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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:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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