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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Narrator: Elizabeth Gilbert Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781101154465
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At the end of her bestselling 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 horrific 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “This story is essentially journalism, written by an extremely competent journalist…It’s a charming narrative that ends, Shakespearean-fashion, with a happy-hearted wedding. What’s not to like?”

    Washington Post

  • “Gilbert’s reading is unimpeachable. Her voice is low, warm, slightly hoarse; her attitude is confiding and self-deprecating, and her charm does much in making the book’s less palatable sections go down easily.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “She tells an irresistibly romantic tale spiked with unusual and resonant insights into love and marriage.”

    Booklist

  • Selected for the January 2010 Indie Next List
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lan | 2/16/2014

    " I'm currently reading on the 3rd chapter of the book about the history of marriage.wow,how its startlingto know!..right now I'm happy not to be born to marry during those times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann Drewiske | 2/10/2014

    " Ok but not great. I didn't identify with the author's neurosis around marriage, though, so maybe this book just wasn't for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Brandli | 2/5/2014

    " Very interesting research on marriage, I thought. If you didn't like Eat, Pray, Love don't read this book then complain about how awful it was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonia | 2/5/2014

    " i enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. Even if the topic of marriage isn't something you are particularly interested in, the discussions she brings up in the book about human nature and relationships are really well articulated and made me think. It was a great read, definitely recommend it to anyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 1/30/2014

    " When I read Eat Pray Love, I thought that she was a bit of a self indulgent woman, and this book really confirmed it. I am not convinced that she really doesn't want children as she constantly mentions them in her battle with marriage. I hope she is happy with Felipe, and we don't have to read about another divorce in five years time!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Watson | 1/22/2014

    " I listened to this book on tape during a very long drive, and it was really interesting. I love Gilbert's prose style, and while I greatly prefer her fiction to her recent forays into the chick lit memoir, this book was really thoughtful and compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layne | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting perspectives on both modern and traditional/cultural roots of marriage. Gilbert's comments on gay marriage shed new light on my own beliefs about marriage and while I still have the same beliefs, I more clearly can articulate why I hold them, and define it a bit differently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Ford | 1/5/2014

    " Looking for an overview on the history of marriage encapsulated inside a single, personal relationship -- Gilbert has done just this with her book. I was impressed with the amount of history she was able to convey while moving her own personal narrative forward. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 1/4/2014

    " Not as good as the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/29/2013

    " Interesting in parts but at times felt like she was trying to get enough material to fill a whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 emilyo | 12/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone looking for light non-fiction. It reads like a long, interesting magazine article but is also introspective and very well-organized, with tidbits of her own experience woven in throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malani Pillay | 12/23/2013

    " A wonderfully well written tell all confessional. Elizabeth Gilbert shares her journey down the aisle of matrimony. A must read for every woman questioning marriage. I found myself in the pages of this book.Absolutely loved this book !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 12/22/2013

    " I am a newlywed so I found this book very interesting to read early on in my marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SuzyAC7 | 12/5/2013

    " I'm enjoying this book.This is the follow-up to Eat Pray Love.(Which I liked too!)Elizabeth Gilbert makes some really good points in the book and makes you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goodlife Guide | 11/25/2013

    " A less intriguing follow-up to "Eat, Pray, Love" although a much more forensic approach to love and self-discovery. It doesn't have the raw emotions and adventure but I enjoyed learning how the story ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/4/2013

    " If you're married, thinking about getting married, divorced or on your way to divorce, read this. Read it with an open mind. Never have I been so relieved and yet saddened by the realization that I'm not the only one who feels this way about marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/3/2013

    " You know what? I thought this book was great. I marked it up like crazy. It is a comprehensive book on great thoughts about marriage and why some "fail" and others "succeed." It was thought provoking for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NYLon Carry On | 10/2/2013

    " I was not too big on her huge hit, but I really enjoyed this book! Kinda 'memoir meets academia'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy P | 9/24/2013

    " I liked this book more than the first one! I found the research (though obviously tainted by personal opinion) on marriage and relationships fascinating and fun to read in the context of someone's personal experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marwa | 8/4/2013

    " Very insightful. It's an eye-opener for any woman who's about to get married. Elizabeth Gilbert's sense of humor made me devour this book! Couldn't put it down. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Ryan | 3/5/2013

    " Being a skeptic of marriage myself, I enjoyed the stories.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 moshimoshineko | 2/18/2013

    " Ms. Gilbert was skeptical about marriage, I'll be forever skeptical about your ability to write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bertmarie Lozano | 1/31/2013

    " Not exactly what I thought when I started it, but I completely enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/11/2012

    " I loved this book and the trials that she and her husband overcame to get married. The ending was fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Alvey | 8/15/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I thought the author's thoughts on marriage where very insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asha Rodrigues | 5/10/2012

    " She likes the words 'moreover' and 'furthermore'. A little too many facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paisley | 12/8/2011

    " Interesting thoughts on marriage, loosely held together by her personal story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Schmitzer | 8/6/2011

    " Loved Eat Pray Love so wanted to continue the story. Not as enjoyable as the first. She goes off on these rabbit trails and gets way too deep into her study on marriage at times but overall an ok book. A have to read to get closure on the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/22/2011

    " Interesting analysis if marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/24/2011

    " This is a wonderfully honest look at marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/22/2011

    " Eat Pray Love was such a beautiful memoir. I expected Gilbert's followup to be just as insightful but felt let down. Good, but not what I expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 5/22/2011

    " I was looking forward to seeing what came after Eat, Pray, Love and was disappointed. There was so much rambling on and on about marriage, I found myself skipping forward to get to more interesting parts of the story, the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/21/2011

    " Fascinating look at the history of marriage and differences across cultures. Great insights into why many women today remain single, the role of non-marrieds, non-moms, and a case for why marriage exists. Worth the read if you, as I, observe marriage from a distance... curious, skeptical... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 5/19/2011

    " helped me get ready and changed my views and opinion on marriage - fascinating facts
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camellia | 5/18/2011

    " Hmmm....not too fearful if I never get married. Gilbert found that women who actually get married have a greater chance of dying earlier than those who do not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 5/18/2011

    " Really funny. Makes you think of marriage in a different light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/17/2011

    " Already a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/16/2011

    " This book was fantastic, one of the best I have read in a long time! It was incredible. She is an amazingly truthful and direct author. I think her life is fascinating, and the way she puts words together is inspiring. I hope this becomes a movie like Eat, Pray, Love did! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pritchardna | 5/13/2011

    " I hated this book, lazy writing and, really, why try to follow up Eat, Pray, Love at all? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chanel | 5/10/2011

    " So boring :( just goes on and on about marriage... I stopped halfway. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big MagicEat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper's BazaarSpin, The New York Times Magazineand GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. Gilbert’s short fiction has appeared inEsquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.