Committed

  • by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.)
But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, who - after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing - gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again.
Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving completely into this topic, trying with all her might to discover (through historical research, interviews and much personal reflection) what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. The result is Committed - a witty and intelligent contemplation of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood.
Gilbert's memoir - destined to become a cherished handbook for any thinking person hovering on the verge of marriage - is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love, with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Catch up .... it's as good as the last one!

I like Elizabeth Gilbert because she talks about things that we only think! We only think about 'marriage' but not in the way we should. This memoir was always going to be difficult after the best seller 'Eat, Pray, Love' which is an amazing book, but this book is different, very different. This book tells us of the story of her romance a few years on and also more importantly about marriage and the things that we don't say or think that we should have before we do get ... or don't get married. Read it and I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Congratulations Elizabeth you have done it again!
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- Jacqueline

Dreadful

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is not like a novel it is more like a text book for students who are studying marriage. It is full of text book style essays on what Gilbert has researched on marriage. The 'story' as such is a very small one stretched out between Gilbert rambling on and on about historical and geographical marriage facts and figures. It's also seriously self indulgent and you just get sick of Gilbert whining on about not wanting to get married again. 1st world problems! She also calls her listeners 'people'. Yuk. Big disappointment. The audio however is good and she is a good reader, but that does not make this a good audio book.


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- CBC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2010
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc