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Author: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg Narrator: Aziz Ansari Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9780698402591
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A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s most popular and sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Always-hilarious Aziz Ansari proves you can be smart and funny at the same time. Not only did I laugh my ass off, I really learned stuff. Where was this book when I was twenty-two years old?”

    Steven Levitt, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Not a page passed without an unwanted eruption of giggles or insight. Aziz is funny as hell and smart as shit.”

    Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times bestselling author

  • Modern Romance is just like Aziz Ansari himself—charming, thoughtful, reasonable, and able to distill the madness of the world into something both sane and wildly funny.”

    Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Even comedy phenoms get dumped. But when it was this Parks and Recreation star’s turn, he channeled the rejection into an extensive (and riotous) investigation of the current state of dating, going as far as recruiting an NYU sociologist to be his collaborator/wingman.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “With topics like online dating apps to serious social science research, the book is sure to have you laughing if not taking a few notes.”

    USA Today

  • “Entertaining and illuminating.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A hilarious, often unsettling account of what young singles go through as they search for love in the digital age.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “Aziz Ansari narrates his extended look at how Americans’ marriage habits have changed since the 1960s. Ansari recounts the details of extensive surveys, interviews, and anecdotes in a conversational tone. He maintains a casual approach in explaining women’s rights, divorce laws, and the early days of feminism. In true comedic style, he interjects jokes into the reporting and often expresses what the listener may be thinking during anecdotes…His humor is essential to keeping the listener engaged in this well-covered subject. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Ansari packs plenty of hilarious personal stories about love-gone-wrong into this look at twenty-first-century romance. But he also digs deeper…[and] delivers some thought-provoking answers to the question of why finding love remains so difficult in an era of constant connection.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for July 2015
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Nonfiction
  • An bestseller

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About the Author

Aziz Ansari is a stand-up comedian and an actor. He was named one of the top 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by He has starred as Tom Haverford on the Emmy-nominated comedy Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler and others. He has appeared in several films as well, including This Is the End, Funny People, and 30 Minutes or Less.