Modern Romance

Modern Romance

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio : Books on Tape, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781611764253
1611764254
Branch Call Number: CD 646.77 ANSARI
Characteristics: 5 audio discs (6 hours) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
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audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Klinenberg, Eric - Author

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Sold for $3.5 million.

Learn how the dating game has changed with tips on how to navigate the dynamics of falling in love nowadays.

It's funny because he makes fun of you for not actually reading the book, and he makes fun of his own dating life. It's interesting because he did a lot of research, and you'll learn a lot.

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ArapahoeMaryA Feb 10, 2017

Comedian Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to explore today’s complex dating scene. Their observations are both interesting and amusing.

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ArapahoeMaryA Dec 22, 2016

Comedian Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to explore today’s complex dating scene. Their observations are both interesting and amusing.


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AceLib
Oct 02, 2018

*AUDIO VERSION IS WORTH IT*

This was an excellently well written and researched look into the current state of relationships and courtship in America. Aziz's trademark humor is well represented, but rather than detract from the work done on the research, it makes it more readable and enjoyable.

Strongly suggested for anyone currently working their way through the dating scene with little success, or looking to build more meaningful relationships than things like Tinder typically produce.

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franna
Feb 20, 2018

totally entertaining as well as informative. Aziz is hilarious, too.

BostonPL_JordanD Dec 16, 2017

This was a fascinating read about the history and current practices of dating and relationships. I admit, it did start to get depressing about the middle of the book, thinking, ugh, nothing will work, everyone will cheat. But I really appreciated the Conclusion, where Aziz carefully pulls out all the positive aspects, and what we should be doing to snag that special someone. Because, between meeting people at a bar, online dating, and other ways, there are just too many options, and we really do need to pick the best of each option. Aziz carefully explains it at the end in a great way. Plus, I loved his sense of humor, which helped the medicine go down*... lol.

*No, not real medicine. This was a great read! Actually, I think most of the world needs to read this from teens to adults!

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jlynnseverson
Dec 08, 2017

Love Aziz! This book finally convinced me to try dating apps. If you haven't watched his show Master of None, check it out!

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 24, 2017

Author & narrator Aziz Ansari digs a little deeper to figure out what drives relationship behaviors. From committed, monogamous couples to playful, roving singles, he covers about every type of person/couple & the issues they face when pursing a love interest. He begins by portraying the typical dating fashion & needs of the men & women of the 1940s & 50s. Moving forward to present day, a completely different picture is painted on what men & women need & want in a relationship. Even the methods of how we pursue our search for a potential mate is COMPLETELY differnt. Ansari explores the many tools of technology society uses to assist in their quest for love & their pros/cons in the eventually relationship. He explores the difference in relationships in different cultures by visiting 3 different countries outside of the US: Japan, Brazil, & France.

I may have set myself up to give this book a lower rating than what I might have rated it had I had an idea of what this book was really about. I chose this book solely for the author, Aziz Ansari, thinking it was more about him than about the topic of love in different cultures & in the past & present. Had I read the brief narrative regarding what the book was about, I may not have chosen to pick this one up. However, enough of Ansari's personality came out in the writing & in his narration that I can say I'm glad I gave the rest of the book a chance past Chapter 1. It was pretty fascinating to dissect the effects of modern technology as it is being used in finding a potential girlfriend/boyfriend. I also found the comparisons between typical relationships in the different countries quite interesting. I would recommend reading this book if you enjoy Aziz's type of personality & comedy or if you find the topic of love & relationships of interest.

Age recommendation: 18 & up (references to masterbation, infidelity, open relationships, homo/hetero-sexual intercourse, lots of profanity used very casually)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 6.

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Uchinaguchi
Jul 27, 2017

An entertaining audiobook with supplemental anecdotes that brings the content to life. Ansari doesn't tell us what's wrong with modern romance, or why one way or time of doing things is superior to another. Instead, he examines how the times have changed and how difficult it is to determine the best course of action. While this book doesn't tell you how to navigate your love life, it does provide information that might have you reevaluate how you go about romance. The audiobook was about 6 hours long, but it went by fast and I enjoyed every moment of it.

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psqle907
May 31, 2017

I wouldn't say this was an amazing book in regards to content, but in regards to audiobooks I thought it was one of the best. Aziz's commentary throughout the book was both funny and relatable. I liked how he acknowledged that he was reading the book, I think that made it less cut and dry compared to others books. The content seemed like common sense, but I found the topics on monogamy pretty interesting. It's a book worth checking out.

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 10, 2017

Comedian Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to explore today’s complex dating scene. Their observations are both interesting and amusing.

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ryner
Jan 11, 2017

I have to admit, when I pick up a book written by a "celebrity" I immediately and skeptically assume there's a ghostwriter. But although Aziz Ansari's co-author and research partner Eric Klinenberg is an NYU sociologist, I'm convinced Ansari actually did much of this very entertaining writing. The two spent two years conducting focus groups, researching and interviewing about individuals' and couples' use of modern and cutting-edge technology with respect to finding, maintaining and ending romantic relationships, and the results are at once unsurprising, intriguing and somewhat worrying. There are a number of laugh-out-loud passages -- recommended!

What happens when a comedian and a sociologist team up to figure out what the deal is with today's dating scene? This hilarious, compelling, interesting, fun book. Ansari interviews people young & old from all over the world put a finger on how we find our soulmates.

The Audiobook, which Ansari reads himself, is especially good!

Maggie Mae

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Oct 24, 2017

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ArapahoeMaryA Feb 10, 2017

But we want more than love. We want a lifelong wingman/wingwoman who completes us and can handle the truth, to mix metaphors from three different Tom Cruise movies.

Today, if you own a smartphone, you’re carrying a 24-7 singles bar in your pocket.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 12, 2016

"Like most fedora wearers, he had a lot of inexplicable confidence."

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 12, 2016

"I don't think we thought, 'Well, there are another twelve doors or another seventeen doors or another four hundred and thirty-three doors' . . . We saw a door we wanted, and so we took it."

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sky123
Aug 03, 2015

The most popular kind of establishment in the relationship replacement industry is the hostess club, which is basically the latest variation of a long-standing Japanese tradition where men go to a nice bar-type atmosphere and pay women to provide intimate personal service in a romantic but not explicitly sexual way. The women are like modern-day geishas: They light the men's cigarettes, serve them drinks, and listen attentively to their conversation, doing more or less what an ideal Japanese wife or girlfriend would do. Lots of men stop by these clubs after work, either alone or in groups... Women also go to host clubs, which provide the same service: outgoing men who converse and have drinks with them. Again, this does not lead to sex; it's purely for companionship. These women are basically paying to hang out with nonherbivore men for a while.

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 24, 2017

Sexual Content: references to masterbation, infidelity, open relationships, homo/hetero-sexual intercourse

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 24, 2017

Coarse Language: lots of profanity used very casually

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