This book will take you in some strange directions but is really fun the whole way. Insightful too.
I could have and would have listened to it all at once if I were able to sit on a tractor for more than 6 hours at a time!
An action and mystery packed story with great momentum and a lot of fun twists. In fact, I think "fun" is the best way to describe this thriller.The narrator's performance was the best I've heard yet. Because of the sheer number of characters it is certainly a challenge to give them each their own voice but this narrator tries and succeeds! I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 only because, while almost the whole story is entirely believable, it unnecessarily goes over the top just before the end -but don't let that one nitpick keep you away from this book or this excellent trilogy. The rest of the story more than makes up for it.
Contrary to it's title this book is not a 12 step program or a traditional self help book. Haidt's career and personal interests have enabled him to scour history, religion, and all the scientific data that modern psychology and biology have on hand that relates to human well being, behavior, and happiness. He uses the lens of what-we-now-know to dissect and reinterpret what the sages of the world's major religions have been saying for years with often surprising insights.
I found that this book helped to expand upon and crystalize many existing but vague notions I had about relationships, human behavior/psychology, and what leads to happiness. In the end I learned many useful metaphors through which to view my own life experience that have already helped me to navigate my own thoughts and relationships. Useful, insightful, educational and all the while fun, this is a great read!
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