Modern Romance

Modern Romance

Audiobook CD - 2015 | Unabridged
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The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Penguin Audio,, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781611764253
Branch Call Number: CD BK 646.77 ANS
Characteristics: 5 audio discs (6 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 inches
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Additional Contributors: Klinenberg, Eric - Author


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Jun 12, 2019

This was such a fun book to listen to! I finished it in just two days. I like how the authors combine scientific research with anecdotes and Aziz's own hilarious descriptions, which is a fun and engaging approach to nonfiction writing. The way relationships and dating have changed with technology and over time is fascinating. I definitely recommend it!

Oct 02, 2018


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.

Feb 20, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

Modern Romance is a book about the contemporary dating scene, where more and more people are meeting online, and even when we do meet in person, we do most of our communicating through the internet or our phones, by writing instead on talking. This is a major topic of Ansari’s stand-up, also, and so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for.

But the book is not just an extension or a translation of Ansari’s stand-up material. It is actually the culmination of a multi-year sociological study that Ansari undertook with Eric Klinenberg, examining modern dating behaviours, comparing them to the way dating worked for older generations, and taking in quantitative and qualitative data, all coming together into some very real perspectives and advice on navigating the world of modern romance.

Ansari takes you with him through the research process and findings, speaking always in layperson terms, and injecting his personal brand of humour into the discussions in natural and relatable ways.

It’s a great book, an engaging and enjoyable read, and one that just might make you learn something!

Oct 10, 2016

I enjoyed Aziz's humor and his takes on this subject. The science was interesting but I felt like a lot of the findings and advice were common sense. The best part was listening to Aziz and his hilarious takes on some of the subjects.

Sep 29, 2016

Want something funny? Want something informative? Listen to this! Aziz Ansari co-wrote and narrated the book, so you know it's good.

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Oct 24, 2017

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

Oct 24, 2017

Coarse Language: lots of profanity used very casually


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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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