Happy Money

  • by Elizabeth Dunn, Michael Norton
  • Narrated by B.J. Harrison
  • 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right. Two rising stars in behavioral science explain how money can buy happiness - if you follow five core principles of smarter spending.
Happy Money offers a tour of new research on the science of spending. Most people recognize that they need professional advice on how to earn, save, and invest their money. When it comes to spending that money, most people just follow their intuitions. But scientific research shows that those intuitions are often wrong.
Happy Money explains why you can get more happiness for your money by following five principles, from choosing experiences over stuff to spending money on others. And the five principles can be used not only by individuals but by companies seeking to create happier employees and provide “happier products” to their customers. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton show how companies from Google to Pepsi to Crate & Barrel have put these ideas into action.

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Good book, but could have been longer

Happy Money is a easily read book, with lots of stories and anecdotes. I enjoyed a lot while driving my car and felt sorry for finishing it. The science of smart spending resumes itself into 5 principles: 1st -buy Experiences; 2nd Make it a Treat; 3rd Buy Time
4th Pay Now, Consume Later and finally 5th Invest in Others. Although these principles are extensively outlined in the book, I thought it still lacked something else: maybe length, maybe five more principles.
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- ANDRÉ "I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time."

Long-winded but worthwhile; infuriating narrator

The book is interesting and is certainly about an important topic more people should give thought to. It was definitely of some benefit to me, and therefore I guess I'd recommend it. However, I dinged it on the stars because the whole thing seemed long-winded... this just didn't need to be a whole book. It would be better as a long-ish magazine article, I think.

As to the narration... I've listened to hundreds of books and this may be the worst narrator I've heard. His ostentatious over-enunciation came across (to me, anyway) as smug, irritating, and highly artificial. It was enough to seriously distract from the content of the book.

So overall, a worthy book, but between the skim-ability and horrific narration, perhaps better as a read than a listen.
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- maxpower

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios