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    • The Course of Love

    • A Novel
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 671
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    We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after". The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing, much needed retooling of the expectations and realities of Love

    • By Lydia on 07-04-16

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

    • By: Alain De Botton
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person" is from the May 29, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Alain De Botton and narrated by Kristi Burns.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • How Proust Can Change Your Life

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 313
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    For anyone who ever wondered what Marcel Proust had in mind when he wrote the one-and-a-quarter-million words of In Search of Lost Time (while bedridden no less), Alain de Botton has the answer. For, in this stylish, erudite and frequently hilarious book, de Botton dips deeply into Proust’s life and work - his fiction, letter, and conversations – and distils from them that rare self-help manual: one that is actually helpful.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, well read, with just one remark

    • By Marie-Claude on 08-17-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Consolations of Philosophy

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 453
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    Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: He has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world's most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cheering, empathic, helpful

    • By Austin on 11-11-09

    Regular price: $19.56

    • The Art of Travel

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
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      4 out of 5 stars 83
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    Aside from love, few actvities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs, and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel, few people seem to talk about why we should go and how we can become more fulfilled by doing so.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to read

    • By quiltbrain on 12-10-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Course of Love

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact it is only the beginning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Honest and insightful

    • By Ninell on 04-27-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Status Anxiety

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 253
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      4 out of 5 stars 149
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      4 out of 5 stars 147

    This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Best-selling author Alain de Botton asks, with lucidity and charm, where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A book about one of society's worst diseases

    • By Jesse on 02-02-10

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Religion for Atheists

    • A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 203
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      4 out of 5 stars 172
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    The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved on by Alain de Botton's inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false - and yet that religions still have important things to teach the secular world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A valuable resource for believers

    • By John W. B. on 10-05-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Architecture of Happiness

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 170
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      4 out of 5 stars 125
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    One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of chairs, walls, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet, a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVED it!

    • By JJ HUNSECKER on 12-23-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Essays in Love

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
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      4 out of 5 stars 146

    Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Every relationship you've ever analyzed

    • By Maria L. Lantin on 05-07-12

    Regular price: $17.05

    • How to Think More About Sex

    • The School of Life
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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    We don't think too much about sex; we're merely thinking about it in the wrong way.

    So asserts Alain de Botton in this rigorous and supremely honest book designed to help us navigate the intimate and exciting - yet often confusing and difficult - experience that is sex. Few of us tend to feel we're entirely normal when it comes to sex, and what we’re supposed to be feeling rarely matches up with the reality. This audiobook argues that 21st-century sex is ultimately fated to be a balancing act between love and desire, and adventure and commitment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Realistic Relationship Expectations

    • By Hayden Smiley on 07-10-17

    Regular price: $14.17

    • The News

    • A User's Manual
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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    The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The News and a Treatise on Life

    • By L. Hartness on 05-01-14

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

    • By: Alain De Botton
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 55
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us. Characteristically lucid, clever, and inventive, de Botton's "song for occupations" is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life that is all too often ignored and a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The private work life of a biscuit brand manager

    • By John Lewis Needham on 08-23-09

    Regular price: $19.99

    • How to Think More About Sex

    • The School of Life
    • By: Alain De Botton
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    View your sex life in a different light and learn how it can make you happier. Sex is the most intimately human experience there is. It is can also be the most confusing. Our desire to be together conflicts with our desire to avoid vulnerability and appear ‘normal’, leaving us detached, desensitised or embarrassed. Covering topics including adultery, lust, pornography and impotence, Alain de Botton argues that 21st century sex will always be a balancing act of trust versus risk, and of primal desire versus studied civility.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • depressing

    • By Anonymous User on 07-21-18

    Regular price: $7.45

    • Status Anxiety

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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    We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety. For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to his universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art, and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Consolations of Philosophy

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In ancient Greece or Rome, philosophers were seen as natural authorities on the most pressing questions. However, since then, the idea of finding wisdom from philosophy has come to seem bizarre. Enter a university department today and ask to study wisdom, and you will politely but firmly be shown the door. The Consolations of Philosophy sets out to refute the notion that good philosophy must be irrelevant and gathers together six great philosophers who were convinced of the power of philosophical insight to work a practical effect on our lives.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Trost der Philosophie

    • Eine Gebrauchsanweisung
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Jürgen Tarrach, August Zirner, Hansa Czypionka, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
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    Geldmangel? Liebeskummer? Frustriert? Ihnen kann geholfen werden. An sechs typischen Krisen aus dem täglichen Leben führt Alain de Botton geistreich und amüsant vor, wie jedermann Trost, Rat und Ansporn in der Philosophie findet. In essayistischen Porträts geht er auf eine Reise durch 2400 Jahre abendländische Philosophiegeschichte und zeigt anhand der Leben und Werke von Sokrates, Epikur, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer und Nietzsche wie ein etwas anderer - nämlich philosophischer - Blick auf die Welt das Leben erträglicher machen kann.

    Regular price: $9.20

    • Goodbye Europe

    • Writers and Artists Say Farewell
    • By: Jessie Burton, Alain de Botton, Matt Haig, and others
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Jenni Murray, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From Paris to Prague, from the past to the present, authors and artists say farewell in this unique collection. In this audiobook you'll find personal letters, reminiscences, poetry, art and brand new fiction from some of the most talented and important voices at work today, including Jessie Burton, Alain de Botton, Matt Haig, Richard Herring, Owen Jones, Mark Kermode, Robert Macfarlane, Kate Mosse, Chris Riddell, Lionel Shriver and many others.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking 16-year-old selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what it might mean for us. Equally intrigued by work's pleasures and its pains, Alain de Botton heads into the office, the factory, the fishing fleet, and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the beauty, interest, and sheer strangeness of the modern workplace. Why do we do it? What makes it pleasurable? And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet?

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The News

    • A User's Manual
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories - including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal - and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Even when late ...

    • By Tennislehrer 2000 on 08-29-18

    Regular price: $24.47

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