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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)

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Real life counselling sessions

Be a fly on the wall during these electric, intimate conversations about modern day relationships
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Publisher's 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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I'd recommend this to all couples

I am a male and have been married for 2 years but together for 5 we have no issues in our relationship but this has also made me think of ways to make sure it stays on track and know what to expect when we have kids not pro women or pro men its neutral...... which is a surprise in this day and age

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The insight you get with other people's stories

Totally love the insights you get from listening to other people's stories and relationship issues. Esther Perel has an amazing ability to guide people to dig deeper, to come up with the root cause of the problem. I can listen to her for hours on end

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Recommend this for everyone!

Esther has a fascinating way of working out the dynamics and issues in these relationships and there is something you can pick up and learn from every episode. its a must read

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Great analysis of a marriage in crisis

authentic, relatable, thought-provoking, wise. Esther cleverly guides this couple through their respective sense of betrayal, disappointment and emotional breakdown.

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Amazing way to learn

I didnt think I would like this but I enjoyed it so much and learnt SO MUCH! Incredible to feel like your in the room with people dealing with stuff. You feel all the emotions

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Some good learnings

A nicely delivered series with varying stories. Some that were heartwarming and emotional but there was always a key piece to learn even though they weren’t my own direct problems. I’ve definitely learnt some better ways to communicate and have a greater understanding that my emotional needs are important however it’s the way in which I express them in future relationships.

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Didn’t know I wanted to listen to this until I did

Have you ever thought you’d like to be a fly on the wall and listen to real life couples in counselling? No, probably not! I didn’t either until I downloaded this series. Made me smile and cry. Fascinating, real, addicting and relevant. Definitely worth a listen, you’ll know by the first episode if it’s your thing. Enjoy!

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inter-voyeurism

listening to anguish, realisation and possibility opens a pathway to view relationship understood differently. Thankyou

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Fascinating

I love listening to Esther work. Fascinating insight into the multi faceted possibilities of life in general and people trying to get through together. I also enjoy the retrospective narration and critique, makes for an even more comprehensive experience - authentic, insightful and affecting.

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not a fan.

some places are very hard to understand. if I listen to an accent it's better for me to be face to face

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  • SJPagey
  • 02-03-2018

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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  • Viv
  • 12-04-2018

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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  • Karen P.
  • 17-01-2020

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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  • J. Davis
  • 14-10-2020

amazing insight powerful stories

sometimes you discover the golden nuggets toward wisdom in the strangest of places. often just as you are about to abandon your search, many many thanks for this

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  • E. M. Abramik
  • 07-07-2020

Brilliant!

Gives you an unprecedented access to what's going on behind the closed doors. So relatable! A great resource for anyone who's willing to look closer at their relationship.

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  • Anna
  • 05-07-2020

Highly recommended!

Esther makes a lot of sense!..... wish I'd known about her earlier, it definitely makes you look back on your own relationships. It helps you understand that even though experiencing unfaithfulness from a partner is deeply hurtful, there is almost always reasons for their actions, very often it's down to miscommunication/ no communication, but mainly it's to do with the person who's cheating. often when someone has been unfaithful to you, you stay in victim mode, you blame yourself, maybe you weren't sexy enough, beautiful enough, good enough. Esther allows you another view point, that you can only see if you come out of victim mode, and coming out of victim mode is very empowering.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-2020

Brilliant!!!

I love this woman!! What a discovery Esther Perel! I’m now intrigued to read her books as well. She is so sensitive and smart at unlocking couples’ potentials, understanding what’s underneath the surface and helping people get through the most unthinkable challenges, childhood & cultural blocks and limiting beliefs. Her wit and direct approach make her sessions so unique and funny too! Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2020

Loved it!

Very interesting to listen to and very educative at the same time! I want more of that!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2020

Therapeutical

I found each episode therapeutical. I recommend it to anyone, no matter their marital status.

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  • JP
  • 31-01-2020

Fantastic

Fantastic, I learnt a lot from each episode I highly recommend checking this out. It will improve your social and emotional intelligence.