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Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton 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.

©1993 Alain de Botton (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Maria L. Lantin
  • 07/05/2012

Every relationship you've ever analyzed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends but I know that some of them would enjoy it as much as I did. It's for romantics that think too much sometimes. It's for realists that love to fall in love nevertheless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Essays in Love?

There are many memorable moments...but perhaps what stands out now after a couple weeks is the way intimacy in the couple is revealed and lost. The fight scenes are funny in a "oh yeah, I've been there" kinda way.

Have you listened to any of James Wilby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It was my first James Wilby book and I enjoyed his reading very much.

Who was the most memorable character of Essays in Love and why?

I guess it was the main male character because he's so introspective to the point of absurdity but also insightful.

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  • MM
  • 22/02/2018

Brilliantly plucks and weaves love's nuances

What did you love best about Essays in Love?

The story is engaging. There are really good points made, great references, and de Botton analyzes the nuances of falling in and out of love with the perspective and depth of someone who's lived a thousand lives. The narrator's voice is very attractive.

What does James Wilby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice. Very warm and theatrical (not in an exaggerated way) at the same time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It was so hard to even go to sleep. I had my Audible on sleep timer several times but didn't want to miss anything to grogginess. So I would relisten the same parts the next day. This book is so wise.

Any additional comments?

Definitely listen to this.

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  • debralynn
  • 15/07/2017

Good, later book is great

Good book with lots of insights, especially when you realise de Botton was 23 when he wrote it. Great narrator. Also recommend The Course of Love, which he wrote 2 decades later and is quite an amazing book.

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  • Pearl
  • 12/07/2017

Dull!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was excited to listen to this, but couldn't finish after the first long-drawn out personal story that afforded no new insights.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alain de Botton again?

I'm not sure.

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  • Addi G, Dallas,Tx
  • 11/07/2017

Uuug

Love de Botton. This one is similar to A Course of love. That was a beautiful book. This one does not compare.

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  • Son
  • 06/11/2016

Bewildering!

The narrator's voice was sublime, as always. The story in itself was mundane, much unlike the author's take on love and his stunning talent in analyzing every psychological aspect of its every stages.

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  • Andre Mendes
  • 21/05/2016

One day binge

Simply could not put this book down. There are so few stories, love stories fewer still, that capture real life so well. The book itself is a beautiful mix of philosophical topics with narrative that makes for such an enlightening and enjoyable listening experience. Very well performed, I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a realistic love story.

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  • Andrea Riley
  • 27/03/2016

most beautifully narrated audiobook ever

Thoughtful, compelling story that reads like an anatomy textbook on love. Can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Antipodean
  • 06/09/2015

So close but not quite

I really like Alain de Botton, and really wanted to love this book but unfortunately the narrative pales in comparison to his philosophical digressions. Having said that, it did make me see my past relationships in a new light. The narrator was very good, although his female voice could be better.

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  • cheri
  • 20/06/2012

Poetically Written.....Loved it

Would you consider the audio edition of Essays in Love to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrator made the subjects pop

What was one of the most memorable moments of Essays in Love?

Every page drew me in with the brilliant form of writing.

Which character – as performed by James Wilby – was your favorite?

He performed them all beautufully

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if I had the time