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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,276 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alain de Botton Narrator: James Wilby Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Essays in Love charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak. It minutely analyzes emotions we've all felt before but have perhaps never understood so well: it includes a chapter on the anxieties of when and how to say I love you and another on the challenges of disagreeing with someone else's taste in shoes. While gripping the reader with the talent of a great novelist, de Botton brings a philosopher's sensibility to the emotions of love.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/17/2014

    " I recommend this book surprisingly often. It's written as a quasi-philosophical treatise, and in the style of Stendhal. The problem, wonderfully well-executed, is that the narrator's theories of love are continually overwhelmed by reality. Serious folks might say it's Nabokov-lite, but I really enjoyed the tone, and the fact that Team Theory puts up a good fight against Team Reality. Not as gimmicky as it might seem. If you liked this, you'd probably like The Red and the Black (esp. Raffel's very accessible, semi-recent translation. Fun stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Young | 2/16/2014

    " This is a great book that dissects and philosophizes on love. Complete with illustrations, this is a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shilpa Gulati | 2/1/2014

    " de Botton does not mince words. His writing is a carefully crafted work of art, and this story (formatted as numbered paragraphs and diagrams that are grouped by theme to narrate the story of a love found and then lost) reads lyrically. I picked this up after watching the author's insightful TED talk on human ideas of success and failure.. this novel also explores the complexity of human relationships and pins down difficult to express emotions. It's definitely not a romantic take on love, but it's very honest, perceptive, funny, and relatable - loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/23/2014

    " Hahaha I've already read this one, many times. I just love it so much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofie Vanmaele | 1/7/2014

    " Insightful & helpful. Both to those in a relationship so as to avoid unnecesary rows and romantic terrorism, as to those in the unfortunate position of trying to come to terms with a broken heart. Moreover, extremely well written with a bag load of cultural and philosophical references to frame the big subject. Was recommended in my moleskine by Ferdi some two years ago, thank you Ferdi!!!, but this proved to be the perfect timing to devour this - what should imho really be considered as a - treasure of a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/30/2013

    " This was absolutely my favorite-est book ever! I could not put this book down to begin with! I loved every single word on the page, I took it all in. Which, in reading it my senior year it was perfect because it talks about the immature and mature love. It really came in handy! I hope everyone reads this book at least once! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anderson Ramos | 12/21/2013

    " Delicious reading, Botton goes through all phases of a personal love story, bringing bright philosophical insight to each one of them. Highly recommended for anyone thinking (or re-thinking) about intimate relationships and their purpose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leilani | 12/20/2013

    " Perfect book if you are falling in love or if you are heartbroken. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gozde V | 12/18/2013

    " 2,5 stars actually. Don't like love being analysed in this detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki | 11/28/2013

    " Interesting and unique, but couldn't truly say I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 keatssycamore | 11/22/2013

    " But with more of a structure than Sedaris. Loose though that structure may be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 11/20/2013

    " I first read this book in college. It was my first 'relational Bible,' and allowed me to recognize the organic nature and life cycle of relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fatma | 9/19/2013

    " It's a smart novel. Really smart, actually. Talk about love from totally different view, with totally different perspectives, totally different styles,and totally refreshing. It's not just an ordinary love story novel. It's amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 11/19/2012

    " This book in theory should be good but for some reason it just didn't hook me in. The author did not hook me in enough to empathize with his experience with love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 10/16/2012

    " It's a love story with bits and pieces of philosophy and anthropology thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lani Shepherd | 5/17/2012

    " For all the over-analysers out there, this book will resonate with you. AB cleverly weaves his signature commentary through the classic boy meets girl story, over-thinking each twist and turn. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Catavero | 12/30/2011

    " For anyone who has ever fallen in and out of love, who has dumped or been dumped "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deniz Uysal | 11/23/2011

    " Clever observations & anectodes about love...Didn't like the ending...seems like the wrapping arguments were a bit rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharla | 10/15/2011

    " de Botton is a wonderful, thought-provoking author. I recently heard him speak about his latest book on Atheism at the University of Kansas. His books are a mixture of philosophy, fiction, and his thoughts on various topics such as romance, travel, philosophy, religion, etc. Highly recommend him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 10/14/2011

    " Bought at Sydney airport and read in beautiful Ubud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 7/19/2011

    " I have read quite a few Alain de Botton books but I think this is definitely my favourite. A personal and insightful tale of falling in and out of love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanja | 7/4/2011

    " One of my favourite books ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomáš | 6/18/2011

    " Neuveritelne dobrá knížka, povinnost pro každého, kdo chce rozumet partnerským vztahum. ceský název Lekce z lasky "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vaarun | 6/6/2011

    " A brilliant book takes you through the stages of love, from the first jitters to the eventual culmination. Very well written can identify with every aspect mentioned. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumanta | 5/18/2011

    " Analytical and a bit philosophical view point on the much abused subject of 'LOVE'. Interesting writing style and a new genre, awesome read. "

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

    " Some astute insights although the tone is too pretentious and cynical for me to really enjoy the insights. I'm a little uncomfortable with his ideas of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy | 4/21/2011

    " I've read this a couple of times and have been entertained by De Botton's wit in different ways each time. His narrative and anecdotes are simple, but his prelude to the events he is going to describe speaks of deep thoughts which are many a times an oversight on our part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/16/2011

    " an anatomy of any relationship, your might believe your relationships have been something special and unique. you'll abandon that illusion once you've read de botton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zatia Denise | 3/30/2011

    " Review posted on my website. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fazerkapz | 3/8/2011

    " I think it would be a great inspirational thought to go through such brilliant titled whose story will based or revolving around a perfect True love in its true sense . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thanh | 2/13/2011

    " This author clearly develops a neurotic character that anyone who's been in love can truly relate to. I am excited to read more from this author. "

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About the Author
Author Alain de BottonAlain de Botton is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including On Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, and The Course of Love. He lives in London where he founded The School of Life, an organization devoted to fostering emotional health and intelligence. More can be found at AlainDeBotton.com.
About the Narrator

James Wilby starred as Senator James Dorr in the Masterpiece Theatre production of Island at War. In film, he can be seen in Gosford Park, Howards End, and De-Lovely.