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Modern Romance Audiobook

Modern Romance: An Investigation

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Publisher's Summary

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time."Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?" "Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!" "My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who's Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?"

But the transformation of our romantic lives can't be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighbourhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were 24. Today people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analysed behavioural data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world's leading social scientists, including Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humour book we've seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humour with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

©2015 Aziz Ansari (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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    Ralph Clayton Moscow 05-18-16
    Ralph Clayton Moscow 05-18-16

    Author of outspoken satire. Sure, do like to give a piece of my mind.

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    "Interesting ideas and research."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Modern Romance to be better than the print version?

    The author narrates the book which makes it a whole lot funnier. Considering he's a stand up comedian. He also adds a few jokes here and there as an extra.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ideas and research presented in this book are quite interesting. Like, he talks about relationships and marriage in specific periods, like the 30s, 60s, 80s, 90s. Gives a lot of contrasts compared to modern life. He also talks about dating culture indifferent countries, like Japan and Argentina and the different attitudes of people there. Makes you think about different perspectives and points of view.


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

    I laughed a lot by the author's jokes, and the facts presented here did give me some serious forethought.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd highly recommend this as something funny and interesting. If the topic is something that you want to know more about, then definitely give this Audiobook a listen. It really makes you think about modern dating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SAMER G. 01-26-16
    SAMER G. 01-26-16
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    "Great reading by Aziz, but expected deeper content"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Modern Romance to be better than the print version?

    Yes, love Aziz reading, so much fun.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    They did a research to write the book, great job, so much interesting facts, especially the first chapter.

    The least interesting is too much time describing how romance are built today, as we didn't know the dynamics. So it gets a bit boring in this way. Expected more of the first chapter rich content.


    What about Aziz Ansari’s performance did you like?

    Great job!


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ru 12-23-15
    Ru 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved it. I caught myself laughing out loud many times. Buy it! Interesting topic with hilarious stories and examples.

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  • Words Aloud
    5/24/17
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    "Entertaining exploration of online dating & love"

    An exploration of contemporary dating methods by stand-up comedian and Master of None star Aziz Ansari.

    Wonderfully, the audiobook is read by Aziz Ansari himself, with all the humour you'd expect if you know his other work (including asides specifically aimed for those who have picked up the audiobook instead of a printed copy).

    Ansari collaborated with a researcher (Eric Klinenberg) to look at modern dating in the US and in selected countries across the globe. He paints a picture of what dating was like a few generations ago, then explores how online dating sites and apps have affect us now, in particular the way people now feel overwhelmed by the number of options available to them and can struggle to focus on one person. His conclusions and advice on dealing with this 'paradox of choice' and learning to give people a chance in the modern age felt wise and kind.

    Things felt a little repetitive in the middle (the choice aspect was explored at too much length, I think) but overall I would definitely recommend this. It's a light, non-technical overview of the research he and Klinenberg undertook, and fun to listen to. The chapter on romantic vs long-term love was worth the price of admission alone, I thought. Recommended.

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  • Kayleigh Wheatley
    Newark, Nottinghamshire
    5/10/17
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    "Good for a modern, young, book club"

    Interesting concept but unsure if it works well as a book. I think a podcast would have been better?

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/3/17
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    "Audiobook is the only way to read this !"

    Read like a thesis on modern dating ! His commentary really made it better, although you do miss out on pictures !

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  • Monte
    London, England
    4/26/17
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    "very enjoyable"

    I really liked listening to this and would recommend this informative lighthearted funny audio book.

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  • Lisa
    2/27/17
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    "If you're a lazy f***, get this audio book!"

    Funny and informative book on modern romance and how to be a decent dater. AZIZ's reading of it just make sure even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howard
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    2/17/17
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    "Funny performance of a rather unenlightening book"

    Not sure what I was expecting from this book but I didn't really learn much apart from a whole bunch of obvious stuff that you would have known already if you're watching how people of different ages behave around this topic. Younger generations treat each other with less respect, technology devalues individual interactions, online dating increasing choice but also at the expense of quality, etc. It's all pretty predictable stuff. Probably the most interesting chapter was about non-monogamous relationship types, but this didn't go into a whole lot of depth. In fact in a six hour long book, there wasn't really much time to go into depth on any of these topic. It feels like a quick surface survey rather than a full investigation.

    It's amusing in places and well performed, but afterwards I didn't really feel I'd got my money's worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    UK
    1/30/17
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    "A good listen for singletons or curious couples "

    A fascinating insight into the social media filled world of why it is so much harder to find love when there is so much choice. A Surprisingly feel good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/30/16
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    "loved it"

    as a 22 year old who uses all the modern tinder apps and websites i reccommend this audio book! 5 star funny and informative.

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  • Mr Kipling
    12/19/16
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    "A lighthearted take on the romantic modern scene"

    An overall good book, although not as enlightening for the younger reader. As a 22 year old I found a significant portion of it to be stuff I already knew.
    The humour, although occasionally hit and miss is generally good, especially if you're an existing fan of Aziz Ansari.
    The reading of the book is fairly good, although he has a habit of reading quickly, and can sound a little monotonous at times. I didn't notice this often enough to disrupt my enjoyment of the book however.

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  • Donal
    8/24/16
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    "Surprisingly entertaining"

    I didn't know of the author or any of his stand up work before purchasing this book. I just needed a break from thrillers, end of world Sci-fi stories, "chosen one" fantasy epics and unorthodox but unparalleled detectives.

    I bought this book purely based on the volume of 4 and 5 star reviews and the change or genre. I have to say I found it very refreshing. I laughed out loud in places and found a lot of the research and anecdotes to be fascinating.

    I highly recommend it as light entertainment with an educational/informative slant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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