This book is a wonderful mix of travelogue, cultural comparison, philosophy, and wry humor that has me alternately thinking about life and happiness, and laughing out loud (I have to be mindful of my surroundings when I am listening).
It has been a year since I listened to this book, but there are three things that I remembered being very surprised by:
1. For a non-fiction travelogue (which is not the type of book I usually read) I thought the author wrote a very interesting and compelling collection of stories.
2. Considering the title I was surprised at how fun and funny the book was. And realized I must be quite a grump too, because I very much related to the author.
3. I am usually very disappointed when non-fiction authors read their own work. They just don't usually have the voice for audiobooks. This was the exception to that. Eric has a great voice and reads with great cadence and inflection.
I definitely recommend it!
I am an elementary teacher with a 30 minute commute each way!
This is a great book to own and skim through when the travel bug bites, but listening through it straight through became really boring. I will keep it in my library to listen to on the plane but it isn't something I would recommend for purchase.
I was excited about this book because I'm very interested in positive psychology. But I don't want to hear the information through this author's NPR-style "grumpy" stance... ugh. Beware the word "grump" in the title!
more interesting detail about life in the other countries
I thought the subject was to vague and abstract.
The narration was a little dragging for me. Intelligent but perhaps a bit ponderous. I would have liked more humour.