• 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


I read Eat, Love, Pray, a year or so ago and go back and re-listen quite often. Please note, this is not that book, this is a great breakdown of marriage and what it means to some, vs. others. And what some people have to go through to come to terms with it. The reason I think I loved it as much as I did, was all of the information she passes along, the details from marriage counselors, researchers, and her own experiences. I love the way she writes, and even though you must understand these are HER opinions, and by no means are they mine, I get what she is going through, and that takes a lot, to put your self THAT out there. I recommended this to my Sister (who is not a reader) and she too loved it, and said she learned a lot as well, and I cannot give anything a higher rating than that.

I highly recommend this book!
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- Heidi

Book Details

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