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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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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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Soothing voice. Way too long

If you live and breath Oprah then you’ll love this. The whole ‘empty person standing at a cross roads’ speech. You need to be in the mood for this and maybe in a relatable situation to absorb the ongoing chatter.

Too much internal monologues. 12 hours too much.

I didn’t like Julia Roberts in the movie but do like her generally. The movie was ok to watch In chunks but I got bored quickly and felt similar about the book.
Too many chapters.
I didn’t enjoy part 3 of the book the most.

It could have easily been 6 hours and I would have felt better about it.
Oh and my last thing was I didn’t like her constantly referring to sex as ‘love making’. Just made me cringe.


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An amazing adventure!!!

I was hesitant to read this book as I saw the movie first and didn’t really like it. The book is so much better! Such a great adventure and the way Liz reads it and makes voices for all the characters was great!!!!

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Absolutely divine! I loved every word.

The narration was amazing, full of life and colour, as were the words. What an incredible story. Couldn't put it down. Onto the next one!

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Great listening!

Loved Liz’s story all about life. I found it really easy and enchanting to listen to. We can all relate to so much in this story.

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Second Reading

I read the physical book when it was a huge phenomenon. Now coming back to it and being read by Liz was like a warm hug. The lessons that I took away the first time have got me through many of time of doubt. The reading this time reaffirmed them.

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Brilliant

Made even better by her narration. I love her beautifully articulated string of descriptive wit and charm. I really enjoyed listening to this book, far more than reading the book or more so than watching the movie.

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Terrible

Author was annoying, vain and wingey, authors voice monotone and uninterested in her own story

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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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  • James Seviour
  • 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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  • ITC
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-2020

Your taken on a journey of self discovery

A few months ago, like most of us I hit a real low. A debilitating low that was unlike the others I had before due to being stuck indoors with COVID-19 restrictions (add anxiety and depression into the mix and that’s a hella cocktail of fun..) and then I remembered watching the EPL film and it always brought me joy. I decided to download the book and give it a go and I am so very glad I did.
I love the fact Elizabeth narrates this (and her voice sounds identical to Julia Roberts!? How odd!?) and with Liz’s emotional journey through finding herself from a lost place (which I had been in a similar place a few years ago minus the amazing travelling afterwards.. long term relationship went bad blah blah you know the rest) I went on her journey and mine too. I could relate to her on so many levels it was so human. I saw Italy, India and Bali through her eyes and felt swept away in her world of self discovery, spirituality, processing and finding herself that I oh so needed to hear. It’s not heavy going by any means but she puts a perspective on life that is so deep and true yet light to take.
This book is a wonderful mixture of travel, friendships, self discovery, grieving and spirituality that I am oh so glad I could relate too and suddenly feel not so alone whilst processing my past.
A feel good yet deep discovery book about a woman who has everything on paper, looses it all by choice and finds it all again within herself whilst soaking in the cultures, foods and glory of her travels.

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  • Kazzakirk
  • 30-03-2019

I need to travel! Xx

Loved this so much that even though I’m just finished I’m looking forward to starting it again tonight x As a woman who married & became a mother while still in my teens (because that’s what I wanted more than anything) I always aimed to travel & find myself in my 40’s once the kids had left home & were all settled in their lives. Had planned that my business would be running itself by then and could be monitored from anywhere in the world. But life happened & long term ill health after an accident during my late 30’s had prevented me considering it xx Whilst listening and being super inspired by this book Have found organisations that offer travel with ‘care support’ provided xx So savings started and I think for my 50th birthday I’ll be off on the long awaited/needed adventure xx Elizabeth writes & narrates this beautifully, with enough depth not to lose you, enough humour to keep you alert (I tend to drift off easy) & with a skill that really made me feel I went on this journey also xx Excellent 5*****

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  • William
  • 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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  • J. Insley
  • 19-10-2019

Self indulgent drivel

I down loaded this book about an hour ago because we have to read it for my book club. After listening to the intro and the first few chapters I'm afraid I give up. I cannot waste any more of my life listening to a 30-something whine on self obsessedly about herself. Very irritating voice and manner of reading. I'm returning the book, in the sincere belief that Giovanni dodged a bullet!

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  • Roz
  • 02-03-2016

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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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  • 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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  • Donna Eade
  • 14-04-2021

Wonderful trek through one woman’s awakening

I loved this and wish I had the balls to travel alone myself. This was a wonderful year in a life. Self discovery and searching and the things discovered along the way, so powerful.

How wonderful to have a guide like Richard and Jose.

And a great insight into cultures I’ve never seen truly eye opening in so many ways.

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