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Modern Romance

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Aziz Ansari

6 Hours 14 Minutes

Penguin Audio

June 2015

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

“An engaging look at the often head-scratching, frequently infuriating mating behaviors that shape our love lives.” —Refinery 29

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from Aziz Ansari, the star of Master of None and one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

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  • Lori T

    Awesome book! Was very cool to hear Aziz read the book! He is not only hilarious but very insightful! Great book! Recommend read!

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  • Dakota E.

    I honestly don’t know how I got through the whole thing. Three stars because clearly he did his reasearch and tried to present statistics in a humorous way. The problem for me is that it is just depressing.

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  • Charlene C

    Great book. I enjoyed his voice and comedy within his narration. Gave it four stars: although it was informative about today’s world of dating... I didn’t really gain anything from it. Matter of fact, if it was someone else narrating I would have gave it a lower rating.

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  • Brianna B

    Great book!

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  • Brielle James

    I love Aziz Ansari's stand-up comedy and sarcastic humor, so I was excited the book was narrated by him, and I was not disappointed! The side commentary during his narration specifically for audio listeners was enjoyable, so I'm glad I got the audio version. His narration alone had me sold. However, if you aren't a fan of his stand-up, you will probably will not find this audio book as enjoyable. The book is also really informative, so I found it to be a great read for Millennials in its own right! Aziz Ansari did a lot of research for the book (arguably a chapter or two too much, but that's okay), including cross-culturally. I enjoyed seriously learning about modern dating alongside the laughs I was hoping for.

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  • Sydney Allen

    Aziz Ansari never disappoints! I read this book while in a relationship and kept thinking to myself, \"I\'m so glad I\'m not single!\" Now that I\'m single, I\'m thinking \"oh I hope Aziz\'s book wasn\'t right!\" Well, I\'m finding that it is.

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  • Cassidy Royal

    Great narration by Aziz and some interesting new info on the subject.

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  • Nikki Hera

    Easy to follow, nothing new in terms of content and the narator is searing a bit too much :) Funny outlook on what it means to be single in the digital age with endless choices and no privacy. Must read for Millennials!

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  • Jarrell Williams

    Great points on technology and being that I'm 27 my generation is losing sight of what a real relationship is. However some cheesy jokes and rambling made me lose focus at some points. Overall I enjoyed it and think Aziz is hilarious!

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  • Brooke Wano

    Loved it. A great balance between humor and information.

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