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Time and How to Spend It

The 7 Rules for Richer, Happier Days
Narrated by: James Wallman
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Time and How to Spend It: The 7 Rules for Richer, Happier Days, written and read by James Wallman.

If the most precious thing we have is time, the most highly prized expertise should be knowing how to spend it well. Yet, busier than ever, do we really understand which experiences bring us joy and success and which don’t?

After all, we’ve learned how to spot the difference between junk foods and superfoods. When you discover the equivalent rules for time, it’ll change how you live your life.

In his first book since the era-defining Stuffocation, cultural commentator and best-selling author James Wallman investigates the persistent problem of wasted, unfulfilling time and finds a powerful answer - a revolutionary approach to life based on the latest scientific discoveries. At its heart is the inspiring revelation that, when you play by the new rules, you can actively choose better experiences.

Bursting with original stories, fresh takes on tales you thought you knew and insights from psychology, economics and culture, Time and How to Spend It reveals a seven-point checklist that’ll help you avoid empty experiences and fill your free hours with exciting and enriching ones instead.

This life-enhancing book will show you how to be the hero or heroine of your own story. You’ll learn how to avoid WMDs (weapons of mass distraction) and discover the roads that lead to flow. You’ll get more out of every minute and every day; your weekends will fizz, and your holidays will be deeply nourishing. You’ll not only be living the good life but building a truly great life.

©2019 James Wallman (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Utter Nonsense. “Wish It. Want It. Do It.”

I’ve never reviewed an audio book before I’ve finished it. But for this one I feel compelled to act as soon as possible in order to give others an opportunity to avoid wasting either money, credit...or time...on this total crap.

This book starts, and continues interminably with an endless, aimless, meaningless stream of filler, low-brow, random drivel of unrelated anecdotes, unrelated historical events, asking unrelated rhetorical questions and espousing self-conscious, irrelevant flowery descriptions of ‘human experiences’. Colours, sounds and shapes.

As you read or listen to this, you have the growing feeling that you’re listening to a 13-year-old reading paragraphs randomly chosen from the Encyclopaedia, or an insecure undergraduate student recounting everything they can think of to try to show they’re clever but ending up sounding confused and vulnerable.

It’s made worse by vague claims to ‘scientific proof’, name dropping academics from serious academic institutions. It’s further worsened by repeated, deeply cringeworthy ‘right-on’, ‘down with the kids’ references: like randomly mentioning dance music tracks or going on Twitter or that the author’s point is like The Matrix movie (yep...).

Every now and the author starts randomly listing things. ‘Here’s 5 ways to be a hero...’. This occurs a lot and the lists are useless and instantly forgettable, despite often being very painfully repeated over and over again.

The book is utter, utter nonsense. It distils down to something like ‘good experiences lead to happiness, happiness leads to success’. It’s the equivalent of the first chapter of Brian the dog’s book in Family Guy: ‘Wish It. Want It. Do It.’ The pages could be blank, to be filled out by the reader with whatever they want.

There is not even a hint of irony in the narrative of this book that the reading of it is an absolutely monumental waste of the reader’s time.

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An interesting concept ruined by needless waffling

I'm 2 hours in and the author had said nothing of substance relating to what the book is supposedly about (using your time in a more satisfying way).

He's currently waffling on about how humans have evolved to tell stories and oddly drawn from some (unlisted) studies stats that suggest people who tell depressing stories are more sad, and those who tell happy stories are happier. From here he makes a leap to 'therefore, if you tell happier stories you will live a happier life'.

Hold on - isn't it more likely if you're already happy you'll tell happier stories? And if you're already depressed your stories will reflect that?The author has made similar leaps elsewhere.

The book started off promising and there may yet be useful information in here, but you would think 2 hours into a 10 hour book would have had something useful by now. Far too much padding. No idea why the stories of Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz have been mentioned. Get to the point!

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Great book - just the start of time spent well

I bought this book after enjoying Wallman’s first book, Stuffocation. If you’re looking for an enjoyable way to spend your time this is a great start... which won’t end when you put the book down.

This book is a timely guide for the modern age of how to avoid empty fast food type experiences, eg endless scrolling on social media and slumping in front of box sets, which are ultimately detrimental to your long term quality of life. Instead, it offers a guide to live your life in a way that will improve your experiences, relationships and ultimately the happiness of you and the people in your life.

I listened to the audiobook, with Wallman’s cool East London accent, it would be easy to dismiss him as the Shaman of Shoreditch, but that would be a mistake. Wallman has aggregated the scientific findings of the brightest psychologists, anthropologists and economists from the world’s best universities and distilled it into an entertaining and consumable format.

I then bought the physical book because there is gold in these pages that I wanted to study.

Wallman is fast becoming best in class at outlining the pitfalls of modern society and setting a framework for a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

If you want to improve your quality of life and relationships, for around the price of your Netflix subscription, I’d advise you invest in this book... then tell your friends about it!

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  • Mel
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  • 21-05-19

Fascinating and life changing.

So many interesting ideas. Especially that we should have XQ (experience quotient) as well.as IQ and EQ - because we all need to be better at having experiences - it's not something we're taught. Really enjoyed this thought-provoking book.

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A Guide To Happiness

Following on from James's earlier work, the excellent 'Stuffocation', Time & How to Spend It goes far further than the title suggests. Beautifully written, this work weaves stories with theory & scientific findings to show the best experiences for a happy, fulfilled life. Entertaining, thought provoking and life changing in equal measure. Read this book, take on board the principals & changes suggested and live a life worth living. A++

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