience. Young people would be well served to read this novel before attempting serious romantic connections, as the knowledge and perspective the author provides would seriously circumvent a lot of the angst, frustrations and heart aches common to relationships which are built around a society accepted, standard of irrational, untraceable goals for personal connection and commitment. This book helps outline a healthy, realistic course of a love between two people that serves as a better example than most we are given in the media / story telling available today. This book has changed my life!!!

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    io 01-31-17
    io 01-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "good at understanding the obstacles in a relations"

    loved it however the narrator gets too quiet during whispers. if you are driving a noisy truck all day you might miss about a quarter of this book

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    Niki SAN GABRIEL, CA, United States 07-18-16
    Niki SAN GABRIEL, CA, United States 07-18-16
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    "Wonderful"

    An honest look into love that is insightful and thoughtful. A fantastically wonderful listen that is sure to entertain as well as educate.

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    "Novel therapy"

    As a marriage therapist all that De Botton says makes complete sense; however I prefer my theory neat and my novels mixed with romance.

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    Kelly L. 02-23-17
    Kelly L. 02-23-17
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    "Required reading"

    This should be given to every pubescent child who begins to think of romantic love. And required to re read every 5 years hence forward. Excellent, engaging and encouraging!!!

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    philip 02-19-17
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    "28 years married and still so much to learn. great"

    wonderful book that everybody getting married or married should listen to with their significant other

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    Matt 12-23-16
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    "I adored."

    This might be the best and most realistic book on love and relationships I have read. It's as on point as something like the books of Sue Johnson, and it is instructive and informative, but it's a novel! I'm a longtime fan of Alain de Botton and this exceeded my hopes. I very eagerly made time in my busy life to listen to the whole book within 48 hours. While I always prefer books narrated by the author, I found the narrator to be perfectly acceptable.

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    "enlightening and revolutionary"

    I have never listened to a more illuminatory novel about real life, real love and real struggles of married couples. I am still young but the understanding this novel has brought me I hope to carry into my future marriage. I am recommending this novel to everyone I know!!

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    Kelly Graves Aledo, TX. United States 06-15-17
    Kelly Graves Aledo, TX. United States 06-15-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Road Trip Book!"
    If you could sum up The Course of Love in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, witty, satisfying


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the husband and think it would be interesting to do a sequel covering more of the wife's perspective.


    What about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance did you like?

    I loved his narration. I loved how he changed tones when speaking about the more psychological aspects of the human condition. Brilliant!


    If you could rename The Course of Love, what would you call it?

    The Realities of Marriage.


    Any additional comments?

    I am recently divorced and this book gave me lots to think about in terms of successful marriages. I felt the author was spot on with his insights. I think it would help any marriage to contemplate the points made in this book and understand the reality of the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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