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Summary

The Zen Habits Handbook for Life is a compilation of Leo Babauta's best articles on living from a Zen Habits perspective. What will this book teach you to do? Basically the same things that Zen Habits aims for overall: how to simplify your life, how to live a happier life, how to be more productive with less stress, how to achieve your dreams. The book includes chapters on decluttering, single-tasking, eliminating nonessentials, planning your day, clearing your inbox, getting motivated, cultivating compassion, boosting self-confidence, living consciously, and much more! Think of it as a little handbook for a better life.

©2012 Leo Babauta (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Awesome

I love this book I've listened to it a lot but really think if you listen to just one habit and get it to a really good standard then this book becomes really priceless and you start seeing the world in a completely different way. I think everyone could learn something from this book! I've listened to all sorts on and around the subject and still learnt a lot!

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A great tool for self improvement

It's quite good to listen and is broken down into parts making it easy to digest, as this book require some pauses in order to reflect and assimilate with our own lives in order to figure out how to apply to our routine.

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Great collection of tips

Thank you Leo, there were quite a few useful tips in the book. In fact, the book contains so much information, that it is useful to listen to a few times, to let it sink in and return to specific parts often for a refresher.

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Very good

Very useful tips to simplify and make your life better. I highly recommend it.

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So good……..

How to do easy to explainable and to help you adapt your life using the zen method. Thank you.

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  • Jay
  • 09-06-12

Good but repetitive

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is kind of a "best of" compilation, supposedly. While it is hard to beat Fred Stella's most excellent voice, it is kind of repetitive and doesn't really go anywhere.

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I'm not sure who the target audience is for Babauta, but my guess this is for executive types wearing suits and ties. Many of the suggestions in the book, I already do, so it wasn't a huge help. There were a couple of things to make you think, but after hearing how to organize an email inbox for the 3rd or 4th time, I gave up on the book.

My attraction to the book was the name (and the fair price). As other's have pointed out, Babauta's works have little to do with Zen. It is more of how to simplify, organize and manage time better.

I'm going to throw out a better book, which like Babauta and Zen, has really nothing to do with Buddhism: Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. It is also read by Fred Stella, and offers a lot more practical insights than how to organize an email inbox.





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  • Alan
  • 07-06-13

Good Motivational Content... Read by a Robot

Where does Zen Habits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Zen Habits had a load of tips and motivation to help improve one's mindset. From cleaning to increasing the Warm Fuzzy quotient of the world, there is enough here to pull you out of your doldrums. Though there seems to be alot of information that is continously repeated, in slightly different contexts, The framing of a published and repackaged series of blog posts adjusts our orientation so this all makes sence.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration, though calm and soothing, orften seemed stilted. The narrator was far from conversational, often sounding like he was sight reading the matterial for the first time. Though the writing style of the author, often uses excessive 'and''s and 'or''s, the stilted nature of its delivery, made me wonder if the narrator was a cylon.

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  • Anthony Dixon Jr
  • 06-03-19

No Emotion

I adore the content of the audiobook.
I’ve followed the blog for years.
I really wish though the Leo would’ve picked a different narrator. I appreciate the attempt of Fred Stella, but with his performance sounds like a robot.

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  • Ray
  • 23-02-18

Very helpful advice, design of book flawed

This book offers very practical, helpful, insightful and accessible advice. A wonderful combination and a difficult one to achieve.
Unfortunately, the design of a collection of essays fails when someone consumes them all at once. There is far too much redundancy and the repetition is beyond reinforcing, It becomes frustrating.
It would be interesting to have a version of this book done where there is an effort to condense the advice, build on the words originally composed and include examples. Further, it might be interesting to do a new version of the book as a project where folks are followed as They implement the advice and there are stories of their efforts included.

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  • ILprep74
  • 14-08-18

Narrator sounds like a robot

The book was interesting. The author added some humor which was completely lost due to the narration. Not recommended. A little boring. Maybe I will buy the actual book.

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  • Zac Parker
  • 30-10-21

Written by an editor?

Here's how I had intended to start this review:

"This poorly edited book is actually full of pretty decent advice, but the narrator is so mechanical that the author's obvious lack of proficiency with the English language became the focus, for me. I'm only about 30 minutes into the book, and it's readily apparent that there was no proper review of the written material. It sounds like the author sat down and dictated most of this to a recorder, and then that recording was transcribed word for word. I keep waiting for the next silly or awkward comment."

I began writing this review because after about 30 minutes of listening, I thought, "there's no way this author speaks English as a first language (which is fine, my wife is not a native English speaker, and I was prepared to cut the author some slack on the grammar on that account), and they probably didn't have an editor look over it after they wrote it." I then skipped back to the beginning to capture the time codes for a few things that made me laugh because they sounded awkward (like alluding to masturbation as a way of relaxing, yet which could disturb the act of "doing nothing", the use of "or anything" at the end of a sentence, and the use of the words "crotchal region").

Then, just as I was skipping through the first couple of chapters to find these nuggets, I happened to catch the following sentence at the beginning of chapter 4:

"I am a former newspaper editor, and one of the things I learned was..."

Apparently, it wasn't how to edit the written word. Good grief.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-21

Inspiring!

Positive perspective on life. Lots of good ideas on how to get out a rutt, and take control of your own life.

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  • Erick Avila
  • 14-10-21

Good book for just listening to tips

It was alright, could have offered more, but aparently it's just a book that throws habits which is fine if that's what you're looking for. Don't regret giving this a try since I did save some good bookmarks.

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  • Leonard Branch
  • 24-09-21

Ergonomics!

I'm a Black/African American, from the projects. I come from a military family; I'm a generation x infant. I enjoy remaining a civilian. I'm critically orderly. I'm asexual, residing in a one family, two story, rooming house, my bedroom is where, my minimalism is. Common areas need decluttering. There are two bathrooms, the one that I share with one of my housemates, needs Pher Ahnk, and a new shower curtain 😄.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-21

every tip you've alredy heard in condescendin tone

limited thinking. nothing new. xenophobic

every tip you've alredy heard in condescendin tone

for real