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.
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!
Love the book, but should have been read by Gretchen Rubin. This reading was too soft and "late FM" which is really not Rubin's style.
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.
Like the first book, it really helps you to connect to who you really are in able to help you focus on the things that make you feel good, while removing the things from your life that make you feel bad.
It was very different. It makes the whole book feel less personal than the first book, but she did a great job of quoting the girls.
Being more focused on what I can do in my home, to make my home life happier.
Well done Gretchen!! Can't wait for your next book.
I really like her first book but this book is just about things that happen in her daily life.
Waste of money I can listen to almost anything but could not listen to this. It should not really get even one star.
Yes, but probably only if I could borrow it from the library. This is a good book and a good listen overall. The narrator was pretty effective UNTIL she was called to do children's voices. it was honestly so painful that we had to turn it off. That was unfortunate because rest of the book and the narration were good quality.