Goodnight Smartphone

  • by Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by Arianna Huffington
  • 0 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio
Sleep is central to every part of our lives, and a good night's sleep begins by putting aside the day's worries. But in today's technology-saturated world, saying goodnight to the day is harder than ever. Allow author Arianna Huffington (Thrive, The Sleep Revolution) to guide you to a peaceful night's slumber as she performs Goodnight Smartphone: a classic tale reborn for the modern age, when the hardest thing to say goodnight to is not the moon but our phones, our email, our social media, our always-on digital selves.
During a visit to Audible to speak about the benefits of sleep, Arianna joked about what a wonderful book Goodnight Moon is and how other childhood classics help transition kids from daytime to sleep time. She posited why there weren't such books for adults. "Goodnight cares of the day, goodnight worries about tomorrow, goodnight laptop!" she exclaimed. Soon after, Goodnight Smartphone was born. Listen as Arianna borrows from the traditions of children's bedtime stories to create this modern age adaptation for adults, and learn more about her daily sleep regimen in her introduction. Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. Free until April 16, 2017.
Inspired by children's bedtime classics, this audiobook is a playful and relaxing guide to help you transition from the worries of a stressful day to a good night's sleep, and you can hear it only on Audible.

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Quick Ideas About Sleep

A short overview of some of the ideas presented in Huffington's recent book The Sleep Revolution with a twist of using the children's book GoodNight Moon as the format. I didn't think it was as awful as some reviews here on Audible made it seem. In fact, it was only 6 minutes long, offered a variety of helpful ideas about getting more sleep and it was free. You can't beat that for a deal. Glad I listened.
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- Sara

Nice idea, little "meh" to listen to...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but more likely as a book-book than an audio book.


Was Goodnight Smartphone worth the listening time?

Probably not. Might have gotten through it more easily as a read than a listen.


Any additional comments?

Overall I liked the idea, the need to disconnect from the constant influx of data and contact has effects on us, our stress levels, our state of mind and even physiological in ways that are often unseen and not realised. So with that in mind I very much appreciate the message of this book and the way Arianna puts it across.
That said, I had the unfortunate reaction that while her voice is calm and easy enough, as a narrator her accent can be a little hard to deal with and somehow made me take what she was saying just a tad less seriously - and moments like talking about some of the ways she relaxes felt not exactly relateable to an average person, which is not her fault, being a successful person gives you means and such that someone else might not have but it would have helped to focus more on a way to make this more every-person friendly in that specific respect.
Worth checking out as a way of looking at a concept that is more and more a big part of our lives that we almost cannot function and live without in this day and age but yeah, reading it might just be easier for others like me so maybe buy the printed version instead.

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- AkshayDel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios