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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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  • Karen
  • Maple Ridge, BC
  • 03-05-13

So useful!

This book is packed with useful ideas, thoughts, suggestions to take responsibility for making our homes happier and healthier. Love it! Now I intend to listen to "The Happiness Project."

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  • Debra
  • Grant, FL, United States
  • 01-08-13

Gretchen Rubin wrote this book to me!

Would you consider the audio edition of Happier at Home to be better than the print version?

Although I have both happiness books in print, I own them both on audible. I love listening to the books many times because it really helps solidify things for me. Whenever I do not have an audio book, I turn on Grethchen';s books again even though I have already listened to them many times. I feel like I am talking with a friend.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love how honest Gretchen is about how she feels as she goes through her daily life.

What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

I like the simplicity of her voice. It is clear and easily understood. This is not a book to be done with drama and she is a perfect reader for this.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt like the book was written to me. Gretchen's first book helped me a lot and helped me look at things in new ways. This book hits things right on the head and really put me in my place.

Any additional comments?

I read a lot and for a book to give me new ideas that I had not though of before is saying a lot.

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  • Kathryn
  • Mount Pleasant, SC, United States
  • 12-11-12

The narrator was annoying

Would you try another book from Gretchen Rubin and/or Kathe Mazur?

probably not... I couldn't get through this audible book. I think it may have been better if it was narrated by the author. She read the introduction and had me excited about the book. But then Kathe Mazur started reading and it was driving me crazy. She read too slow and seemed to make the book sound much more serious than I had originally thought it would be.

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  • Gabelle
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-13-12

Simple and effective

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's a relaxing meditation that puts things in perspective.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's ok to take about our possessions! ha ha ha... in this world of materialsim, all litterature talks about how bad it is and how we shouldn't be materialistic. That chapter, reminds us that some materialism is totally ok. She's good at taking layers of guilt off.

What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

Her voice is good and she puts some feeling into it. It's easy to understand.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldnt watch that film

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  • Jeffrey
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 10-22-12

Great book! Such a fun read!

If you could sum up Happier at Home in three words, what would they be?

Really Wonderful Ideas.

Any additional comments?

I loved listening to this book, and I always enjoy listening to Kathe Mazur. She makes it come alive for me, and I always trust her.

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  • Kim
  • GREENVILLE, SC, United States
  • 10-01-12

Mostly Helpful

Most of Gretchen's tips and ideas are inspiring and thought provoking, a few are annoying. The narration is about the same...mostly just fine, sometimes annoying

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  • alison
  • glen allen, VA, United States
  • 09-29-12

OK as a sequel

Gretchen, why didn't you read this yourself? This is YOUR story and should be in your voice. Kathe Mazur is a good narrator, but not for this story. This was distracting.

As a Happiness Project devotee, I found this book somewhat repetitive . . . perhaps this should be Gretchen's last happiness project.

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Great reading of a good book

Would you listen to Happier at Home again? Why?

Very easy to listen. Well written for spoken format. The book moves right along and keeps the listener engaged.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Happier at Home?

The vignettes all contain pearls of wisdom for happiness...albeit perhaps sometimes more about material and time-related obstacles confronting a Yale-trained-attorney-turned-author than less affluent folks.

Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

All were very well done. The daughters are fun.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Rich people can be happy and you can too!

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prefer the author as narrator

Any additional comments?

Green Rubin did her own narration for the first book, and I found it much more engaging. I find myself dozing off with this narrator, and not following what she's saying.

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