The News

  • by Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by Nicholas Bell
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?
We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new audiobook, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories - including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal - and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as "Why are disaster stories often so uplifting?"; "What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting?"; "Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down?"; "Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring?"
In The News: A User's Manual, de Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book. Essential listening/ reading

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book, with great advice and thoughts.


What didn’t you like about Nicholas Bell’s performance?

He is a lifeless reader, and emotionless. I've read the physical book, and he just doesn't bring the book to life.


Any additional comments?

Hopefully in the future Alain De Botton will be asked to narrate his own books. I spoke with him about this, and he said that he is not asked. Lets hope this changes.

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- Conrad

On The Media ...

As always, after finishing one of Alain de Botton's books, you look up with a fresh perspective on something that had seemed sorted and steady in your mind; the world seems to be a slightly brighter and more interesting place. Here he takes on that multi-headed behemoth, the Media, and slowly dissects it and its relationship with us so that we can better understand its motivations and faults. A very good read, though the production (the music, and the constant interruptive numbers) was slightly distracting.
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- M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd