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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.
©2016 Derren Brown (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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By Esmee on 11-12-16

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.

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By Lawnchair King on 05-04-17

Well supported and thought out. Terrible narration

What did you like best about Happy? What did you like least?

It is a light approach to some serious subject matter. I think Derren Brown has put a lot of thought and work into it. But the entire narration is painful to listen to, as though every word or every other word is emphasized to be 'happy'. Literally, I have to repeat what is said in my head to make sense of the reading that is much more suited for a Dr. Seuss book read for kids. It is a shame. It is almost a parody or sarcastic tone. I sampled some other narrations by Jot Davies, and he does a much better job on those. Perhaps he needs a plot and characters to be able to visualize what he is reading.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jot Davies’s performances?

Not without sampling it. Sorry to be so critical, but listening to him narrate this is painful, distracting and frustrating.

Any additional comments?

It is a harsh review I know, but now that there is an Audible version of 'Happy', I suppose it will be almost impossible to have another made.

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By JackJack on 11-10-16

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 miriam on 11-12-16

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 Anonymous User on 01-30-18

Great Book

Fantastic Book once again by Derren Brown, this book can really calm you down, or teach you stuff. It's a shame about the narrator though...

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By Amazon Customer on 06-23-17

great read

really useful and interesting book. I read it over a few times as there was so much to learn.

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