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Love Is Not Enough

Written by: Mark Manson
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Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Relationships
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Mark Manson is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, the mega-bestseller that reached #1 in fourteen different countries. Mark’s books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Mark runs one of the largest personal growth websites in the world, MarkManson.net, a blog with more than two million monthly readers and half a million subscribers, making him one of the largest and most successful independent publishers in the world. His writing is often described as ‘self-help for people who hate self-help’—a no-BS brand of life advice and cultural commentary that has struck a chord with people around the globe. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Forbes, Vice, CNN, and Vox, among many others. He currently lives in New York City.

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Relatable, real stories.

This is the 3rd book of Mark Manson’s that I’ve “read” - this one being an audio only version. Hearing the first hand account of the 5 people he interviews over a span of time adds to the authenticity of their stories.

Mark Manson is the guy that says F**k a lot. His usual approach is direct, and his unfiltered words slap you across the face in an attempt to wake you up to the truth - your truth. In this book however, he came through much gentler and supportive. I always imagined his voice to be much more intense and harsh but he’s refreshingly quite calm. Unlike the one-way communication of his books, this is a two-way communication between him and his subjects, along with his added commentary of what he observed. Instead of dumping the brutal truth onto his subjects, in true coaching fashion he’s right there with them - curiously nudging and redirecting. He encourages each to become more conscious and to explore the road blocks getting in the way of love.

Each chapter is a discovery for each person to set boundaries, identify power struggles, explore their fantasies, become more vulnerable, express courage to be loved and to recognize the simplicity, yet difficulty in doing each.

Hearing the sessions reminded me that an emotion as significant and complex as love, is a journey. You don’t start the journey “bad” at love and end the journey “good” at love. There is no end and no beginning; there is rarely an obvious before and after. Rather, if we’re brave enough to get uncomfortable and ask for what we need, we’ll experience more moments that allow love in. The people and their stories are relatable and you’ll likely see yourself in one of them.

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insanely valuable

There were times when I'd suddenly be sideswiped by a revelation or find a new understanding in either myself or other people. Mark kicks ass and so do these people's stories.

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Open Your Heart & Listen!

Truths told through stories, amazing!! Mark simplfies issues in a kind and compassionte way. Everyone should listen, single or with a partner - you will benefit if your heart is opened to listen!!

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Must Listen for those with relationship issues

The audiobook is fun and easy to listen. Tons of laughs. Full of real people's stories.
Mark touched a few important issues in relationships in a form of interviews. When you hear it from real life examples, it really helps put things in perspective. I've been searching and reading other books covering these issues but nothing resonates with me as much as this audiobook. I came out a different person after I finished this audiobook. Thank you Mark.

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Communication is key.

I absolutely thought the approach to this book was well thought out. Getting real life experiences that most of us face at one time or another and dissecting them to make all of us wake up to what we are really doing. None of us are mind readers, we must communicate openly and honestly with one another for our own sanity as well as the other persons heart that we are holding dearly. Its only fair.

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was sad when it was over

I wanted to keep listening.it is well worth the time to listen to this gem.

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Good book to learn from

They went over some great examples, the people were picked perfectly. It was useful to listen to a biased story first, then going over it with some careful thinking and resolving what’s wrong.
Each person was different, so there’s lots to learn from this book. Hopefully it’s useful in some ways to everyone

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Wish I found this years ago!!

Highly insightful and easily relatable. Provides a practical framework for common relationship problems. Nicely done!

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A funny yet serious subject matter

loved it , the different perspectives and personalities. truly an eye opener. Relationships are hard but he breaks it down.

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Good listen!!

This book is easy to listen to and was very interesting. When I first realized it was going to be interviews with people instead of a standard book I was thinking I was wasting my time. But I gave it a chance because I like Mark. It turned out to be very insightful for me and I highly recommend.

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  • lovethatworkout
  • 2020-04-23

Upsetting and disappointing

Mark chose 5 cases out of thousands of relationship issues, and guess what he chose? He is actually counseling one woman on how to have a better relationship with her married affair partner of 3 yrs! I was appalled! Is that so common is his professional experience that he thinks the rest of us want to know how to have better relationships with our affair partners! I am still upset from reading and just returned the book

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  • Nicole M Duncan
  • 2020-03-27

Yuck!

Was a big fan of Manson’s relationship blog and excited for this release. Unfortunately, found it to be tedious, boring, and painful to listen to. Very disappointed. :(

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  • Tyler Drumm
  • 2020-03-27

Keep doing what you're doing!!

I have been an avid Mason reader for a while now. Looking forward to the Will Smith book buddy... I know you're going to kill it!! He always keeps me engaged with the stories, philosophies, and ideas of how to look at things in a different perspective and that is something that is cherished and that is valuable to me. This new project "Love Is Not Enough" is something everybody should take a look at. People sometimes get stuck in these modes of thinking that end up hindering their ability to live fully and happy ("The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken"). So thank you Mark for inspiring me to be a better me. If I happen to see you in a bar someday... drinks are on me! Cheers!

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  • karla lopez
  • 2020-03-29

great book

i really enjoyed it, easy to followed.
funny at times, serious when need it to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-29

Metamorphosis

Listening in on the compassionate Mark give advice without judgement I could use session myself // plenty of pointers available for anyone who wants the change but doesn’t know the next the next step....you’re sure to relate to one of these . Thanks for putting it out there for people like us.

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  • Idalin Bobe
  • 2020-03-30

Helpful to hear the pitfalls of other people

Sometimes it is hard to self reflect on ways we may come up messy in a relationship, or the ways that we self sabotage from the one thing we want: to feel loved and accepted. Listening to the struggle of other's can help, as you can reflect on your experiences and see where you too may have fallen in a similar mind trap, all in the name of protecting yourself. The book is fun to listen to, though I felt the stories were very extreme and it was hard to relate to the people he interviewed. I was hoping to hear a story from a less dramatic person but I guess it is those stories that our media loves to highlight. Mark Mason has a very nonjudgmental approach to how he sits and listens, though he is assessing things, but still I appreciate how he narrates and engages with each person. It is a good listen.

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  • Jamie T
  • 2020-03-27

Just awesome

This was pretty eye opening to hear very similar issues to my own presented across most of the guests. Thank u so much for another great listen!

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  • Jennifer L. Gasko
  • 2020-05-10

Mark Manson laughs at animal abuse

In this book, Mark Manson laughs at animal abuse. I can get past him providing relationship guidance to a woman in a long term relationship with a married man in the context it is provided. What I can not get past, is Mark laughing at a woman having sex with her dog. Sex with an animal is abuse. What it is not, is funny. It is a felony in many states, as it should be in all of them.
Shame on Mark Manson. Shame on Audible.
Please do not spend your money on this book.

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  • Tino Covarrubias
  • 2020-04-02

Save your money.

Horrible couldn’t finish it. Can I get my money back? Nothing like his other book.

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  • Eran Meishar
  • 2020-03-28

Another great work by Mark

relatable, honest, and no-fluff advice from Mark and the characters in this book. The expected quality advice from Mark.

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  • Sandra
  • 2020-04-04

Great guide to healthy love

Such a great guide to building a healthy loving relationship. I could relate to all 5 totally different people love stories thanks to Mark who brings to light common patterns. So interesting and encouraging to see the evolution of these 5 people throughout the project. I particularly appreciated Marks comments and guidance. Endearing characters, laughs, tears, aha moments... Amazing audiobook!