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Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith, read by Mozhan Marno.

There is a myth in our culture that to find meaning, you have to travel to a distant monastery or wade through dusty volumes to figure out life's great secret. The truth is there are untapped sources of meaning all around us: right here, right now. Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology; on insights from George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, the Buddha and other great minds, Emily Esfahani Smith identifies four pillars upon which meaning rests: belonging, purpose, storytelling and transcendence.

She also explores how we can begin to build a culture of meaning into our families, our workplaces and our communities.

Inspiring and full of contemporary examples, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a richer, more satisfying life.

©2017 Emily Esfahani Smith (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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  • Dr RE Hodgson
  • 05-04-17

Brilliant insights

I am a middle-aged secular humanist struggling to find meaning as my life heads downhill. This book has given me considerable hope with alternative goals to pursue

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  • Lance Spring
  • 12-21-17

Good book, but from a very Western Perspective

This book concerns itself more with the white western existence and lack of meaning that the modern lifestyle creates.

Not much use for the non-white, immigrant or "other", whose meaning is in part derived from our low status within this (western) society.
We see life very differently wherever we are and subsequently nearly never have to ask this question.

Nevertheless a good educational book with 1st class narration.

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  • Moriam. O. Baruwa
  • 11-22-17

Purposeful

Enjoyed listening to this book. Thought provoking, it had me thinking about what I could make life mean for myself and humanity

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-17

Humble acts

I like the ending, how nicely it all comes together under the umbrella of love.
I liked the calming voice of the reader.

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  • Murgatroyd
  • 09-29-17

Uninspired

It takes a long time to say not much and in the end concludes with the blinding observation that all you need is love. The Beatles managed that in 4 minutes.

It's ok but you can use your credits better elsewhere.

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  • mark
  • 08-02-17

Wonderful book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Meaning to be better than the print version?

It is wonderfully read.

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This book is a real gem. Packed with clear and far reaching ideas. Get it.

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  • Joshua Gerrard
  • 10-04-17

Peaks early

I finished this today and can say that I found the first two chapters quite enlightening, and that the rest was just a bunch of interesting stories. I’m still glad I listened to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-18

Insightful, enriching, uplifting

I cannot recommend this book/narration highly enough. Well written, very moving and delivered with great sensitivity. Best book of 2017 I’ve come across

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  • Tina
  • 01-23-17

Informative and Inspiring

The author skilfully brings together philosophies, study results and many peoples personal accounts, into an easy to understand and inspiring book.

This book is factual and well referenced throughout, providing so much more than just a 'self help' book.

A good book makes us think for a while, a great book changes us. I am changed from 'The Power of Meaning'.

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  • Izzy
  • 10-08-17

Truly fantastic book, very highly recommended

I decided to listen to this book after hearing Emily Esfehani Smith's TED talk and wanting to know more about the four pillars of meaning. The book delivers so much in terms of thought-provoking ideas, fascinating research, compelling stories of real individuals' experiences and practical ideas to apply to one's own life to cultivate more meaning. It was so refreshing after being inundated by the 'cult of happiness' in so many other books. Plus, the narrator has a soothing, sensitive voice that is just a joy to listen to.

A genuine life-changer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-17

interesting read

a very interesting and helpful book to help give meaning to your life. also very well read audibly.