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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: François Lelord Narrator: James Clamp Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781615731084
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Hector, a young psychiatrist, travels the world to learn what makes people happy <#150> and sad. As he treks from Paris and China to Africa and the U.S., he wonders: is there a secret to true happiness? This international bestseller is a delightful fable Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His observations result in keen nuggets for attaining joy in life. James Clamp speaks to the story’s childlike quality, imbuing Lelord’s brief sentences and basic vocabulary with profundity. Clamp is in tune with the author’s often-humorous style and astutely gives each sentence its lighthearted essence. Somehow this makes this novel all the more enchanting and enables the listener to focus on Hector's insights as each new gem is revealed.”

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  • “Intelligently naïve.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Utterly charming…Hector and the Search for Happiness turns psychological research into a fast-paced, enchanting story. Lelord himself is a psychiatrist, and his interest in the human mind is infectious.”

    BookPage

  • Selected for the September 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 5/10/2011

    " I couldn't even bring myself to finish this book. I don't know how it became a NY Times bestseller. You could basically flip through the pages to the italicized "lessons" in happiness that Hector learns and have read the book. The rest is just boring filler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/6/2011

    " Fun, charming, simple but inspiring story with some profound thoughts. It's written a little like a childhood fairytale which won't be for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 4/30/2011

    " LOVING this fabulous book. Lighthearted and fun but poignant. Like a fluffy/serious Alchemist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Korey | 4/27/2011

    " A nugget of wisdom for a dreary day "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/26/2011

    " I enjoyed the list that Hector made of what happiness is and how he arrived at the items on the list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/26/2011

    " This was cute, lighthearted. A very quick read, very simply yet thoughtfully written. It made me feel good. I highly reccommend it for a time when you want to read something short and uplifting - you can read it in one weekend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricquetta | 4/20/2011

    " So far, a really cute story. :) Makes me appreciate things a lot more and understand the true meaning of happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 4/12/2011

    " A cute book with some good lessons or reminders! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/8/2011

    " Enjoyable. If you need a lift, and wonder where happiness comes from grab this for an afternoon read. Worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 4/6/2011

    " inspiring. a quick-read. it says it's similar to the little prince and i agree. totally worth the day it took to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/29/2011

    " Sweet little warm- fuzzies book. Good reading for a little pick me up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/26/2011

    " Kind of trite, but much better than you might think. It's definitely better than The Alchemist. "

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About the Author

François Lelord studied medicine and psychology. After getting his doctoral degree in 1985, he was a post-doctorate researcher at UCLA. He then worked as an attending physician in Paris for two years. Since 2004, he has been working as a psychiatrist in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

About the Narrator

James Clamp is an award-winning voice actor, earning his first AudioFile Earphones Award in 2011. Originally from London, he currently lives in New York.