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    • The Course of Love

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
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    At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact it is only the beginning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sublime

    • By Mrs on 03-11-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Status Anxiety

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Alain de Botton
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 21

    We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer, to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment, from status anxiety. For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art, and politics, and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Talking about taboos

    • By Judy Corstjens on 16-07-10

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Consolations of Philosophy

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    In ancient Greece or Rome, philosophers were seen as natural authorities on the most pressing questions. However, since then, the idea of finding wisdom from philosophy has come to seem bizarre. Enter a university department today and ask to study wisdom, and you will politely but firmly be shown the door. The Consolations of Philosophy sets out to refute the notion that good philosophy must be irrelevant and gathers together six great philosophers who were convinced of the power of philosophical insight to work a practical effect on our lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hugely entertaining!!

    • By Barry on 04-03-15

    Regular price: £13.19

    • How Proust Can Change Your Life

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 113
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      4 out of 5 stars 92
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    For anyone who ever wondered what Marcel Proust had in mind when he wrote the one-and-a-quarter-million words of In Search of Lost Time (while bedridden no less), Alain de Botton has the answer. For, in this stylish, erudite and frequently hilarious book, de Botton dips deeply into Proust’s life and work - his fiction, letter, and conversations – and distils from them that rare self-help manual: one that is actually helpful.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Prose at its most elegant, beautifully performed

    • By Lord Copper on 11-01-17

    Regular price: £26.29

    • On Seeing and Noticing

    • By: Alain De Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Alain de Botton believes that philosophy can help people enjoy happier lives. And in his numerous best sellers, from Status Anxiety to The Art of Travel, his unique blend of erudition and self-help has reached an audience eager to listen. In On Seeing and Noticing, Alain de Botton takes everyday concerns such as expressing sadness or being romantic and dispenses advice and observations based on the works of some of history's greatest writers, artists and thinkers.

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Essays in Love

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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      4 out of 5 stars 77

    Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not for the lonely ...

    • By M on 29-03-13

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Religion for Atheists

    • A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 82
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      4 out of 5 stars 46
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    The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved on by Alain de Botton's inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false - and yet that religions still have important things to teach the secular world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heavenly

    • By M on 27-10-12

    Regular price: £10.49

    • The Architecture of Happiness

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets we’re surrounded by. And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. The Architecture of Happiness starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be - and argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The News

    • A User's Manual
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
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    We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories - including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal - and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Essential listening/ reading

    • By Conrad on 17-03-14

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking 16-year-old selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what it might mean for us. Equally intrigued by work's pleasures and its pains, Alain de Botton heads into the office, the factory, the fishing fleet, and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the beauty, interest, and sheer strangeness of the modern workplace. Why do we do it? What makes it pleasurable? And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book is a poem

    • By Maria on 22-01-17

    Regular price: £26.29

    • The Art of Travel

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Aside from love, few actvities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs, and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel, few people seem to talk about why we should go and how we can become more fulfilled by doing so.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book... better to read than listen though.

    • By Thomas on 21-11-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Architecture of Happiness

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Alain de Botton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    In his extraordinary new book, Alain de Botton explores the importance of buildings in our lives, pondering our attachment to our homes and considering such questions as: Why do people disagree about taste? Can beautiful surroundings make us good?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • book is about architecture and history

    • By Amazon Customer on 17-10-18

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Fresh Air, Alain de Botton and David Benioff

    • By: Terry Gross
    • Narrated by: Terry Gross
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Abridged
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    Writer Alain de Botton and novelist David Benioff on this edition of Fresh Air. Alain de Bottom is the author of several books including How Proust Can Change Your Life, and The Consolations of Philosophy. His latest book, The Art of Travel, is a reflection on travel, the anticipation versus the reality, how one often travels to escape the familiar and mundane - but can't escape oneself, and an examination of the art and literature of travel. David Benioff is the author of 25th Hour. His book, about a former drug dealer in New York City out on the town on...

    Regular price: £2.39

    • Status Anxiety

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
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      4 out of 5 stars 43
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      4 out of 5 stars 41

    We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety. For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to his universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art, and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An in depth look at the history of status

    • By MayBee on 04-07-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Romantic Movement

    • Sex, Shopping and the Novel
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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    In The Romantic Movement, Alain de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art of love. The relationship between Alice, an advertising executive, and Eric, a banker, is examined at every stage, supplemented by quizzes and commentary by a chorus of great philosophers, from Descartes to Plato to Aretha Franklin. The Romantic Movement will charm listeners and lovers alike with wit, insight, and intelligence.

    Regular price: £22.49

    • A Week at the Airport

    • A Heathrow Diary
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Alain de Botton was given unprecedented, unrestricted access to wander around Heathrow, one of the world’s biggest airports, having been appointed its Writer-in-Residence. He spoke with everyone from airline staff and senior executives to travellers passing through, and based on these conversations he produced this extraordinary account of life at an airport and what it says about modern existence.

    Regular price: £10.19

    • How to Think More About Sex

    • The School of Life
    • By: Alain De Botton
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
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      4 out of 5 stars 59
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    View your sex life in a different light and learn how it can make you happier. Sex is the most intimately human experience there is. It is can also be the most confusing. Our desire to be together conflicts with our desire to avoid vulnerability and appear ‘normal’, leaving us detached, desensitised or embarrassed. Covering topics including adultery, lust, pornography and impotence, Alain de Botton argues that 21st century sex will always be a balancing act of trust versus risk, and of primal desire versus studied civility.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Alain knows us

    • By RAUL on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Kiss and Tell

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dr. Samuel Johnson observed that everyone's life is a subject worthy of the biographer's art. Accused by a former girlfriend of being unable to empathise, the narrator of Kiss & Tell takes Johnson's idea to heart and decides to write about the next person who walks into his life. He meets Isabel Rogers, a production assistant at a small stationery company in London, apparently an ordinary woman. But as the biographer's understanding of Isabel deepens, she becomes remarkable.

    Regular price: £27.09

    • Trost der Philosophie

    • Eine Gebrauchsanweisung
    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: Jürgen Tarrach, August Zirner, Hansa Czypionka, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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    Geldmangel? Liebeskummer? Frustriert? Ihnen kann geholfen werden. An sechs typischen Krisen aus dem täglichen Leben führt Alain de Botton geistreich und amüsant vor, wie jedermann Trost, Rat und Ansporn in der Philosophie findet. In essayistischen Porträts geht er auf eine Reise durch 2400 Jahre abendländische Philosophiegeschichte und zeigt anhand der Leben und Werke von Sokrates, Epikur, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer und Nietzsche wie ein etwas anderer - nämlich philosophischer - Blick auf die Welt das Leben erträglicher machen kann.

    Regular price: £8.69

    • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Atheists, Believers & The Secular

    • By: Jim Fleming
    • Narrated by: Jim Fleming
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Atheists are finally coming out of the closet, and in some cases denouncing religion. Others still crave a sense of the sacred even though they don’t believe in God. Do atheists have something to learn from religion? Why do so many people call themselves "spiritual but not religious"? And why did bestselling novelist Anne Rice split very publicly with the Catholic Church?

    Regular price: £3.79

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