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In Praise of Slow

How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed
Narrated by: Carl Honoré
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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Across the Western world, more and more people are slowing down. Slower is better: better work, better productivity, better exercise, better sex, better food. Don't hurry, be happy.

Almost everyone complains about the hectic pace of their lives. These days our culture teaches that faster is better. But in the race to keep up, everything suffers - our work, diet and health; our relationships and sex lives.

Carl Honoré uncovers a movement that challenges the cult of speed. In this entertaining and hands-on investigation, he takes us on a tour of the emerging slow movement: from a Tantric sex workshop in London to a meditation room for Tokyo executives, from a SuperSlow exercise studio in New York to Italy, home of the Slow Food, Slow Cities and Slow Sex movements.

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©2004 Carl Honoré (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Read at a gallop

For a book on slow it was read at a gallop. This so put me off I may have prejudiced my reception of the story. Found it all a bit trite and wasn’t convinced by the validity of the stories and anecdotes. I think if you want to enjoy slow living make a cup of tea and drink it whilst it’s hot.

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Great lesson for us all

Great ideas for slowing down in life, and the benefits of doing so. Well worth the read.

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great overview of the SLOW movement evolving

A great intro to the topic. Whilst it describes many aspects and offshoots of the SLOW movement I found that it is a little dated having been written in 2004. I'm sure the movement has evolved substantially in the past 18 years. it would interesting to hear what people are doing now. Nonetheless a quick, easy listen overview. Thanks for sharing your journey Carl!

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  • Diana
  • 24-08-2020

Fascinante

De pronto me ve en cada situacion narrada, la urgencia, la inmediatez. Me gustó mucho.

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  • Georgi
  • 26-02-2019

good book

This is a good book with nice modern advise for slowing down our fast lives.

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  • Matthew Broderick
  • 21-03-2020

Great ideas but quite repetitive

Some great ideas shared in this book about the urgent need to slow down and the beautiful habits that can come out of a slower life. Unfortunately the author is quite repetitive to the point that it becomes a little frustrating to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2019

This book is a godsend

Really, really loved this book. Kept listening to more and more of it when I should have been going to sleep! The author makes a very persuasive case against what he calls the "cult of speed" and in favour of slowing down in every aspect of life. Loved the deep research, the insights and all the stories and examples from around the world. Very inspiring! I also found the book very funny at several points. I’m new to audiobooks so don’t have a lot to compare to but I really liked the author's voice and reading style. The best part is that listening to this book has actually helped me to make some really big changes in my life. I'm grateful to the author and will definitely look out for future books of his to listen to.

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  • Laura Crean
  • 03-07-2017

interesting and useful but flat performance

a fascinating exploration into why taking our time can be a benefit to our wellbeing, communities, and the economy. will take lessons from it! can be repetitive which is exacerbated by a dry narration. Worth listening too but I'd recommend listening in batches rather than in one sitting.