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Eat, Pray, Love

One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (360 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Wonderful book!

Fabulous story and loved that it was read by the author as it let her tell her story how she wanted it to be told.

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Excellent

I loved this audiobook! Elizabeth Gilbert's narration of her own spiritual journey of self discovery is relatable and captivating. Each of the three parts of the book is different in their own right, but linked by her experiences and reflections. Well written, well spoken, highly recommend.

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don't bother

This book was the most self absorbed rubbish ever. I could not force myself to finish it, not even for my book club.

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Overrated

Voice was annoying especially when feigning foreign accents. Story was pretty thin. Overall pretty average:

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Need permission to liberate yourself?

For those avid readers who are seeking a novel that describes a person's emotional and spiritual journey. I found that it helped me to find the courage to break free of anything that doesn't enrich your life. I'm sure, if nothing else, this book will make you want to travel!

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Amazing

Glued to every word.
There is a lightness in me tonight as I listen to the final chapter. Thank you xx

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Just lovely!

Be transported on a voyage of discovery. A voyage that will help you discover a little about yourself too.

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I didn't want the book to end. Go Phillipe & Liz!

So we'll articulated, grounded energy had me listening whenever I felt stressed (mmm everyday). A really well written well read story.

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Inspiring and entertaining

A very inspiring and entertaining journey. It was a joy to listen to and I didn't want it to end.

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Ugh

I wanted to like this book, I really did but this woman is insufferable. From her disturbing narration during which she seems to think it’s ok to (badly) mimic the accents of foreigner to her concerning ability to spend 12 months in foreign countries and still only be able to see the world through her American perspective this story is a mess.

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  • Michelle
  • 22-03-2010

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
  • 11-10-2010

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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  • KeziaLivesLegendary
  • 05-01-2019

Just lovely

Absolutely enjoyed this, finished it in 1 day couldn't not get to the end. I'll definitely be recommending this

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  • Anita
  • 30-09-2018

Just what I needed at this point in my life!!

I loved every bit of this story. It was as if she was telling my story. The struggles with loneliness, depression, feeling "not enough", feeling worthless and not realizing my own worth.
Is was enlightening and it gave me hope of finally making my own "attraversiamo"! :-)

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  • Cass
  • 09-09-2018

Thank You

This was a unique read. The story is not everybody's story. we all have our own. As human beings we are not prone to considering others' emotional paths, trials and lessons as an element of entertainment, but this story allowed me to experience a personal journey of pain, self discovery and ultimately joy.
In order for me to be simultaneously entertained, while gaining insight into many facets of human journeys experiencing growth and emotion, I did not consider the tale in light of an individual's "story" (i.e. characters and plots), but rather a soulful adventure of a being finding acceptance, love and happiness - regardless of the circumstances, environment and current station.
I liked it, because I have quite a journey ahead of me and the solutions and wisdom provided will enable me to tackle my adventure with grace, love and above all else: humour.

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  • Rucha Tare
  • 13-06-2018

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
  • 15-05-2018

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
  • 27-11-2017

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
  • 19-09-2017

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
  • 18-01-2017

Perfecto!

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

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  • M Baker
  • 30-06-2017

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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  • Verner
  • 23-04-2016

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2018

Bleurgh...

As a budding writer and spiritual person myself, I found Liz Gilbert’s book ‘Big Magic’ to be truly inspiring and was happy to find another title from this author, who until then I knew very little about. Here however, I should have marked ‘performances’ higher, as the author narrates stories that I intuit either aren’t true, or are vastly over exaggerated for creative purposes. The stakes are so low, it just feels like it’s written for every overdramatic, overprivileged middle age woman, who’s only real drama is realising she naturally creates too much of the damn stuff. I’ve just found out they made this book into a film too!? I’ll hazard a guess it was viewed by the aforementioned demographic, a little bored at home and wants to romanticise that even half of this is a true story. Even the dialogue sounds fake. Yuk.




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  • Roz
  • 02-03-2016

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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  • Jacqueline
  • 01-04-2010

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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  • Raksha Rathod
  • 26-09-2016

Even better as as an Audiobook

Would you listen to Eat, Pray, Love again? Why?

Yes absolutely! Its one of those books that when you listen to it again and again you get a new gold nugget way of thinking and can learn something new from it every time. When I read the book a few years ago I enjoyed it but listening to it gives it a whole new experience. I felt I was traveling with Elizabeth Gilbert on her spiritual journey and was easily able to relate it to my own.

What other book might you compare Eat, Pray, Love to, and why?

The Big Magic - As it is another one of Elizabeth's bestsellers. I do feel I got more enjoyment and related more to Eat, Pray, Love more so therefore it is my favorite of the two.

What about Elizabeth Gilbert’s performance did you like?

It is heartfelt, real and from the heart. The impact it had was far more greater than if it was someone else narrating her story. You could hear the passion, realisations and experience in her voice as if you are with her or even experiencing yourself. It was a lovely listen, as I know that it was a true story told by the person who experienced it and enjoyed the experience so much. You can hear the warmth and calmness in Elizabeth's voice when she speaks of her yogic learnings and spiritual experiences which is perfect for the subject of the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think I may have actually felt a whole heap of emotions when listening to the book - which made me realise how good the audiobook was. There was laughter at the description of some of the characters and sadness when she speaks of heartbreak that all females can relate to. Howvever, my favorite emotion that was brought out in me was the feeling of enlightenment when listening to Elizabeth talk of her spiritual learnings through her experiences.

Any additional comments?

Love love love this Audiobook.

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  • K. Lesny
  • 29-10-2015

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2019

Life Changing

This book shows a different way of thinking. After listening it I purchased a hardcopy. it worth read as well.

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  • Charli
  • 21-05-2019

Didn't think I would like this so much!

I missed the ride when this book and movie first came out, I thought it sounded awful and I wanted nothing to do with it.
But this book is honesty great, so much so that I wanted to watch the movie after - turns out I really can't sit still through a movie and that is why Audible works so well for me!
Great story and well read. I would recommend to anyone seeking a little bit more spirituality in their life.

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  • K. Mcchesney
  • 20-04-2019

lovely

I really needed somethk g gentle and calming and that's exactly what I got. What a lovely story and really well read by the author. her gentle calming voice was perfect.
the story itself is excellent and so inspiring.although I was disappointed with the editing in a couple of chapters one was published back to for t and the other repeated. both g yo do with the story of the performance.