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Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One

Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This enchanting, feel-good novel was a runaway number one best seller in France, parking itself in the top 10 for 56 weeks. 

'You're probably suffering from a type of acute routinitis.'

'A what?'

'Acute routinitis. Finding it hard to feel happy despite an abundance of material wealth, a feeling of disillusionment and lethargy, amongst other things.'

'But...How do you know all that?'

'I'm a routinologist.'

'A routino-what?'

At 38 and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy and fulfilment. 

When Claude, a Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. 

Camille's journey is full of surprising escapades and richly meaningful lessons, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time....

©2018 Raphaelle Giordano (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, l felt it was such a creative way to bring about change in someone, with lot's of research that had been gone into, and a very positive upbeat way to work through change. The character's were very believable and kept me wanting to listen more, as l listened to it on audible. l am also going to purchase a copy of the book. There are so many great ideas in this book and l plan to use many of them. l can well understand why it was so popular in France. The work force today has become so fast and competitive that people often don't even get a break for coffee or lunch, leaving them frustrated and wondering what is life all about, just same old same old each day. The suggestions in this book encourage people to take a fresh look at what is important to them and to bring the changes that will make them happier and freer to live the life they want.

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Teen fiction

The story sounds like it was written by a high school student who’s in love with her teacher.

The story and characters are set in France but details are poorly researched, for example, the French use the metric system of measurement but the characters talk in pounds rather than kilograms.

Self improvement cliches are highlighted throughout the book. It’s hard to know what this book is trying to be.

I couldn’t finish it.

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Delightful!

Totally loved this book from start to finish - charming and so uplifting. A must read for everyone!

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greatest life

it was a great listen in parts to utilise as a tool loved it recomended

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  • Donna
  • Balhannah, Australia
  • 07-08-2019

Disappointing

Too predictable and cliche for my liking. The performance was too contrived and would have been better spoken either by a native speaker or in plain English.

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  • KatyH
  • Victoria
  • 30-05-2019

Enjoyable way of learning some life lessons

I like the way the author uses a story to teach. Not many of the lessons are new concepts but put together and presented this way is helpful and enjoyable. I initially found it a bit stilted, unsure if it was the translation or the narrator. A couple of chapters in I got used to it, and it didn’t bother me as much.

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Light hearted with a positive message

Not quite what I was expecting but enjoyed listening. Good if you feel like you're in a rutt, I could relate to Camille getting caught up in the hussle and bustle of life and forgetting your passions.

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great book really enjoyed it inspiring

very enjoyable unusual and the way that it's written for for this type of book

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inspirational

lovely lessons for life in the form of a great story
so easy and pleasurable to listen to
loved it

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worth a listen

the book was good, the French accent while speaking was a little annoying however overall worth a listen.