I'm a big fan of Gretchen and her work, but I really struggled to get past Kathe's narration. Gretchen's passion and sincerity make all the difference from a listening perspective. I do not intend to suggest that Kathe is a terrible narrator. I delight in listening to Gretchen narrate her own works.
I found this book very hard to listen too. My suspicions are the physical book would be more engaging. Gretchen's books are amazing and it was likely just the format I chose to listen.
I found this particular 'read' tough as it was life help vs a novel. Perhaps that was the issue. Novels are better on audio format for me.
Listening to audiobooks is like watching a really, really, really long and way more interesting movie... with my ears.
No. I liked the message. I didn't care for the voice over. I had to double the speed of the speaker and it seemed a little condescending.
As most self-help books, I'd compare this to anything from Brene Brown.
It'd be better if Gretchen read her own book. I think the message sounds like it has a lot more purpose when read by the author.
I like that she said material things mean something to us. That's the truth. Good to hear that I'm normal and not just another material girl. ;)
So many truths in this book! I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it! I am a happy person pretty much, and it enforced some
things I have seen before.....be happy!
Gretchen Ruben, author of "The Happiness Project," has now turned her attention to creating more happiness at home. She decided to spend one school year on this project as her youngest child has started school. She decided to work on relationships, interior design, possessions, marriage, parenthood, neighborhood, body, and now.
I loved the accessibility of this book. None of the things that Gretchen does to make her life happier are too time consuming, costly, or onerous.
Probably the most expensive thing that she did was having wisteria painted on the wall of her windowless office. I think that this paid off in increased production in her writing. Some things cost her nothing but practice such as getting rid of the mean mommy look which even her husband deemed cringeworthy. A couple of cute things that she did for her children was to randomly practice celebrating their birthdays with mini cupcakes and she also would make special breakfasts for holidays such as Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.
This book would be good for anyone who is interested in bringing a little more happiness into her life and the life of those she loves. (Even though I used the female pronoun, this book would work equally well for men).
I read all three of Gretchen's happiness books in the last two years. I started with The Happiness Project with my book club two years ago. I then listened to Better Than Before on Audible and it blew me away! Gretchen has thoroughly tapped into living life fully and getting the most of each day! I listened to Happier At Home most recently and it was excellent. I am going to have to relisten when I can take notes! One small issue I had was it was not Gretchen's voice this time. I had grown used to her frank manner in Better Than Before on Audible, so Kathe's reading, although lovely and eloquent, was not quite Gretchen. I kept imagining how Gretchen would have emphasized a point and then miss the next point. I spend 1-2 hours driving each day, so Audible is a great way for me to keep learning!
This book is about everyday life and marriage. Gretchen Rubin wrote her thoughts and ideas about how to be happy at home and how to make your home more homey. I like books about life, love, marriage so I like this book.