Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it?
Across the millennia philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life.
Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help's suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety.
This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining audiobook exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking and poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that everything's fine even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.
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By miriam on 12-11-16
Narration is awful and distracting
It even says in the blurb for the audio book that it's narrated by Derren Brown and Jot Davis. In fact it's entirely Jot Davis and he's not doing a good job, the way he reads the book is truly distracting from the contents which is a massive shame. I'll be reading this on kindle instead. Giving up half way through. Luckily audible refund without a quibble.
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By JackJack on 10-11-16
A disastrous narrator. I'll be asking for a refund
I pre-ordered this book because I enjoyed Derren Brown's previous book, "Confessions of a Conjuror". That previous work had a few flaws with regards to the text itself, but the perfomance (by the author) was superb. It quickly became one of my favourite audiobooks of all time.
This is quite the reverse. The material seems very interesting indeed (if quite similar to "The Antidote" by Oliver Burkemann), but I was unable to finish even the first chapter due to the lifeless droning narrator. Seriously, a text-to-speech program could have done a better job.
I have been an Audible user for a few years now, and have over 100 books in my library. This is the first time I have ever asked for a refund.
A message to the publisher: withdraw this book, and get the author to narrate it himself. I don't care how long it takes, or how much it costs. We can wait.
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By Esmee on 12-11-16
Lovely book - but read, don't listen
Would you listen to Happy again? Why?
No unfortunately not. I would definitely re-read the book, but I didn't like Jot Davies's voice at all. I pre-ordered the audiobook, while it still said Derren Brown would narrate it. I listened to his other audiobooks - narrated by himself - which I immensely loved. I was therefore quite disappointed to find it was narrated by someone else, and unfortunately with a voice that wasn't easy to listen to. However, taking a more Stoic approach: nothing to do about it and fortunately I have the story in book-form. No harm done.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The narrative gives a very helpful approach to different aspects of life with many references to ancient Greec philosophy.
What didn’t you like about Jot Davies’s performance?
The tone of his voice went up every few words. This made it very annoying to listen to his voice.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By D.S. Moss on 22-05-17
I'm a fan of Derren Brown and was looking forward to this book, however, the narration voice is unbearable. It's as though Jot Davies is reading a children's novel to a room of 5-year-olds. Not happy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful