©2000 Alain de Botton; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"De Botton, genial, accurate, humane guide to the thinkers at hand, has written a rich and useful book." (Washington Post Book World)
"The quietly ironic style and eclectic approach will gratify many postmodern readers....An enjoyable read with 'a few consoling and practical things' to say." (Publishers Weekly)
Sometimes our opinion of a book indicates what we are, moreso than the book. Alain de Botton's reflections are for those people who are in touch with their pain, great and small, and who are inclined to solve their problems by understanding them. Frankly, philosophy's greatest value might be to raise the heads of the downtrodden--to console them, not to allow them to look down their noses at others. Forget what snobs are saying about the use of "Philosophy" in the title, both here and on bookstore sites. If you're a person who examines his or her life seriously, then you will find helpful and invigorating ideas about your existence by an articulate, sensitive author. Botton even addresses snobbery. Oh, and the narration is great; Vance at his best.
I have read 3 or 4 books by De Botton and I intend to read every last thing this guy writes. The narrator is a perfect fit as well. For my money there is no better combination on Audible. I can't imagine anyone not liking this (or any other book by De Botton). Other than my wife perhaps - who refuses to read it because there are no vampires. ugh.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
This book got mixed reviews in its print version, and I understand why. If you were a philosophy major in college or a hard core philosopher this overview of the giants in philosophy might appear watered down. Not for me. As someone who was exposed to these thinkers years ago, but felt a need to return to their ideas, I thought this overview was accessible and contextual. It provided a thread of philosophical thought through the ages than console a person on a variety of subjects. I truly enjoyed it.
Hard to say. Because I am an amateur athlete I was drawn to his assessment of Nietzsche and overcoming difficulty, but all of the chapters were of equal interest.
I have, and he always does a very good job. For this material his European accent helps with describing the paintings and cities cited in the text.
I rarely do that, but I did listen to in short period of time. This is not a long book. I enjoy shorter books between longer books I usually listen to, it breaks things up a bit.
I enjoy books about Non-Fiction a bit more than The Great Courses Series. This book is a good example of a great presentation on a weighty subject that is handled is an way that is accessible to all readers. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to revisit Philosophy but doesn't want to wade through a complex discussion of a sometimes dense topic. Well done Audible!
Style and topic in writting
Schopenhahuer and Nietzsche; interesting history they will change the way you think
Thinking in different ways can make you even happier
Doesn't dig too deeply, but always entertaining in the info he presents and the way he uses it.
I enjoy de Botton's writing and Vance's performance.
It was a great book, except for the technical problems. The playback would freeze, skip forward to the end and skip to the end. At times, it would skip significant chunks of a section. Trying to follow the concepts developed and the life stories was very difficult.
De Botton gives amusing anecdotes about each philosopher while delivering their teachings in a simple and digestible form. I have often found reading philosophy impossible as I need concrete examples to understand things - plus sometimes the teachings just seem too obvious. I learnt a lot from this book though and found it incredibly funny quite a lot of the time. It made me think (as it should) and made me laugh!
The Greek and Roman philosophers are considered to be the greatest thinkers of all time. In this book the author makes accessible this timeless knowledge that has shaped the world. it is a book that has truly made me rethink parts of my life. It is a title that I will go back to again and again.
Love listening to non-fiction & fiction if the story is exciting.Favorite narrator: Simon Vance! Also loved The Goldfinch!
The narrator has a most pleasing voice & made it come alive for me.
I learned about the history of several philosophers in a story-like manner.
Yes! He's my favorite. His other books have been equally wonderful.
Epicurious wasn't a lush, although many think he really was.
Anyone interested in philosophy will enjoy listening to this book.
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