• 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 were survivors of previous bad divorces. Enough said.)
But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which - 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 into this topic completely, trying with all her might to discover through historical research, interviews, and much personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is.
Told with Gilbert's trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to "turn on all the lights" when it comes to matrimony, frankly examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition, social expectations, divorce risks, and humbling responsibilities. Gilbert's memoir 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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Perfect timing

I just finished reading Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert. I enjoyed it and listened to the first 2/3's in one day. I almost didn't buy it because of so many mixed reviews and reviews that said it was nothing like Eat, Pray, Love. To me it was the perfect sequel. What I realise is that enjoying the book probably depends on where you are in your life or relationship. When I read Eat, Pray, Love I was very single & dating. Probably a bit disillusioned by the dating scene and looking for something deeper & more fulfilling for myself. Reading about someone in a similar situation and how she found her way through it was exaclty what I needed. Reading her book now, from a pretty new (just over a year) but committed relationship where neither of us feels the need or want to have a formal commitment ceremony, I can relate to her journey once again. For me, this book was perfect, but had I read Committed then & Eat, Pray, Love now, I think I would've enjoyed them, but wouldn't have gotten so much out of them and learned so much about myself in the process.
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- Nancy

Comit to listening to this audiobook

I have to say right away, that I am a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan. That said, I enjoyed Committed immensely and was not the slightest bit disappointed.

Ms. Gilbert is a very good reader. She adds to the feeling and sentiment of her words with the tone of her voice. I love her portrayal of Asian voices.

She did a wonderful job of intertwining research of historical facts with memoir.

I would even go as far to say that this book should be required reading for anyone who thinks they want to get married or anyone who is wondering why they are not married or wondering why they are divorced.

Unlike the reviewer from the NYTimes I am female and think that females probably like this more than males.

And I hate to admit this because I do not like weddings but I cried when I heard her relate the story of hers.
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- Janine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio