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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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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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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
  • Derbyshire, uk
  • 02-03-16

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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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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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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Love everything Elizabeth Gilbert does!

Love the truthfulness of Gilbert’s writing, feels like it could happen to you. An inspiring true story, all the better for being read by the author herself.

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12 hours of joy

This was my first audible. After watching the film on a flight to England I thought I would go further into the story as it was portrayed so beautifully on the film.
I listened to it in short segments on walks and also whilst doing my electrical work. I - in a way - got paid to listen to this so that made it all the better.
Warmth drew to me from this sometimes relative story.
Definitely worth it, I enjoyed it so much.

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Hope ahead

I went through break up 16 years ago and this would have helped me to know there is light ahead. I would like to pursue this alternative healing but have to figure out how .... The US accent bothered me to start, but we soon became friends ....

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Like sent from above

Loved it, I saw things from a new perspective and yet so many things were so familiar - it made me feel less alone on my path.

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loved the film the book and now the Audio. amazing

I watched the film first years ago and loved it, then finally got around to buying the book last year and couldn't put it down.
Now I've finished the Audio and I'm still obsessed.

So relaxing and calming... I even laughed out loud quite a few times.

it may not be for everyone but I know I will listen to it over and over and even read the book again and again..

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  • Michelle
  • 22-03-10

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
  • 11-10-10

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...

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  • Rucha Tare
  • 13-06-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-17

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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  • PayPanda
  • 18-01-17

Perfecto!

I would give this a 110%.
An interesting, entertaining and educative read. 😀 💕 💕

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-15

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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  • Shelly
  • 11-07-12

Wow, life changing!

What made the experience of listening to Eat, Pray, Love the most enjoyable?

The narrators voice, she sounds like Kathy Lee Gifford!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the main character

What does Elizabeth Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A flow, she wrote the book, she knows how it sounded in her head when she wrote it. It makes the story more believable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

This book has officially knocked "The Devil Wears Prada" off the top of my favs list! Another one I'll listen to more than once.

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  • Jan
  • 21-10-11

I just love this,

It was like sitting and haveing a coffee and a chat with a girl friend, nice to have the Elixabeth Gilbert narating it as well, for me I think that is what made it all the better.