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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2016 Alain de Botton (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ninell on 04-27-17

Honest and insightful

Really enjoyed every moment. A brutally honest but empathetic view on being human. Living life through the characters i gained perspective on my own relationships, and changed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G.K. on 04-05-18

page Turner

thoughtful, informative, well researched good read. highly recommended. a helpful start for struggling couples. easy read

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By Mrs on 11-03-16

Sublime

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Rutger on 09-14-16

Great lessons

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria on 07-22-16

Prescribed pre-relationship reading

Alain de Botton has created a entertaining story that provides a realistic view of relationships & marriage.. We can all take something from this story & perhaps remove the pressure of trying to have the "perfect life". Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Corne on 07-22-16

enlightening

extremely good narrator, indifferent to taking sides, and reading so even the most illogical ideas become logical. The storyline goes through and sheds light on every aspect of marriage, shedding light on modern societal misconceptions. As a realist, I found this book helping me feel much more willing to open up and to give people a chance. An absolute must-read, just ignore the very few swear words.

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