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The School of Life

By: Alain De Botton,The School of Life (PRH Rights)
Narrated by: Alain de Botton,Charlie Anson
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*Introduction narrated by Alain de Botton*

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

The essential guide to how to live wisely and well in the twenty-first century - from Alain de Botton, the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love

This is an audiobook about everything you were never taught at school. It's about how to understand your emotions, find and sustain love, succeed in your career, fail well and overcome shame and guilt. It's also about letting go of the myth of a perfect life in order to achieve genuine emotional maturity. Written in a hugely accessible, warm and humane style, The School of Life is the ultimate guide to the emotionally fulfilled lives we all long for - and deserve.

This audiobook brings together ten years of essential and transformative research on emotional intelligence, with practical topics including:

- how to understand yourself
- how to master the dilemmas of relationships
- how to become more effective at work
- how to endure failure
- how to grow more serene and resilient 

©2019 Alain de Botton (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"What he has managed to do is remarkable: to help us think better so that we may live better lives." (Irish Times

"A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live." (Jeanette Winterson, The Times)

"Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence." (Observer

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not read by the author

not read by the author. not read by the author.not read by the author. not read by the author

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Shockingly dreary, shallow

This is a terribly repetitious, boring, vapid book. The worst release yet from The School of Life. It has as much wisdom as a 5 minute School of Life YouTube video, but repeats itself on loop.

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Middle Class English Advice for Life

Has some good advice for " life." But the style of presentation is so very middle class English, and seems to be directed at the Worried Well which became dull in places. There are also some quite strong pronouncements made throughout the book, but with no sources offered to substantiate them. Are they evidence - based, or written just from the author's perspective? But the book contains lots of great food for thought and is well worth the read/listen.

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The narrator was different from the sample

Alain de Botton was the used as narrator for the sample and at the start of the book, but soon after the intro, the narrator was changed. The book content is fantastic but I found the narrator too hard to listen to.

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Thought provoking and a call to action

I really enjoyed the journey that this book took me on. Regardless if you agree with everything it is an excellent thought experiment and challenges some of our preconceptions

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There's much better out there

I persevered but it was an arduous journey. I found it depressing and stating the obvious. Maybe those that are depressed would find it beneficial.

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Not what I expected

Have liked some of ADB’s earlier stuff but did not enjoy this one. Language a bit flowery at times, and some chapters straight up cringe-worthy. Not many takeaways from this as hoped.

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highly recommended

insightful book beautifully written and narrated. highly relevant for anyone trying to understand human emotion and come to terms with modern life

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The best book I have listened to in a long time

Alain has so many interesting points of view about so many things. So many new ways of looking at things and with lots of information he has found which has made him come to see life that way. It is a really good book!

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Highly recommend

Everyone should read/listen to this book to gain perspective and understanding of the lives we lead

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