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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Summary

Featuring consensually recorded counselling sessions, Belgian therapist and TED alum Esther Perel walks her clients through the ways in which relationships can break down, play out and build back up again. This bold experiment in intimacy, offers listeners the chance to eavesdrop on the failing relationships of real couples. 

As experiences, feelings and frustrations are laid bare for all to hear, the all too familiar tragedies that contribute to broken relationships can be both heartbreaking and life-affirming. 

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel presents a powerful and insightful exploration of modern day relationships. 

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Critic reviews

"Refreshingly bold and optimistic." (The New Yorker)

"Provocative, intriguing, and insightful all at once." (Vogue)

"Perel is one of the most exciting commentators on the human condition working today." (Refinery29)

"Utterly fascinating." (The Guardian)

"Her sessions are a dialectical, dynamic affair, so authentic that you can literally hear the white noise machine playing just outside her room." (Broadly)

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Personal conversations, universal connections

If you could sum up Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, fascinating, uplifting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel?

Esther: 'Ok, do you want to be right, or do you want to listen?'

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't. Esther has a beautiful, soft French accent that provides a calm, safe space for the participants. You can hear the emotion in their voices too. Powerful stuff.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every episode has a moment of connection, where - despite the particular circumstances of the couple's experiences - their fears and struggles resonated with me personally.

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Mind blowing!

Would you consider the audio edition of Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audible version of books. It makes me understand books better. I hardly read printed books. I have not this book in print either.

What other book might you compare Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel to, and why?

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz. This books also gives real life stories that I feel I can connect and understand. However, Esther's book goes even further by providing the true narrative of ordinary people. It is fantastic and so so so useful. Helpfult to all of us.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Narrative expressed by the person with feeling and connection

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

Yes! I so wanted to finish this recording in one setting, but did not have time but got through so quickly. Now I feel bereft and I want to listen more.

Any additional comments?

Don't have too many boxes of questions! Put all in one:)

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not really my kind of thing

listening to other peoples problems isnt realt my idea of fun . I had a listen as it was free. the advice she gives the couples seems to help them feel better.

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Insightful and instructive

Perel's insightful couples counsell8ng provides lots to learn for anyone in a relationship. Couples included cover a wide range of lifestyles and experiences.

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Insightful and full of learning

Esther's wisdom and respect for people make this programme a shining light on healing relationships.

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I lived with every couple though their story

Incredibly eye opening, not only does it show you what were are missing in daily routine but drives you to value and work on your own partnership. Esther Peres is amazing woman, inspiration change agent.

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Captivating

A unique and remarkable listen. As a counselling student I was hooked on the intriguing stories of the clients and the humour of Esther as well as her talent of easing a person into what is for some an uncomfortable experience. Some moments you can laugh and some moments are you have goosebumps from hearing a moment someone has began the process of grieving and letting something go. Well done all involved.

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Real talk

you could feel how the couple has struggled with the basics of how we stay in a long term relationship with eachother.

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Useful insight to apply on home soil

Recognising the difficulties other couples face in your own relationship even if there hasn't been an affair, the conversation is more about what happened before the point of transgression and listening to how Esther helps them navigate the conversation helps to open the conversation in your own relationship.

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Don't get anything from it

I never really underdrand or get any practical application from Esther Parel. I look for the substance but never manage to find it. I wish I knew what everyone was getting from her