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Love Is Not Enough

Written by: Mark Manson
Narrated by: Mark Manson
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Mark Manson brings his signature no-nonsense wisdom back to the subject he started his career covering: relationships. Being with your partner may feel like rainbows and unicorns, but that doesn't mean you have a healthy, functioning relationship. Sure, we all need love...but love is not enough. 

In Love Is Not Enough, Mark’s first Audible Original, you’ll follow five real people over the course of six months as they navigate f--ked up romantic situations, ranging from dating app addiction to marital affairs to absurd fantasies. At regular intervals, they check in with Mark, share their stories, and soak up some advice. As you listen to these candid, funny, and moving conversations, you’ll learn how to stand up for yourself when you feel the most vulnerable. You'll learn how our imaginations derail intimacy, how our deepest desires can lead us into trouble. You'll learn how to open yourself up, and you'll develop the courage to say and hear that necessary word, "no." You'll learn how to love. And you'll learn that love is not enough.

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highly emotionally informative

helps anyone who has ever wondered, in any relationship, "what am I doing wrong?" so clearly this is for all of us!!

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Yes, love is not enough

Definitely worth a listen. The whole audio book is similar to a conversation or an interview with various people whose problems are solved. Everyone has some proportion of those similar problems that needs to be resolved. This audio book dissects them and offers a solution through interaction with participants in the studio book. The author explains timeless principles of boundaries relevant not just for western world but for eastern world also.

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A must listen book for relationship advice

2 words...Loved it. This is my 3rd book of Mark Manson and he never stop to amaze me with his distinctive approach towards any topic he picks. I would like to thank Mark for bringing this idea and sharing it with people like us. Thanks, audible for being a platform of rich content like that. Thankyou people in this book who got out of their comfort zones to share their stories that will guide people around the world.

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:-)

Loved the entire concept of having this book overall as a podcast thing with stories that will relate to people from every walks of life. Some true wisdom at the age of 19 and I wouldn't mind it. Thank you so much for making this project happen and helping people like me out of those negative self talking cycle :-)

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an eye opener

loved it.. could've been more explanation by mark itself.. but it turned out fine with the interviews too. a whole different perspective

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its good to hear, I recommend

loved it, good to hear. go for it , I recommend q w e f

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A Really nice series.

Learnt so much from this original. Nice work Mark 👍 and the anonymous people. Great work.

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insightful

I loved the way Mark talks to everyone involved. It does not have a recipe or a quick fix to solve any problems but listening to others going through something similar sometimes triggers a thought train n you are able to view some of your own struggles in better light. I liked listening to the book.

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Significant learning about relationships

Significant learning about relationships. it's worth listening. Mark and the other participants, thanks for sharing your experiences and learning.

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Very Good Book... An eye opener...

Though we think we know much about relationships there are still a lot to know....

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  • lovethatworkout
  • 23-04-20

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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  • Jennifer L. Gasko
  • 10-05-20

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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  • Nicole M Duncan
  • 27-03-20

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
  • 27-03-20

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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  • Tino Covarrubias
  • 02-04-20

Save your money.

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

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  • karla lopez
  • 29-03-20

great book

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

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  • Los3Marquez
  • 22-04-20

This should be a podcast

This is really a podcast type listen. Ok to listen if you're bored but skip if you're looking for a more substantial read/listen. I'm not sure why it's rated so high.

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  • Idalin Bobe
  • 30-03-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-20

Not Mark’s best work

I love Mark Manson’s books but this one wasn’t his best. It was hard getting through this one. This book just consists of a bunch of therapy sessions between him and people struggle with relationships. It’s pain listening to the clients when they talk. I tried picking things out that I could relate to but the presentation of the information was the issue.

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  • Cecilia
  • 30-03-20

Overhyped

I decided to give this a go based on an article I found on the Guardian. Found it obvious, cliched, in your face and even unnatural/forced/faked. Esther Perel's podcasts are infinitely better and more worth anyone's time than this. Disappointing overall.

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  • TW
  • 07-04-20

Gets better as you get into it.

I didn’t like it to start with. I went back to it and really enjoyed it.

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  • Miss S L Brown
  • 02-04-20

Def worthy of a listen if you are nosey

Really enjoyed this book. I found all backgrounds engaging and individual. They told their own stories which I found capturing

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  • 31-03-20

Too much forced laughfter

Which is annoying. Don't laugh at pain, it comes off as condescending. Is this an american thing?

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  • Lucy
  • 20-04-20

soooooo good!

What a great book. everything made so much sense to me. I especially found it helpful to have real people talking about their situations and being able to relate. I have learnt so much and have many take away moments. Thank you Mark.

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  • Amina
  • 19-04-20

Absolutely amazing

A must listen! Really fascinating audiobook. I learnt so much from this and it was really engaging.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-20

The Best Relationship Advice Ever

Mark Manson offers a sober look at how healthy relationships really look like. Personally, it helped me navigate common relationship problems. Listeners will know where they screwed up in their relationships. Don't miss out. It's a must-have for anybody trying to build an intimate relationship with someone else.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-20

Great book! Wonderful stories! Mark done good job!

Great contents, learned a lot! Mark have done wonderful job! Wonderful real stories! 5 stars!

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  • Tamas Csala
  • 02-04-20

Funny and entertaining, but not much new content

I've genuinely enjoyed listening to this audio book, but unlike the other books of Mark, this left me feeling like I didn't learn anything new at all.

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  • Kamil Roman
  • 21-08-20

Excellent book of Mark's

Yet another excellent book of Mark's. It's not a solution to all of your relationship problems, but gives one real-life insight into the most common relationship and life issues - boundaries, phantasies, facing problems heads-on. I regard myself an advanced relationship student, yet the book still offered me some valuable insight into my own struggles and issues. And still, as usual in Mark's books, it's fun to read. or listen to Highly recommended, but still, if you are a novice in relationship issues, you should probably get some basic knowledge first, e.g. on Mark's blog, Mark's excellent book Models or other similar resources.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-20

Brilliant

A simple idea, delivered brilliantly. These situations weren’t overly applicable to my own love life, yet it was still such an enjoyable listen I didn’t want to turn it off. Mark HAS to do more of these!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-20

MARK MANSON IS A WIZARD

I am Vanessa.. can relate so hard... have set me on the path to develop self respect and standards

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  • Michael Wai Ming Shiu
  • 02-04-20

Best successful relationship stories 2020

I am a fan of The Subtle Art .. and Everything is.. and now this is my favourite my all time favourite book about healthy strong relationships. Enjoy!😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-20

five people & an author

I'd initially baulked at the length of time that this audible book is, but once I got into it, I couldn't get enough. The individuals involved are are open and honest about their relationship challenges and Mark is very candid & considered in how he approaches each one on their own merits but manages to clarify what the fundamental issues are that link them all together - well worth a listen and investment in time, if you're in need of more than just love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-20

Engaging & relevant but not too heavy.

The topics covered in these sessions were really great. Personally I would have liked a more in-depth look into the some of the root causes for the unhealthy behaviors and coping mechanisms.. but I realise that was not really the purpose of this. Overall it was a great listen, packed with wisdom, insight and humor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-20

So funny, and well put together

The guests and their stories were diverse and relatable and there were many moments that I was laughing at loud, but it was an altogether insightful and heartfelt approach on relationship advice. Very well put together!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-20

Amazing listen....

This book is amazing. Mark’s interviews with the participants are brilliant and provide insight into your own behaviours and where these patterns are likely to have stemmed from. Brilliant from start to finish. I was sad when it ended. I could have listened for hours more....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-20

Another winner from Mr Manson

So many interesting insights in this book. The people were really real and relatable in their willingness to share and be vulnerable. I loved hearing their journeys and light bulb moments. Thank you Mark and team!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-20

Relatable stories

Thank you to the brave souls who shared their stories and struggles. I found something to relate to in each story, and I will probably listen to them again in a while once I have done some homework too. Thank you Mark, this was a great idea! Your voice is very listenable, and the way in which you gently ask people to look at their assumptions or to consider a tough truth is a lesson in itself. This was totally worth a listen, and I can happily recommend it.

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  • Jaime Skye
  • 01-09-20

More Mark Manson please

Loved it as much as his other stuff. Plus he has a nice reading/audiobook voice