Hector's Journeys

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 130 ratings

Hector and the Search for Happiness Publisher's Summary

“Once upon a time, there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied with himself....”

Hector is very good at treating patients in need of his help. But he can’t do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, and that is beginning to depress him. When a patient tells him he looks in need of a vacation, Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy—and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, he lists his observations about the people he meets. Is there a secret to happiness, and will Hector find it?

Combining the winsome appeal of The Little Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hector’s journey ventures around the globe and into the human soul. Lelord’s writing inspires us to consider life’s great questions. Uplifting, empowering, and optimistic, this is a fable for our times and all time.

©2002 Hector and the Search for Happiness © 2002 Éditions Odile Jacob. English translation © 2010 Gallic Books. All rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (P)2010 (p) 2010 HighBridge Company
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  • Book 1

    • Hector and the Search for Happiness

    • By: François Lelord
    • Narrated by: James Clamp
    • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    Hector is very good at treating patients in need of his help. But he can’t do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, and that is beginning to depress him. When a patient tells him he looks in need of a vacation, Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy—and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, he lists his observations about the people he meets. Is there a secret to happiness, and will Hector find it? Hector’s journey ventures around the globe and into the human soul.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful, uplifting, full of wisdom ;-)

    • By Birta Flokadottir on 05-04-15

    Regular price: $18.86

  • Book 2

    • Hector and the Secrets of Love

    • By: François Lelord
    • Narrated by: James Clamp
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies has employed Hector to track down their brilliant scientist, Professor Cormorant, who has disappeared abroad with the secret of a modern-day love potion. Leaving behind his troubled relationship with girlfriend Clara, Hector's adventure takes him to the Far East and into the arms of beautiful Vayla, forcing our hero to think deeply about what love really is/means.

    Regular price: $19.49

  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • Hector and the Search for Lost Time

    • A Novel
    • By: François Lelord
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    First he tackled happiness. Then he took on love. And now Hector, our endearing young French psychiatrist, confronts the persistent march of time. His patients lament that there is not enough time in the day. Or they feel that life is passing them by. And in one case, a young boy turns the problem on its head: He's impatient to grow up! Hector himself is increasingly aware of time: He doesn't feel quite so young anymore, and the clock is ticking on his relationship with his beloved Clara.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Self help book in disguise

    • By Alexis on 04-09-15

    Regular price: $24.50