The Course of Love

  • by Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

So many romances are focused on how two people come together and the hurdles they overcome, but what happens after you ride off into the sunset?
Penguin presents, the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Twenty years after his best-selling debut, Essays in Love, internationally acclaimed author Alain de Botton returns to fiction with a brilliant new novel about modern relationships.
What does it mean to live happily ever after?
At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next?
Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact it is only the beginning. From the first thrill of lust to the joys and fears of real commitment to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them.
Playful, wise and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is a delightful return to the novel by Alain de Botton, 20 years after his debut, Essays in Love.


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A beautiful, gentle, deeply insightful telling of love and its complications which left me feeling hopeful about relationships and the possibilities of understanding (and forgiving) ourselves and others. A must to all who want to have eyes open when committing to another.
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- Mrs

Great lessons

Great story. Only bad point is that some parts are whispered really soft followed by loud narrative
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- Rutger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-04-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd