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Perhaps some of the ideas in the book were interesting but it was so hard to access the meaning by the abysmal narration. The narrator's voice was clear but he failed to use appropriate word and sentence stress and intonation so frequently that it masked the message and was incredibly irritating. It was like when a child reads aloud, pronouncing the words but not understanding the content. Absolutely dire! This experience has made me realise the importance of listening to a sample of an audio book before choosing it - the narrator plays such a crucial role in making it an enjoyable experience.
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What did you like most about Happiness by Design?
Some interesting ideas that I will apply to my life. I believe there are PDF documents I can use although I haven't worked out how to find them yet.
Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Dolan? Why or why not?
Yes. Although I had to listen to this twice as I didn't enjoy it the first time around, mainly due to the dull narration.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Cowley?
The author himself
Any additional comments?
This is an instance where I would have probably enjoyed the written form of the book rather than it being narrated by someone other than the author, and so unsympathetically.
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At last here is a book that provides you with concrete explanations and processes which you can implement in your life so that you can Experience and Evaluate Happiness differently. This is not some hyped up American Self Help Guru who's going to make broad sweeping 'compact takeaways' of how to get superficially PUMPED up about your life and be a Positive Genuis etc.. Paul's academic and Policy background enables him to present a cohesive and fact based approach that's refreshingly realistic. I can't wait to read his other books
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
this book is great for anyone who like understanding more about the human condition and likes arguments based on fact. some of the personal bits are tend to have a bit much of "im selling my idea " but in a way it makes it fit in with the self help style more than a technical report.
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cowley – was your favourite?
good job, it made me feel like it was the author telling the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
yes, logical themes that made me want to hear the next interesting bit.
Any additional comments?
I liked this much better than your average self help book, it has sound research backing strong logic set in the quirky life of the author. :)