Ok, so first off I want to put it out there that this is the FIRST audio book that I have been able to actually sit through without getting distracted. I absolutely LOVE that Aziz Ansari did the reading for the audio book and added little side notes and tid bits throughout the book. It definitely made the book for me. I have tried several audio books in the past while cleaning, taking a bath, cooking, laying in bed, etc and can never give my full attention to the book. I always found my mind wandering. Over the last couple of days we took a day trip to France and then a day trip to Belgium and finished the audio book in 2 days. It was funny and interesting all at once.
I originally purchased this book thinking that it was a comedy book. I didn’t bother reading the synopsis because, well… the author is Aziz Ansari. My husband and I love his stand up and his TV series Master of None, so it was an impulse buy based on the author. Once we started listening to it though, we were surprised to learn that Aziz Ansari was discussing a serious topic that he put a lot of time and effort into researching. He traveled the world to research different cultures and their outlook and statistics and dating, romance, and simply the opposite sex. The statistics covered in the book were shocking and even more so were people’s outlooks and thoughts on the way that relationships today should work. It really makes me appreciate the fact that I found my husband early in life and that almost 11 years later we are still completely happy and going strong. I couldn’t imagine this whole dating through social media/smart phones that seems to be the norm of today.
I would definitely recommend this book if todays dating scene and other cultures outlook on it interest you. I honestly had no clue what I was getting into when I started the book, but was quickly sucked in when people’s outlooks on marriage, dating, and initial contact was being discussed. I also recommend getting the audio book if you love Aziz Ansari as much as we do. Him reading his own book really made this a whole new experience and I honestly don’t know that I would have liked the book as much if it would have been read by someone else.
I gave Modern Romance 4 Stars and I definitely recommend it (especially the audio book version of it) to all who love Aziz Ansari!!!