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This is an entertaining and informative read that perfectly blends research and humor. I really enjoyed this book. It is part humor, part research project, part self-help book, part dating guide, and all around awesome.
I had been meaning to read the hardcover edition of this book that has been sitting on my bookshelf. Then my husband asked if we could get an audiobook of it from the library so we could listen to it on a roadtrip. So like any reasonable person, I sat in the car with my hardcover open and allowed Aziz Ansari to read it for me while I followed along like on of those read-along books.
This is a very unique and interesting book. It blends personal stories with actual research including focus groups, surveys, interviews, and literature reviews. The book is written in a very simple way with easy-to-understand charts and graphs (in the physical book). Ansari and Klinenberg present the information they found in a way that can be easily read by everyone.
There are pros and cons to the audiobook vs physical book. The physical book includes pictures, charts, and graphs, which the audiobook does not. However, the audiobook is read by Ansari himself, so there is that. The text is basically the same with some added wording in the audiobook, such as Ansari making fun of the reader for being too lazy to read the actual book. There are minor differences between the two versions (like a story about a picture of a deer in the hardcover book that turns into a story about a picture of a horse in the audiobook), but the pertinent information is all the same.
A great book for people who are interested in "modern romance" as well as those who typically don't like nonfiction. This is a great nonfiction book to try if you normally aren't fan of them. Fun, humorous, and entertaining, this is a great read.