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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 - 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
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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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    Libby Davis Bristol, England 18/02/2018
    Libby Davis Bristol, England 18/02/2018 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!!"

    Don't hesitate to purchase this book. It's insightful, witty and very helpful. Loved it! I cannot fault it apart from my mishearing Ruby referring to Plato as Playdoh and wondering why she kept referencing Playdoh as some great intelligence of philosophy 😂

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    Enrique Bonifacino 17/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    "How to Be Human" is even better than Ruby's previous book which was very enjoyable. The author has a very unique way to communicate her ideas.: simple, clear and funny. Here she has the collaboration of a doctor and a monk, both of them adding interest and knowledge to the book. The last chapter about discovering her family tree is highly emotional and summarises all the content of the book.

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    Jo 17/02/2018
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    "Speechless! "

    At the penultimate statements/paragraphs of this book I felt an overwhelming pride for Ruby Wax, for what she’s discovered about herself, what she’s achieved for herself and what she has shared with the world through writing this book. It’s jaw dropping awesome and so informative, the Buddhist monk, the neuroscientist, amazing! All of it amazing! Thank you so much.

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    Nicola Hogan 16/02/2018
    Nicola Hogan 16/02/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "loved listening to this book."

    I loved listening to Ruby, she's so witty and clever. I especially loved the commentary from the Buddhist Monk and the neurosurgeon. They each gave simple explanations to the complex mechanics of our brains our emotions and how they, together, create our mindset and ultimatley our quality of life.

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