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Happy

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Publisher's Summary

Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it?

Across the millennia philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life.

Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help's suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety.

This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining audiobook exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking and poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that everything's fine even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.

©2016 Derren Brown (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Fifilefluff 12/11/2016
    Fifilefluff 12/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Look at the reviews before you buy this!"
    What disappointed you about Happy?

    The narrator is truly awful! I am so annoyed with myself that I didn't look at the reviews prior to the download.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Derren Brown again?

    Not if Jot Davies reads it!


    How could the performance have been better?

    To stop reading each sentence as if it were the only one on the page - someone else has mentioned the upwards inflection of each sentence - deeply, deeply irritating - sapping each sentence of life and meaning,


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It may have done but I couldn't get passed the narrator.


    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    miriam 12/11/2016
    miriam 12/11/2016
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    "Narration is awful and distracting"

    It even says in the blurb for the audio book that it's narrated by Derren Brown and Jot Davis. In fact it's entirely Jot Davis and he's not doing a good job, the way he reads the book is truly distracting from the contents which is a massive shame. I'll be reading this on kindle instead. Giving up half way through. Luckily audible refund without a quibble.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    tony 10/11/2016
    tony 10/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "terrible narrator"
    What disappointed you about Happy?

    not read by derren brown and what is it with the gasp of breath. I could not get past the first chapter. What a shame I was so looking forward to this book. Surely Audible listen to these people before sending this rubbish out


    What was most disappointing about Derren Brown’s story?

    never got to read it


    How could the performance have been better?

    stop gasping, the bit I read was gasp after after sharp intakes of breath


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Happy?

    change narrator


    Any additional comments?

    These should be vetted by audible

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    JackJack 10/11/2016
    JackJack 10/11/2016
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    "A disastrous narrator. I'll be asking for a refund"

    I pre-ordered this book because I enjoyed Derren Brown's previous book, "Confessions of a Conjuror". That previous work had a few flaws with regards to the text itself, but the perfomance (by the author) was superb. It quickly became one of my favourite audiobooks of all time.

    This is quite the reverse. The material seems very interesting indeed (if quite similar to "The Antidote" by Oliver Burkemann), but I was unable to finish even the first chapter due to the lifeless droning narrator. Seriously, a text-to-speech program could have done a better job.

    I have been an Audible user for a few years now, and have over 100 books in my library. This is the first time I have ever asked for a refund.

    A message to the publisher: withdraw this book, and get the author to narrate it himself. I don't care how long it takes, or how much it costs. We can wait.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 15/11/2016
    Jon 15/11/2016
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    "Impossible to follow due to the narration"

    Like several others, I'm really disappointed by the narration of this book. Not being narrated by the author wasn't a deal breaker but this guy's inflections and sing-song tones are so annoying it makes the book impossible to follow.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Harry 10/11/2016
    Harry 10/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Impossible"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The hard of hearing


    What could Derren Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Read it himself (or got anyone else to read it other than Jot Davies)


    What didn’t you like about Derren Brown and Jot Davies ’s performance?

    The upwards inflection of every sentence, the short gasps of breath. I disliked everything about the narration of this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Happy?

    Any and all read by Jot Davies


    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to this book after hearing Derren on Radio 4, I preordered it back in October. After the first sentence I laughed at the narration, it reminded me of Dale Winton on Supermarket Sweep, after 1 minute I was irritated, after another 5 furious. I would rather have the deluxe package at Guantanamo than listen 18 hours of this. impossible. Returned.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 11/11/2016
    Helen 11/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad narration"

    I don't think I'll be able to get to the end of this book. The narrator's overly sing-song style makes it really hard to follow what's going on. He somehow removes all the meaning from the words so I lose concentration really fast and am not getting anything out of it.
    I'll probably try again if someone else rerecords it though.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel 13/11/2016
    Hazel 13/11/2016
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    "RUINED BY DREADFUL NARRATION!!"
    What disappointed you about Happy?

    I pre ordered this audiobook. It didn't say who the narrator was. I had hoped it would be Derren Brown, but was still looking forward to listening even if it wasn't.

    Imagine my dismay when I discovered that this is yet another good book that has been ruined by Jot Davies!
    It's just unlistenable. Every sentence is delivered with exactly the same irritating cadence which gets more infuriating every time you hear it until, after about 2 minutes, you have to turn it off to stop yourself from punching something. Such an effort is being made to try to add inflection to each individual word that the overall modulation is jarringly unnatural and bears no relation to the message of the sentence, making it impossible to follow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I haven't been able to get past the first 5 minutes. I'll be returning it and buying the paperback book instead.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jot Davies?

    Derren Brown. Failing that LITERALLY ANYONE ELSE.


    What character would you cut from Happy?

    Jot Davies.


    Any additional comments?

    Please stop ruining good books with this narrator. Please.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Badger Cambridge, Cambs United Kingdom 10/11/2016
    Badger Cambridge, Cambs United Kingdom 10/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed the Derren didn't read his own book"

    I really don't feel Happy any more.

    I was looking forward to this being released as an audiobook, hoping - and quietly expecting - Derren Brown to be the narrator.

    I bought the book on kindle when it was released, but held back reading it until the audiobook was made available. Turns out, I should have just read the book from the off. Why - because some other bloke is reading the work. All 18 hours of it. Not that he does a terrible job - although it's just a bit too clipped and measured and soulless for my liking - but it has to be a poor substitute for having Derren B himself.

    It doesn't feel good criticising the narrator for just doing his job - but this seems like a missed opportunity. It's always a treat to hear Derren Brown talk - so to have 18 hours of it would have been heaven. It worked so perfectly on his Confessions of a Conjurer. Plus there was that freebie download with Derren Brown talking about the book with Audible as a pre-release teaser, which led me to believe that of he'd be the narrator.

    It really is beyond me why he didn't narrate. Why would you spend years writing a book, only to choose not to narrate it with that ever so famous and sellable voice.

    I'm sure I've said one thing about ten times in this review. Well ... time to take an anti-depressant and then get cracking reading the book the hard way.

    I feel as if I should put this footnote in as a bit of a disclaimer - I haven't listened to the whole 18 hours, god forbid no - but I've dipped into most of the chapters to see if Derren B shares the narration - but as far as I can tell, he doesn't. It's just Jot doing his thing. If this is the case, it's misleading to have Derren Brown listed as a first, joint narrator.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Happy"

    The narrator really is terrible. It's strange how he has no connection to the text. It's a shame because many people won't download this now due to the bad reviews. The content is very interesting, but, who signed the narration off? They want sacking. Derren really should have done this himself

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    10/11/16
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    "I wish it was read by Derren Brown..."
    If you could sum up Happy in three words, what would they be?

    Derren didn't read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Happy?

    One of the most memorable moments of Happy was that it wasn't read by Derren Brown.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jot Davies and Derren Brown ?

    Instead of Jot Davies and Derren Brown, I would have cast Derren Brown as narrator for the book in its entirety.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had an extreme reaction to this book. It was when I was disappointed that it wasn't read by Derren Brown.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have paid more money to have it read by Derren Brown.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Esmee
    12/11/16
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    "Lovely book - but read, don't listen"
    Would you listen to Happy again? Why?

    No unfortunately not. I would definitely re-read the book, but I didn't like Jot Davies's voice at all. I pre-ordered the audiobook, while it still said Derren Brown would narrate it. I listened to his other audiobooks - narrated by himself - which I immensely loved. I was therefore quite disappointed to find it was narrated by someone else, and unfortunately with a voice that wasn't easy to listen to. However, taking a more Stoic approach: nothing to do about it and fortunately I have the story in book-form. No harm done.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrative gives a very helpful approach to different aspects of life with many references to ancient Greec philosophy.


    What didn’t you like about Jot Davies’s performance?

    The tone of his voice went up every few words. This made it very annoying to listen to his voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    10/11/16
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    "No Derren"

    The book is good. It espouses the benefits of stoic philosophy. It gives good examples. It teaches you about languaging and how you can control your reaction to things. Which is why I'm not upset that Derren didn't read it *sob* no really I'll be ok. Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes them so...... If you need me I'll be in my room.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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