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

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If you could sum up The Architecture of Happiness in three words, what would they be?

Verbalizes the difficult to articulate feelings that one experiences when experiencing a man-made place.

What did you like best about this story?

It's an unusual and difficult to tackle area. Nebulous. But the author has gotten the lightning into the bottle, as they say.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Vance brings to the material the character of a like-able and effusive aesthete and bon-vivant. The perfect voice for the elevated and of the moment ideas in the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The impossible book to capture on film has been made.

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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

Book Details

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