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How to Be Human: The Manual Audiobook

How to Be Human: The Manual

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to be Human: The Manual written and read by Ruby Wax with Ash Ranpura and Gelong Thubten.

It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the evolutionary Hunger Games by the fact you're on all twos and not some fossil. This should make us all the happiest species alive, yet most of us aren't. What's gone wrong? We've started treating ourselves more like machines and less like humans. We're so used to upgrading things like our iPhones: as soon as the new one comes out, we don't think twice, we dump it. (Many people I know are now on iWife4 or iHusband8, the motto being, if it's new, it's better.)

We can't stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs we're on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, we'll still, fingers crossed, have our minds, which, hopefully, we'll be able to use for things like compassion rather than chasing what's 'better', and if we can do that we're on the yellow brick road to happiness.

I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works and also gives some mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains what makes us 'us' in the brain. We answer every question you've ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, kids, the future and compassion. How to be Human is extremely funny, true and the only manual you'll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iPhone.

©2017 Ruby Wax (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Trish 30/01/2018
    Trish 30/01/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "Psychology book with a difference"

    I listen to lot of Psychology books, but this so different from all the rest.. Ruby and her team have a nice way about telling this story .
    Plus having Ruby tell the story made it more true to life with her Monk Friend and Neuro Friend ..
    Only down fall their not a PDF to print of for the Mindfulness exercise in Chapter 11

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rianna 02/02/2018
    Rianna 02/02/2018 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant "

    I really enjoyed this book. The conversations between Ruby, the monk & the neuroscientist were a brilliant addition. Very fascinating & highly recommend!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Kennedy 02/02/2018
    Gwen Kennedy 02/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "love this refreshing book ,a school with wit👏"

    Loved it many deep belly, laugh out loud moments.
    Accessible Humerous , Scientific and Wise minds within these pages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lucinda davies 30/01/2018
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    "it's definitely ruby's show"

    it's definitely ruby's show loved it feel very human. Def recommend it to any one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 29/01/2018
    Andrew 29/01/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "Brilliant a must read/listen Mindfulness Magically captured "

    Insightful, Delightful & Ruby Wax on form delivering nuggets of knowledge - loved listening to Ash & Thubten give their insights - a must have listen for any human 👍🙏❤️

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    A 30/01/2018
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    "great book - twins hard science with mindfulness"
    Where does How to Be Human: The Manual rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found this the best of Ruby Wax's books so far, it was interesting and easy to listen to and brought everything together with the examples from the monk and the neuroscientist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Human: The Manual?

    I liked the explanations by the monk and the neuroscientist as if you have a scientific mind it explained where different emotions and impulses reside in your physical brain and how they can make you ill, but also it showed the monk could explain the same events in a mindfulness way so brought the two disciplines together rather than them seeming to be on different planets. This is good as most books are either about science or mindfulness and this gels together both.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    You get a much better feel when you can hear the narrators voices than if you read the book because they are the authors, if it was someone else narrating it would not have this effect but books where the author/authors narrate are always cool.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but then I'd get frazzled so I did 3 sittings as its lots of information but still easy on the ear/brain


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed lots a few times and this is what sets it apart from other books on mindfulness and makes it much easier to think about what can be uncomfortable feelings

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 23/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Fabulous book, everything is quotable. "

    Authors teach mindfulness in a refreshing way, trough hilarious comedy and hard science. I truly recommend this book to anyone struggling with depression and anxiety (like myself) or anyone seeking to understand us humans better.

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    Amazon Customer 23/02/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "Ruby strikes again"

    I love Ruby Wax. This is insightful, funny, sometimes devastating and brilliant! Carry on Ruby!

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    Claire White SouthWest, UK 22/02/2018
    Claire White SouthWest, UK 22/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging and honest - highly recommend"

    I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I have bought copies to give away to family and friends.

    I enjoyed the balance between giving me an understanding of what is going on in my brain and body and the actionable take-aways I can apply to be more mindful and a little kinder (to myself and others).

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    Robert Uxbridge, United Kingdom 21/02/2018
    Robert Uxbridge, United Kingdom 21/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Not very interesting "

    Ruby Wax is a good enough reader. She has a friendly style. However I felt that there was a lack of useful content to this audio book. For example there was an early section about how humans evolved. And that was it. Twenty minutes about human evolution.

    Skipping forward there were other Wikipedia like sections in each chapter. I never got to any meat that felt useful or interesting.

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