Where Should We Begin? Season 1

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 18,024 ratings

Ep. 1: I've Had Better Publisher's Summary

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

Step into the office of renowned relationship therapist and TED Talk sensation Esther Perel, and listen in as she counsels couples in crisis due to infidelity, sexlessness, loss, and disconnection. The result? Astonishing insights on how they can make love work – and takeaways for you on ways to repair and restore your own relationships.

About Esther:

Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and provocative voices on personal and professional relationships. A celebrated psychotherapist who has helmed a private practice in New York City since 1983, she has over three decades of experience navigating the intricacies of love and desire.

A Note from Esther:

Too often couples live like isolated islands. We think what we’re experiencing in our own relationship is unique to us, and we don’t know that our neighbors and friends are experiencing the same longings, laments, deprivations, and disillusionments in their own lives.

There is no school for relationships, no place for us to learn the tools for rebuilding and repair, to learn to straddle the many contradictions that roil in all of us. Where Should We Begin? Is a way for me to create meaningful, deep, and open conversations. As you listen to these intimate, unscripted sessions between real-life couples, I think you will find the language you’ve been looking for to have conversations with the people in your own life.

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  • Book 1

    • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,119

    [Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Response to the bitter comments...

    • By Ashley on 06-15-17

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  • Book 2

    • Ep. 2: Motherless Women

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 36 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088

    [Contains mature themes] A couple with two small children are at physical and emotional odds in their relationship. One has given herself over entirely to the children, while the other struggles to find her place within the family dynamic. Esther helps them reframe each of their roles in terms of what they uniquely contribute.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful therapist

    • By Jeanne F. on 06-07-17

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  • Book 3

    • Ep. 3: Speak to Me in French

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

    [Contains mature themes] A husband and wife met while deeply committed to the evangelical faith and didn’t kiss until their wedding day; for her, that kiss felt like “kissing her brother.” Esther gets creative in an effort to help them create a new sexual relationship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Part 3

    • By Book Junkie on 05-26-17

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  • Book 4

    • Ep. 4: The Addict

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

    [Contains mature themes] They’re grandparents, with a 40-year love story and a stable, happy marriage. But one of them had quite a few secrets. Esther gives them some tools to navigate and support each other's experiences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brutally Honest

    • By Nicole on 05-26-17

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  • Book 5

    • Ep. 5: Impotent Is No Way to Define a Man

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

    A man has struggled with impotence for over two decades. His wife, in despair over her feelings of hopelessness in the bedroom, seeks relief for her sexual frustration and feelings of resentment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent topic for couples/husband's

    • By Jennifer J. Curfman on 08-19-17

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  • Book 6

    • Ep. 6: There's You There's Me and There's Us

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

    [Contains mature themes] They have been together for 17 years, best friends and partners who, despite their loving and positive relationship, they go months without connecting sexually.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This helps

    • By Michael Martin on 11-26-17

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  • Book 7

    • Ep. 7: Tell Me I'm Not Alone

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 919
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 925

    A young family, a 16-year age difference, and a wife who used an extra-marital relationship to find independence.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • One sided

    • By Sarah Wade-Medeiros Cormier on 10-23-17

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  • Book 8

    • Ep. 8: Sexlessness

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 923
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 928

    [Contains mature themes] A couple are first-generation children of immigrants, raised to believe sex should only take place in a marriage. Now that sex isn’t forbidden, it’s deeply uninteresting…to one of them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The opposite of reality television

    • By R. MCRACKAN on 08-07-17

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  • Book 9

    • Ep. 9: Trauma Doesn't Like to Be Touched

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 37 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 753
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 635
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629

    A newly-married couple comes to Esther for guidance on how to create a space of safety and physical intimacy, while also giving voice to past trauma.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Safe space

    • By JakalTheOne on 11-27-17

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  • Book 10

    • Ep. 10: I Can't Give You a Child

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 660
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 556
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 556

    A woman realizes she doesn’t want to have children and comes to Esther for help expressing this to her husband, who passionately wishes to be a father. But often the stories people come in with are not the ones they take home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Esther Goes in a Surprising Direction

    • By Spencer on 01-21-18

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