Gilbert let's you know up front this book may not make you feel any happier but at least you will understand why. Truth in advertising!
This isn't meant to be a 'how to be happy' guide although it may serve a purpose in explaining what won't make you happy or even where to aim our expectations.
Personally, I wasn't thrilled with those parts where evolutionary 'just-so stories' have to be worked through to set us up at the 'present situation' because we could just start already agreeing we do have frontal lobes and do have x-chemicals and x-programs. Slightly annoying (but almost cute) are the ongoing references or comparisons only a Harvard Intellectual might make - mazda miatas, vacations in france, cocktail parties.
Those are mostly minor complaints of mine in an otherwise well done explanation about this unique angle of 'happiness' as something often relative and changing depending on 'when' we recall it or when we expect to get it or how we (rightly or wrongly) imagine it ought to be.
Many times he calls out those peculiar 'logic mistakes' we humans constantly make but never seem to actually call ourselves on and I appreciated these angles and a few really made me realize where I had some improvements I can make in my own life.
Not all authors are great narrators but Gilbert's experience as a lecturer seems to serve him very well here. Easy to listen to, enunciates well and while he may not be a professional stand-up comedian he really does get across some funny stories, puns and keeps a light-hearted tone.
Some good stuff here. It's not a Gladwell 'clone' and much of this (most readers) is unique angles on happiness you probably haven't heard before or in this kind of scholarly but enjoyable detail.
Awesome show with great in-studio interview of crazy/smart 'Rent is too Damn High' party and then amazing in-studio interview with Bernard Hopkins! Hilarious Jocktober and some funny 'Baby Boy Sam'. 4/5ths of the show is one of the BEST shows ever... ... unfortunately the last 1/5th filled with more Ian Halpernin or 'dead air' as I call it.
Almost a perfect show!!
Great start with hilarious 'Rent is too Damn High' candidate and teases to awesome follow-up to Baby Boy Sam and his hilarious PTA mom and what might be a great Jocktober bit... only to get glossed over for about 20 minutes of Jimmy doing sicky cringe stuff and then a helluva lot of Ian Halperin for what seemed like hours.
If you love Ian Halperin (or is it Halpernin?) and love him being obnoxious with callers then you will love this episode. Unfortunately for me, I am well tired of that guy.
I thought it was just me but a few friends said they too thought the guys were flat since coming back from holidays. I get the feeling they are just walking through the general templates, repeating bits with no twists and those crazy spontaneous moments are missing. Is it a lack of Patrice? Jimmy preoccupied with his own career? Maybe it is the upcoming contract negotiations? Still some funny stuff here.
.. He speaks into the microphone. The Analog is converted to Digital. These are converted into Files. These files are copied. The copies are stored on Audibles Server. Then people will pay to download this file. They will step through a credit card process. Using Audible's Download Manager the purchaser transfers it to their computer. The listener uses their ears to hear it. But something has gone wrong. The solution? They should use a checklist.
If you liked that review then you will love this book. If you were unhappy reading my review then you better think twice about paying for this download.
IF you are someone who loved Malcolm Gladwell's books then you have have read those and will consequently be disappointed at this uhh.. very dull utilitarian generic version almost punishing the reader/listener with a stern work assignment.
Checklist. Use a checklist. Remove this from the Checklist.
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