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Self Help was published in 1859 by Samuel Smiles. It has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism". Self Help sold 20,000 copies within one year of its publication. By the time of Smiles' death in 1904, it had sold over a quarter of a million. Self-Help elevated Smiles to celebrity status; almost overnight, he became a leading pundit and much-consulted guru.

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Brilliant book, terrible narration!

An almost unbelievably brilliant book that seems to have been forgotten despite the fact that it remains as relevant today as it ever was.

The writing is excellent, inspirational, incredibly well researched and empowering. No wonder Samuel Smiles was a celebrity in his era.

Now, about the narration.

Whilst it is a good thing that this book is available on Audible, why the hell was a book written by a Scottish gentleman narrated by an American????!!!!

Not only does the American reading style (ignoring commas and semi colons) damage the flow and grace of the writing, but the fact that the narrator cannot pronounce most of the English town and village names (and that nobody corrected him) makes listening to this quite cringe-inducing.

Reading House of Leaves with a British voice does not work. Reading Victorian British prose in an American accent similarly does not work.

Anyway, love the book, everyone should read / listen to it. Ignore the title - no self-hugging, mediocrity-aspiring nonsense here!