Happy

  • by Derren Brown
  • Narrated by Jot Davies
  • 18 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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.


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- Esmee

No Derren

The book is good. It espouses the benefits of stoic philosophy. It gives good examples. It teaches you about languaging and how you can control your reaction to things. Which is why I'm not upset that Derren didn't read it *sob* no really I'll be ok. Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes them so...... If you need me I'll be in my room.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks