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Summary

Navigating the challenges of long-term commitment takes effort - and it just got simpler, with this empowering, step-by-step guide to communicating about the things that matter most to you and your partner. Drawing on 40 years of research from their world-famous Love Lab, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman invite couples on eight fun, easy, and profoundly rewarding dates, each one focused on a make-or-break issue: trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality, and dreams. 

Interactive activities and prompts provide motivation to stay open, stay curious, and, most of all, stay talking to each other. And the range - from the four skills you need for intimate conversation (including Put into Words What You Are Feeling) to tips on being honest about your needs, while also validating your partner’s own emotions - will resonate, whether you’re newly together or a longtime couple looking to fortify your bond. You will discover (or rediscover) your partner like never before - and be able to realize your hopes and dreams for the love you desire and deserve. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Doug Abrams, and Rachel Carlton Abrams (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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just get the physical book

this hasn't been recorded, the audio is a text to speech generator and it sounds awful. I would advise just getting the book because nobody wants to sit through 5 hours or a robot voice

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Awful automatic narration

Couldn’t get far into this because of the terrible robotic or automatic narration it really makes it hard to listen to

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useful insights drowned by grandiose cheesiness

starts our well and intentions of authors are good
lose the plot by the end

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Recommended by a YouTube dating coach

Having recently met a guy via online dating I've reassociated myself with dating coaches on YT. I like this chap and want to see where it goes whilst being my best informed self. One of the coaches, Johnathan Aslay, has been recommending this book. I have valued his video content so thought I'd have a read. Glad I did. I'll use this advice. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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useful relationship advice and guidance

useful relationship advice and guidance

having read a number of previous books by the same authors, I found this fantastic.

genuine practical examples, and down to earth explanations of relationships.

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Interesting and instructive

Easy to read and a lot of material to work on. I haven't done the proposed dates yet but it already has given me a lot to think about. Good read to anyone trying to improve their relationship.

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Not for an audiobook

Very good practical advice for intentional conversations with our partner But not very usable as an audiobook. you would really need to have the questions at hand when preparing the date, so I definitely recommend the print version.

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Wonderful book, very iseful

Terrible automatic voice for some of it
Brilliant content that can save marriages or keep the happy ones in a good place

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Content excellent but not easy to implement when listening on audible

I can see how valuable the discussions and exercises in this book are for any relationship and I imagine in hard copy it’s easy to note down/highlight what needs doing and what needs thinking about etc ahead of the 8 dates, but on audible it’s very difficult to keep track of those things as the PDF doesn’t track the chapters.

I would suggest that the best way to get value from this amazing book is to get the hard copy. But maybe that’s just me…

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Food for thought

Lots of excellent ideas for those difficult conversations which are so important in meaningful relationships. I found listening on audio quite difficult to engage with and think a hard copy is probably better to with for this one.
I will be inviting my boyfriend to the 8 dates nonetheless!

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  • 16-02-20

Decent date ideas

This is apparently the product of some smart, hard-working researchers who have spent an amazing amount of time studying relationships and romantic interactions in minute detail. They swear they can tell which relationships will last and which won't. The scientific formula? It depends on whether you usually speak positively or negatively about your partner. It's not hard to imagine that someone who constantly criticizes their partner is unlikely to have a happy, healthy long relationship with them. That hardly seemed to need the intense scientific scrutiny.

But surely there's more to it, more to the book than that, right?

The book itself consists of eight date ideas, each with a suggested conversation. The date ideas are fine. They'll be fun for some people, but not a good idea for others. Ok, great. That could easily be a short listicle somewhere. As for the conversations, they are each important subjects, to be sure. Do they really benefit from being matched with the date ideas? Have the authors run experiments to determine that these eight dates each lead to more successful relationships, have they run scientifically controlled experiments with different permutations to figure out the exact ingredients that make these eight dates magically work? Maybe I missed it, but I heard no such thing. It sounded rather more like the authors discussed what they felt were the most important topics for relationship partners to discuss, then made up random ideas for dates in which to discuss each of those topics.

It isn't BAD mind you. Anyone who can go on regular, physical dates with their partner and is open to new experiences and getting to know their partner better should definitely consider giving this a try. I just expected more substance and scientific backing. Again, it's listicle material. But it's still not bad, so if you like, go ahead and do it. Just be aware that you'll only truly get value out of this book if you actually have those eight conversations (or possibly, the eight full dates) with a partner, it's not just a book you can read and set aside.

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  • Johanna Piepel
  • 10-12-20

Robot computer voice!!

I couldn’t even listen to this book because of the robot/computer sounding voice! Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-20

What the F. Robot-reader???!?!?!

This is complete bs. The reader is a robot?!?! Am super dissappointed. Change it now.

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  • Elizabeth R. Ferrer
  • 23-02-21

Worksheets

It would be great to have access to ALL worksheets. By going to the website mentioned in the book/audio you can get some of the pdf’s, but not all.

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  • Brian Sachetta
  • 08-07-20

Straightforward and informative

What I liked most about this book was the idea the authors put forth that a great love story is a never-ending conversation. This notion runs counter to the prevailing notions in our media — ones that say love is an easy, happily-ever-after tale. In reality, keeping our relationships fresh takes hard work and openness, again and again.

This book helps readers analyze all aspects of their relationships, then ask the right questions in regard to each subject. As the authors state, as long as we are willing to do the work, willing to commit and be forever curious about our partners, we will keep our love alive.

But that love cannot last if we don’t keep the conversation open. This book helps bring that message to light. It’s a quick, straightforward, and to-the-point read. I’d recommend checking it out.

-Brian Sachetta
Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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  • CJ H. in AZ
  • 16-06-21

Great message, terrible narration

I have read or watched several of Gottman’s works. I find him to be an insightful and entertaining researcher and presenter. This book is chock full of great information to help a variety of couples. The narration is terrible. The male narrator is really more suited for fiction as the tone and cadence of his voice takes on a tension that is unnecessary here. The female narrator has an urgency to her voice that does not fit the content.
Overall, it’s an insightful and enjoyable relationship book. I will likely purchase a hard copy because the narration was not worth sitting through again.

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  • Daniel Kaufman
  • 21-12-19

Loved it

So insightful. I look forward to going on these dates and asking and answering these questions!

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  • K.L. Lotterhos
  • 15-10-21

Great Content, boring narrator

Emotionless reader for a very emotional and vibrant topic. Hard to engage even though the content is fascinating

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  • Chris Kristiansen
  • 26-06-21

Not great as an audiobook.

It includes a lot of exercises and questions to answer as a couple, so I think it's not really suitable for an audiobook.

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  • Kellie
  • 23-05-21

Great insight

I really enjoyed this book. It was recommended to me by my therapist. Have me perspective and tools on how to communicate my important values in a partnership and learn to ask more questions about my
Partners important values. It allows good open ended questions and insights in my partner. Never assume what your partner is thinking and conflict is healthy.

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