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City of Girls

977 ratings

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An Instant New York Times Best Seller! From the number-one best-selling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. "A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness." (PopSugar) "Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." (USA Today) "Pairs well with a cocktail...or two." (TheSkimm) "Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."  Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.  In 1940, 19-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.  Now 89 years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time", she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

©2019 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
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Big Magic

795 ratings

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The instant number-one New York Times best seller "A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” (PopSugar) From the worldwide best-selling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of. Fantastic inspiration for the new year.   Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. 

©2015 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Eat, Pray, Love

146 ratings

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Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want: a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the 23 happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way, unexpectedly. An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

©2006 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

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The Signature of All Things

111 ratings

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A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure, and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist - but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe - from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who - born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution - bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of listeners.

©2013 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Committed

20 ratings

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At the end of her best-selling 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 bad 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.

©2010 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2010 Penguin

Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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The Last American Man

3 ratings

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In this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity, acclaimed author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway. In 1977, at the age of 17, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. To Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel about how our men should be, but rarely are.

©2003 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2009 Penguin

Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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Stern Men

2 ratings

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Off the coast of Maine, Ruth Thomas is born into a feud fought for generations by two groups of local lobstermen over fishing rights for the waters that lie between their respective islands. At 18, she has returned from boarding school - smart as a whip, feisty, and irredeemably unromantic - determined to throw over her education and join the "stern men" working the lobster boats.Gilbert utterly captures the American spirit through an unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness - and love - despite herself.

©2009 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2009 Penguin

Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Libera tu magia [Big Magic]

1 rating

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Elizabeth Gilbert, autora superventas de Come, reza, ama, nos trae un relato inspiracional como ruta de acceso a la vida vibrante y plena con la que siempre has soñado. Los mejores audiolibros de crecimiento personal La mayoría de los humanos tenemos una faceta creativa en nuestras mentes que casi nunca conseguimos o queremos desarrollar por motivos prácticos o personales. Gilbert defiende la necesidad de explorar la faceta creativa para alcanzar una existencia plena, superando el miedo (a la vergüenza, a hacer el ridículo, a perder el tiempo, a no ser tomado en serio) y abrazando la parte mística e intangible de la inspiración. La autora explica cómo tener una relación positiva con la creatividad propia, cómo ser disciplinado pero notomárselo demasiado en serio, cómo no albergar grandes expectativas pero no dejarse desanimar y cómo cada pequeño acto cotidiano, sea un dibujo, decorar la casa o hacer patinaje artístico, alimenta esa parte creativa de los humanos y, no solo puede, sino que debe formar parte orgánica de nuestras vidas. Al mismo tiempo desmitifica totalmente la figura del artista atormentado, defendiendo una actitud abierta, receptiva y positiva en busca de la inspiración como resultado de una curiosidad sana, una disciplina y una determinación que mantengan el ego a raya y permitan sobrellevar decepciones y fracasos. «La creatividad es sagrada y al mismo tiempo no lo es. Lo que hacemos importa muchísimo y al mismo tiempo no importa nada. Trabajamos en soledad, y nos acompañan espíritus. Estamos aterrorizados y somos valientes. El arte es una tarea abrumadora y un privilegio maravilloso. El trabajo quiere ser hecho, y quiere ser hecho por ti.» Elizabeth Gilbert Vence al miedo y descubre el milagro de una vida creativa. Reseña: «Su avalancha de optimismo, aderezada con la dosis de humor de quien habla por experiencia, servirá de mantra a más de un lector.» (El País) Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2015 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial S.A.U.

Narrator: Jane Santos
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Das Wesen der Dinge und der Liebe

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Philadelphia, 5. Januar 1800 - Alma Whittaker erblickt das Licht der Welt. Ihr umtriebiger, bärbeißiger Vater hat ein Vermögen mit dem Pflanzenhandel gemacht. Und auch Almas ganze Leidenschaft gilt der Botanik. Sie wächst auf zwischen den Pflanzen der prächtigsten Gewächshäuser und erfährt die beste Bildung, die sich ein Mädchen nur wünschen kann. Almas Hunger, das Wesen aller Dinge bis ins Innerste zu verstehen, treibt sie voran - zu den Moosen im heimischen Garten, zu den Orchideen der Karibik und in den gefährlichen Dschungel der Liebe. Am Ende wird Alma nicht nur verstehen, was wahrhaftige Liebe ist, sondern auch, dass sich ihre Intelligenz mit der Darwins messen kann.

©2013 Bloomsbury Berlin (P)2013 DAV

Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
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Eat Pray Love. Eine Frau auf der Suche nach allem quer durch Italien, Indien und Indonesien

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Elizabeth ist Anfang dreißig und hat eine schmerzvolle Scheidung hinter sich. Sie steht vor dem Nichts und beschließt, ein neues Leben zu beginnen. Elizabeth geht nach Rom, lernt Italienisch und genießt das Leben. Es folgen vier weitere Monate in einem indischen Ashram, wo sie sich in endlosen Meditationen übt. In Bali schließlich erfährt sie die glückliche Balance zwischen innerem und äußerem Glück. Mit Selbstironie, Charme und Intelligenz erzählt die Autorin von ihrer Reise durch die Welt und zu sich selbst.

©2006 Berlin Verlag GmbH (P)2006 Lagato Verlag

Narrator: Julia Fischer
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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Pilgrims

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When Elizabeth Gilbert's story collection Pilgrims first appeared in 1997, it immediately announced her compelling voice, her comic touch, and her amazing ear for dialogue. Brave and unforgettable, the heroes of Pilgrims are sure to strike a chord with fans old and new.

©2007 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2007 Penguin

Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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Ciudad de mujeres [City of Girls]

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La autora de Come, reza, ama regresa con una deliciosa novela llena de glamur, humor y pasión por la vida. En el verano de 1940 Vivian Morris llega a Manhattan con 19 años y tan solo una maleta y una máquina de coser, empujada por sus desesperados padres. Aunque su especial talento con la aguja y su dedicación a lograr el peinado perfecto no le han servido de gran cosa en la prestigiosa universidad de Vassar, la convertirán en la modista estrella del Lily Playhouse, el decadente teatro de variedades de su poco convencional tía Peg. Los días en Nueva York son de todo menos aburridos a pesar de la guerra. En esta ciudad de mujeres Vivian y sus amigas buscan ser libres y beberse la vida hasta la última gota. Pero Vivian también descubrirá que le quedan lecciones que aprender y amargos errores que cometer, y que para vivir la vida que de verdad desea tendrá que reinventarse a cada paso. "En la vida de una mujer, llega un momento en que se cansa de sentirse culpable todo el rato. Y, a partir de ese momento, es libre de convertirse en quien de verdad es." Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2019 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2020 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial S.A.U.

Narrator: Jane Santos
Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
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City of Girls (German edition)

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Begehe jede Dummheit mit Begeisterung! Nach einer Jugend in der Provinz und dem Rausschmiss aus dem College stürzt sich die 19-jährige Vivian kopfüber in das wilde Leben Manhattans: Musicals, Bars, Jazz und Gangster. Um jede Ecke biegt eine neue Liebe, erst recht im Lily Playhouse, dem sympathisch heruntergekommenen Theater, für das sie Kostüme näht. Doch dann begeht sie einen skandalösen Fehler, der den Lauf ihres Lebens grundlegend verändert. Und sie Jahre später doch erkennen lässt: "Es kommt der Punkt im Leben einer Frau, an dem sie es leid ist, sich ständig nur zu schämen. Danach steht ihr frei zu werden, wer immer sie wirklich ist!"

©2019 / 2020 Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin Random House LLC, New York. / S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main. Übersetzung von Britt Somann-Jung (P)2020 Argon Verlag GmbH, Berlin

Narrator: Cathlen Gawlich
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
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Big Magic: Nimm dein Leben in die Hand und es wird dir gelingen

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Elizabeth Gilbert hat eine ganze Generation von Leserinnen geprägt: Mit "EAT PRAY LOVE" lebten wir Dolce Vita in Italien, meditierten in Indien und fanden das Glück auf Bali. Mit "BIG MAGIC" schenkt uns die Autorin eine begeisternde Liebeserklärung an die Macht der Inspiration, die aus jedem von uns einen kreativen Menschen machen kann. Warum nicht endlich einen Song aufnehmen, ein Restaurant eröffnen, ein Buch schreiben? Elizabeth Gilbert vertraut uns die Geschichte ihres Lebens an - und hilft uns dadurch, endlich an uns selbst zu glauben.

©2015 S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main. Übersetzung von Britt Somann (P)2015 Argon Verlag GmbH

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