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Happier at Home Audiobook

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

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Publisher's Summary

In the spirit of her blockbuster number-one New York Times best-seller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place.

One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home.

And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already.

So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year - September through May - to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.

In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family’s treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster.

Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions - and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well.

With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.

©2012 Gretchen Rubin (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Diane 01-31-16
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    "Great content, but Gretchen is more engaging"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maha 03-17-15
    Maha 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Repetition"

    I felt it was just a repetition of The Happiness Project. Read only her first project, don't waste time on this one.

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    Colleen NEWFIELDS, NH, United States 03-06-14
    Colleen NEWFIELDS, NH, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "waste of money"
    Would you try another book from Gretchen Rubin and/or Kathe Mazur?

    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.


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    Joy 10-05-12
    Joy 10-05-12
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    "Hard to listen to"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Kathe Mazur’s performance?

    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.


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    Y. Vargas 11-17-17
    Y. Vargas 11-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Still got my happiness fix"

    But this version is not as eye opening as the original happiness project. Still love the Gretchen nuggets of research and hints. Didn't care for this narrator, didn't imbue Gretchen.

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    Ashley Sawyer 11-14-17
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    "Great!"

    What an amazing book! I learned so much and I am going to use a lot of what I learned in my daily life.

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    Grayson 10-05-17
    Grayson 10-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Let down."

    I was excited when I downloaded this audiobook. Gretchen Ruben is prolific and I prepared myself to be enthralled. I wasn’t. To start, I truly wish she would have narrated the book herself. The narrator literally put me to sleep and her impressions of Mrs. Rubin’s kids were obnoxious (FYI I have kids). In regards to the story I found it flat and uninteresting. There was nothing that kept me listening and I almost bailed on the book, but I stuck it out hoping to glean some knowledge before the end. Didn’t happen. I am still a fan of Gretchen Rubin but I had to be honest in this review. I sincerely hope she reads here own audiobooks in the future.

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    Sarah Dillon 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A triple whammy: practical, interesting & inspiring"

    So much to take away and enjoy, even for the slightly cynical reader who may be well read in - and weary of - the productivity & wellness genre.

    Highly recommended.

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    Emily G 06-27-17
    Emily G 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book, but wish it was read by the author."

    Content of the book is interesting, especially where Gretchen Rubin explains research behind the concepts. It was hard to get past the narrator. Her tone is overly dramatic and slow. The parts where she spoke in baby talk to mimic Gretchen's little girls were awful. Please let the author read first person nonfiction!

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    Amazon Customer 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Powerful Introspection"

    I Love the way her story pulled out my deepest desires for my own happiness.

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