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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.
©2010 Elizabeth Gilbert; (P)2010 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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By Eric on 12-29-11

Profoundly Simple

Being on the precipice of marriage myself, I bought Committed hoping it would discuss marriage from a few different sociological perspectives, which it did, albeit lightly. What surprised me is that this book is primarily a story, a story about Elizabeth Gilbert's attempt at coming to terms with the whole idea of marriage after having been through an intensely painful one already.

And being a guy I was hesitant to read an emotional account of her experience, but having just finished the book, I'm pleased to say that I have grown by reading this book. Without really expecting it to, it has addressed some of my own concerns, doubts and questions about marriage. And now, going into marriage, I think that I will approach it with a better appreciation for what women have given up for marriage in the past, and hopefully I'll use this knowledge to help redefine marriage within the privacy of my own union, and in doing so, within my community.

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By Ana on 03-27-12

This is not a sequel of Eat,Pray, Love

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Commited is a book for those people who have or have had at some point in their lives, a hard time coming to terms with the institution of marriage. It is probably not for those who do not or did not question marriage, or those who do not or did not feel uncomfortable with conforming to such traditional institution. Commited is a long personal reflection of the author with regard to the need of getting married independently of her will. It seems that process took her took many months. To me, it took years. So, I definitely recommend the book. But don't expect a sequel of Eat, Pray, Love. This is an exercise on introspection, with rather little travelling and fun.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Gilbert? Why or why not?

After finishing the book, I immediately looked for some of her speeches and talks and particularly enjoyed her TED talk on the creative process. She is an incredibly articulate writer with the perfect mixture of ironic and serious prose.

What about Elizabeth Gilbert’s performance did you like?

I had never listened to a writer speaking his (her) own book. It is very interesting and she did it well. I wished, though, she sounded a little more ironic on the ironic parts and paused longer after them, so that I would have had time to finish laughing before she started the following paragraph.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a long book, impossible to listen in one sitting for someone who juggles between family and office.

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By Jacqueline on 01-22-10

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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By mlaa on 02-07-16

Different but as enjoyable as eat pray love

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Elizabeth Gilbert read Committed. It is an interesting mix between a story of two lovers and a thesis on marriage. It is very different from the fabulous eat pray love but different isn't a bad thing, it's just different!

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By Kelly Ann McKercher on 10-24-16

To be adored and enthralled

I love anything Liz writes, and this is no exception. She is so very talented, and her narration is beautiful. As an anthropologist and newlywed I adored the book - I feel very differently about marriage than I did before.

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By Roz on 05-24-16

Loved it!

I love Elizabeth Gilbert's narration..it's a beautiful book. The book is a collection of essays and musings on the idea of marriage and how she reconciles her concerns over the institution with genuine love and requirement to get married.

It spoke to me on a personal level as I to am in a "wife less" childless marriage, which is a relationship that not many people discuss.

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