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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (769 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781436211376
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Elizabeth Gilbert published Pilgrims, her beautiful, bristly short story collection, in 1997, nine years before Eat, Pray, Love, her exuberant, raw meditation on divorce, depression, and healing, made her suddenly famous. Pilgrims peels back convention to reveal, with empathy and droll language, the primitive nuttiness and courage that lends ordinary people heart.

By definition, modern pilgrims are wanderers, struggling through daily grinds to find redemption or the true purpose of life. Each of the tart, spiny characters inhabiting Gilbert’s twelve stories is searching for something—her pilgrims hang out on ranches and in bars, in remote corners of Wyoming and Montana, and vegetable markets in the Bronx. There is sturdy Martha Knox, a ranch cook, with a dark, brown braid “thick as a girl’s arm”, and Rose, an elderly widow who drives a kindergarten school bus, crammed one morning with ghosts, all adoring suitors from her unchaste past. None of Gilbert’s characters is immediately charming, but all compel with their routine habits and dustbowl looks.

Coleen Marlo, narrator of Pilgrims, has a silk slip of a voice that ably roams from the coarse drawl of a rodeo cowboy to the hollow whine of Babette, a bawdy Manhattan nightclub singer. Under Marlo’s finespun, intelligent narration, listeners will find an intuitive collaborator to Gilbert’s good flow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whether trashing those on high or celebrating those below, [Gilbert] moves stealthily, avoiding the temptation to grandstand, moralize or, especially, patronize.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “With her first story collection, Gilbert proves herself to be a capable fiction writer. Many of her nonfiction strengths carry over: she draws her characters beautifully, and her sentences are sharp and bright. She has retained her gift for dialogue.”

    Los Angeles Times, editorial review

  • “Gilbert’s first collection of short stories is remarkable for its breadth, range of setting, and subject matter. Each world her characters inhabit, whether ranchlands in the West or the Bronx Terminal Vegetable Market, is authentic and fully realized. Her stories do not finish with clever twists or pat endings; we simply spend time with her characters and believe that they go on living after the story is finished…An outstanding debut; highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “A fine first collection of twelve stories that are richly varied in setting and content, and enlivened by their author’s flair for vigorous dialogue and concise summary statement…It’s true that all her characters seek respect or self-definition, and also that many of them are looking for love, of whatever kind is available, in all the wrong places with all the people likeliest to hurt or disappoint them…The best kind of debut volume: a striking display of a versatile writer flexing her muscles and tackling a broad array of subjects and themes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexandra Catiste | 10/22/2013

    " I was expecting more about this book. They have short stories, and most off them aren't so goog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 12/21/2012

    " some of the stories in this collection were great. In fact, I thought that a few could have easily developed into novels. However, more than a few we're lack luster and I was ready to finish them easily. this collection is not like her other 2 books which I felt we're pretty captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Baggott | 10/25/2012

    " Better than Gilbert's self-absorbed autobiographies. The characters are full of charm, humour and heartbreak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 7/28/2012

    " Well written, engaging stories. Got tired of the rebellious characters so I didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/19/2010

    " Worth reading just for the story, "The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick." Fantastic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Damson | 11/21/2010

    " I really didn't enjoy this book. I just didn't connect with the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 11/18/2010

    " What a great read from start to end! Gilbert has a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) way of keeping the reader guessing as to the fate of the characters. Interesting read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 11/8/2010

    " There's a few decent short stories in here, but nothing earth-shattering. Quick read though--I'd recommend this for an airplane ride, commuting, etc, but only if you're a devoted Gilbertee and are interested in her other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gosia | 10/3/2010

    " wooow. what the...? I never expected that kind of writing from Gilbert. from Carroll, Coehlo, but not from author of Eat, Pray, Love. strange one, you don't know exactly what the stories are about, what did the author take to create them, but it didnt stop me from swallowing this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 9/7/2010

    " Aweful. Collection of short, unrelated stories. Couldnt even finish the book- and I can suffer through almost anything. I LOVE Elizabeth Gilberts non-fiction, I am so glad she found her calling and quit fiction!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki | 6/7/2010

    " Collection of short stories. I was not as much a fan of this as I have been of other works by Elizabeth Gilbert. Decided I would not re-read so gave the book to a teacher who teaches short stories as a senior English elective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/24/2010

    " I really liked this book of short stories. Each one was the right length for reading in one sitting. And each one felt like the beginning of a story I'd happily keep reading. The characters were strong and often unusual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 4/7/2010

    " The first two stories I've read are wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Wish | 2/19/2010

    " Very good short stories - not always as bleak as I often find short stories. This was Liz's first published book, I believe. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning American writer of both fiction and nonfiction, named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2008. Her books have been New York Times bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller list for Committed. Her short story collection, Pilgrims, received the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her novel, Stern Men, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her 2002 book, The Last American Man, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is best known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which has been published in more than thirty languages and was made into a film.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.