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  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The exact book I didn't know I needed

  • By Kieran on 03-06-2017
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

The exact book I didn't know I needed

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Reviewed: 03-06-2017

I'd been on and off with meditation for a few years - knowing that it greatly benefited me but at the same time struggling to engrain it into my regular routine. This book absolutely changed that however, as Harris's skeptical, secular approach to explaining meditation was a refreshing and welcomed change to the usual airy fairy explanations I'd come across before.

I was slightly bogged down at first by the biographical nature of the beginning of the book, which I didn't expect when I bought it, but in hindsight I think it was very important and necessary so Harris could establish himself as a real person to me, making the message he ultimately conveyed carry much more weight.

I powered through this book a few months ago, and upon completion, I was happily meditating every single day, which I still am doing now. I would strongly recommend to try out the 10% Happier subscription guided meditation service as well, which I'm now also subscribed to, as it has been a great help to guide me through daily meditations.

If you have any interest in meditation, I would highly recommend this book. Whether you have no idea at all about it, or you were like me and you'd delved into it before but had struggled to maintain a routine, this is for you.

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  • Lying

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but not great

  • By mathew broster on 25-11-2018

Short listen with a long effect

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Reviewed: 20-07-2016

Would definitely recommend this book to anyone! Brings some incredibly important concepts to light that I believe any intelligent person should take on to aid in governing their day-to-day operation. The longer you wait before listening to what Sam Harris has to say (with a very soothing and easy to listen voice), the further away you get from a truly more fulfilling existence.