The Architecture of Happiness

  • by Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Architecture of Happiness is a dazzling journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of chairs, walls, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet, a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.


What the Critics Say

"De Botton has a marvelous knack for coming at weighty subjects from entertainingly eccentric angles." (Seattle Times)
"With originality, verve, and wit, de Botton explains how we find reflections of our own values in the edifices we make....Altogether satisfying." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Entertaining and stimulating....The strength of his book is that it encourages us to open our eyes and really look at the buildings in which we live and work." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful book

Alian de Botton is a great writer and this work demonstrates that beautifully. If you're at all interested in this book or aesthetic philosophy it is a must have for you. Also be sure to check out Alian's YouTube channel "The School of Life)
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- John

a bit pompous

Would you try another book from Alain de Botton and/or Simon Vance?


What could Alain de Botton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

the theories are of interest to me, but it is hard to wade through the pompous language

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

Karen Savage

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Was hoping that listening to the book would help me get through the over-the-top language, but the awful and pretentious reading discouraged that

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- Eline "jongedame"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.