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  • Love Is Not Enough by Mark Manson
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About the author

Mark Manson is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, the mega-best seller that reached #1 in fourteen different countries. Mark’s books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Mark runs one of the largest personal growth websites in the world, MarkManson.net. He currently lives in New York City.

Summary

Best-selling author Mark Manson brings his signature no-nonsense wisdom back to the subject he started his career covering: relationships. Being with your partner may feel like rainbows and unicorns, but that doesn't mean you have a healthy, functioning relationship. Sure, we all need love...but love is not enough. 

In Love Is Not Enough, Mark’s first Audible Original, you’ll follow five real people over the course of six months as they navigate f--ked up romantic situations, ranging from dating app addiction to marital affairs to absurd fantasies. At regular intervals, they check in with Mark, share their stories, and soak up some advice. As you listen to these candid, funny, and moving conversations, you’ll learn how to stand up for yourself when you feel the most vulnerable. You'll learn how our imaginations derail intimacy, how our deepest desires can lead us into trouble. You'll learn how to open yourself up, and you'll develop the courage to say and hear that necessary word, "no." You'll learn how to love. And you'll learn that love is not enough.

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Overhyped

I decided to give this a go based on an article I found on the Guardian. Found it obvious, cliched, in your face and even unnatural/forced/faked. Esther Perel's podcasts are infinitely better and more worth anyone's time than this. Disappointing overall.

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Too much forced laughfter

Which is annoying. Don't laugh at pain, it comes off as condescending. Is this an american thing?

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soooooo good!

What a great book. everything made so much sense to me. I especially found it helpful to have real people talking about their situations and being able to relate. I have learnt so much and have many take away moments. Thank you Mark.

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  • 07-04-20

Gets better as you get into it.

I didn’t like it to start with. I went back to it and really enjoyed it.

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The Best Relationship Advice Ever

Mark Manson offers a sober look at how healthy relationships really look like. Personally, it helped me navigate common relationship problems. Listeners will know where they screwed up in their relationships.
Don't miss out. It's a must-have for anybody trying to build an intimate relationship with someone else.

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Def worthy of a listen if you are nosey

Really enjoyed this book. I found all backgrounds engaging and individual. They told their own stories which I found capturing

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Upbeat American relationship podcast

Like Sarah Knight, Mark Manson is best known for his self help books with profanity spewn titles that have become best sellers in recent years. Mark specialises in relationship advice and he has an analytical but friendly approach to subjects such as boundaries, comparability and, of course, love. Trent Reznor famously sang "Love is Not Enough" on industrial rock band Nine Inch Nail's 2005 album "With Teeth" and Mark Manson takes this theme in the book. This is more of a podcast than his other works and he interviews a series of upbeat and open Americans about their relationship issues and unpicks their problems and offers his advice as to what they are doing wrong. The participants in this book all seem like real people and were selected from around 500 people who contacted the author. It all seems fairly straightforward when you break it down to constituent parts of what makes a good relationship; respect being top of the list. At the end of the day we are all looking for "All of the Love in the World", we do not want "Every Day Exactly the Same" and it ids best if we do not bite "The Hand that Feeds" or we will enter a "Downward Spiral", become a "Pretty Hate Machine" and end up "Broken".

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Great book! Wonderful stories! Mark done good job!

Great contents, learned a lot! Mark have done wonderful job! Wonderful real stories! 5 stars!

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Absolutely amazing

A must listen! Really fascinating audiobook. I learnt so much from this and it was really engaging.

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Funny and entertaining, but not much new content

I've genuinely enjoyed listening to this audio book, but unlike the other books of Mark, this left me feeling like I didn't learn anything new at all.

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  • Jennifer L. Gasko
  • 10-05-20

Mark Manson laughs at animal abuse

In this book, Mark Manson laughs at animal abuse. I can get past him providing relationship guidance to a woman in a long term relationship with a married man in the context it is provided. What I can not get past, is Mark laughing at a woman having sex with her dog. Sex with an animal is abuse. What it is not, is funny. It is a felony in many states, as it should be in all of them.
Shame on Mark Manson. Shame on Audible.
Please do not spend your money on this book.

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  • lovethatworkout
  • 23-04-20

Upsetting and disappointing

Mark chose 5 cases out of thousands of relationship issues, and guess what he chose? He is actually counseling one woman on how to have a better relationship with her married affair partner of 3 yrs! I was appalled! Is that so common is his professional experience that he thinks the rest of us want to know how to have better relationships with our affair partners! I am still upset from reading and just returned the book

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  • Nicole M Duncan
  • 27-03-20

Yuck!

Was a big fan of Manson’s relationship blog and excited for this release. Unfortunately, found it to be tedious, boring, and painful to listen to. Very disappointed. :(

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  • Tino Covarrubias
  • 02-04-20

Save your money.

Horrible couldn’t finish it. Can I get my money back? Nothing like his other book.

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  • Lisa Gonzalez
  • 17-04-20

Not Mark’s best work

I love Mark Manson’s books but this one wasn’t his best. It was hard getting through this one. This book just consists of a bunch of therapy sessions between him and people struggle with relationships. It’s pain listening to the clients when they talk. I tried picking things out that I could relate to but the presentation of the information was the issue.

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  • Tyler Drumm
  • 27-03-20

Keep doing what you're doing!!

I have been an avid Mason reader for a while now. Looking forward to the Will Smith book buddy... I know you're going to kill it!! He always keeps me engaged with the stories, philosophies, and ideas of how to look at things in a different perspective and that is something that is cherished and that is valuable to me. This new project "Love Is Not Enough" is something everybody should take a look at. People sometimes get stuck in these modes of thinking that end up hindering their ability to live fully and happy ("The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken"). So thank you Mark for inspiring me to be a better me. If I happen to see you in a bar someday... drinks are on me! Cheers!

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  • Susan P
  • 17-04-20

Such an unpleasant book

Must be use the F word in every sentence? Do people actually talk this way? I don't want to be mean but most of the people he speaks to in the book are stuck in patterns of behavior that I don't believe they have any intention of changing. This is such a depressing book.

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  • ElMarquez
  • 22-04-20

This should be a podcast

This is really a podcast type listen. Ok to listen if you're bored but skip if you're looking for a more substantial read/listen. I'm not sure why it's rated so high.

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  • karla lopez
  • 29-03-20

great book

i really enjoyed it, easy to followed.
funny at times, serious when need it to be.

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  • Idalin Bobe
  • 30-03-20

Helpful to hear the pitfalls of other people

Sometimes it is hard to self reflect on ways we may come up messy in a relationship, or the ways that we self sabotage from the one thing we want: to feel loved and accepted. Listening to the struggle of other's can help, as you can reflect on your experiences and see where you too may have fallen in a similar mind trap, all in the name of protecting yourself. The book is fun to listen to, though I felt the stories were very extreme and it was hard to relate to the people he interviewed. I was hoping to hear a story from a less dramatic person but I guess it is those stories that our media loves to highlight. Mark Mason has a very nonjudgmental approach to how he sits and listens, though he is assessing things, but still I appreciate how he narrates and engages with each person. It is a good listen.

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