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  • By: Aziz Ansari
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (524 ratings)

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At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time."Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?" "Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!" "My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who's Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?"

But the transformation of our romantic lives can't be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighbourhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were 24. Today people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analysed behavioural data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world's leading social scientists, including Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humour book we've seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humour with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

©2015 Aziz Ansari (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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Aziz as you'd expect

This book was forwarded to me by a friend as a gift. I'd seen some of Aziz on Netflix as well as listening to some on Spotify. I, being a relatively successful middle class single male really get a lot out of this dude. My friend I think feels I need to move into the dating scene a bit more seriously. Not that I can't get dates, just that I don't really try, or am quite happily occupied with what already goes on around me. After listening to this though I believe I probably avoid dating which is sad. I'm awesome and have a lot to offer. Aziz's book Modern Romance is very well researched and takes a look at modern and historical dating from a variety of cultures. The biggest thing I got out of it is not to expect to have met the perfect chick on the first or second date, but that like with anything, perfection takes time and that is the same with people. Meet them 5 or 6 or 10 times before moving on. Or not moving on. I know this sounds simple, and it's something I've known. But it was good to hear it from someone as cool as Aziz.

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Refreshing, entertaining and funny.

Having Aziz read and commentate the book gave it that extra level of authenticity. I found this book to be insightful, entertaining and fun. I'd highly recommend it to anyone born mid 80s to mid 90s. This is exactly what we need in the age of technological advancement and cultural shifts. Well done Aziz.

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Excellent story that is both informative and funny

Where does Modern Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first audio book I have bought and listened to. I was so pleased with the purchase that it is going to be difficult for other books to compete. Lots of information that I believe young and mature audiences can relate to. The fact that Aziz is narrating the story makes some of the facts and stories even funnier. Highly recommend. 10/10 would do again

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Aziz is hilarious

So refreshing to read a celeb book about something other than themselves. This was interesting, relevant and hilarious. Highly recommend the audio book.

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Terrible.

I can't finish this book . I brought it because I love Aziz. he's a funny guy. The sample at the start was funny but the content is incredibly boring. He is an excellent narrator though.

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Entertaining and insightful

A great insight into current hookups, dating and the pursuit for love. Seemingly well researched yet easy to take in thanks to the entertaining Aziz.

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witty, charming and informative

I really enjoyed listening to this book, it resonated on different levels, and I actually caught myself laughing a few times.

it is an easy and light audio book to listen too. not to be taken seriously.

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Funny & informative

very interesting topic, I like how he went through the issues, the experiences and the studies. he made me laugh with his jokes and excellent narration.
light-hearted and interesting book.

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Like listening to Aziz stand up for hours

This was an excellent book, Aziz is a talented guy - I actually read this awhile ago but always recommend it to people so I thought i’d leave a review. I’d definitely read this again. Very thought provoking and was an excellent conversation starter at parties.

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Why is he calling his listener's lazy piece of sh

why is he calling his listeners lazy piece of shit.
What an idiot, that's not a nice thing to do.
The book itself is interesting so far, I am about one hour in

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