A Short Guide to a Happy Life

  • by Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by Anna Quindlen
  • 0 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this audio, Anna Quindlen, the best selling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to "get a life" - to live deeply every day and form your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. "Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us," Quindlen writes, "because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives." Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: "It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason...I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted." But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.Hear an exclusive interview with Quindlen.


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"We have to teach ourselves how to live, really live - to love the journey, not the destination." - Anna Quindlen


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short=thin=not worth the price

I generally like the author's short works (her old columns), and if this were priced by the word (or minute) on the scale where 20-hour audiobooks cost $30, then I would say go for it. But it is terribly pricey for what seems like an NPR feature segment. I think the paper version of this book sold because it made a great graduation present that could be read completely while standing in line to get into the graduation ceremony.

I recommend instead This American Life (a whole month -- 4 hours -- of something with a similar mood for only a few more dollars), a deeper self-help book (or better still, literature that really delves into the happy life), or Al Franken's great send-up of this book and its ilk ("Oh, the Things I Know" -- a great audiobook, read by the author).
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This is an important reminder to remember to look for the beauty of life..even in the dark. Thank you!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2000
  • Publisher: Random House Audio