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Where does How to Be Alive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is one of my favorite audiobooks to date for its practical use, novel concepts and personal interest. I am glad Colin Beavan did the narration, since his own style and tone is fun and entertaining.
What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Alive?
If you liked No-Impact Man but were uneasy about the sacrifice of creature comforts, remember when Michelle says, "I just want to go get a baked good", then you will love this book. Colin Beavan has switched from the idea that doing good for the world involves personal sacrifice to doing good for the world by living a life that is what we want. This book is about replacing society's normal definition of success with your own definition. There is the guy who looks longingly at the $60K Mercedes thinking if only he had that, he would be successful. When he eventually gets it, he is still stuck in traffic like everyone else.
Which scene was your favorite?
I love the story about being in the class with 3rd graders where he asks them, "Who has had the experience of really, really wanting a toy and then getting it and finding out that it wasn't really that great?". One kid admits that s/he feels that way with just about every new thing.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, because of the huge range of topics in this book, I didn't want to miss out on another whole area of life, by not getting to it yet. I wanted to take in all the ideas right away and then let them sink in. I am on my second time through the audio book now, slower this time.
Any additional comments?
Wherever you are with deciding how you want to live, this book can handle it and still offer you ideas to consider that you may not have ever thought of. For things you already know you want to do (but aren't doing), it has some clever ideas on how you can start to work them into your life, also in ways you might not have seen coming.
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Would you listen to How to Be Alive again? Why?
Maybe, I prefer reading it as the materials sink in more more this way.
What did you like best about this story?
I like that the author reads the book.
What about Colin Beavan’s performance did you like?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
How to Be Happy REally
Any additional comments?
The audibles comes up always a chapter behind than the actual chapter of the book. I've noticed this on a couple of audibles.