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“Once upon a time there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied with himself. . . . ”

Hector is very good at treating patients in need of his help. But he can’t do much for those who are simply dissatisfied with life, and that is beginning to depress him. When a patient tells him he looks in need of a vacation, Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy—and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to Africa to the United States, he lists his observations about the people he meets. Is there a secret to happiness, and will Hector find it?

Combining the winsome appeal of The Little Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hector’s journey ventures around the globe and into the human soul. Lelord’s writing inspires us to consider life’s great questions. Uplifting, empowering, and optimistic, this is a fable for our times and all time.

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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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Korey | 4/27/2011

    " A nugget of wisdom for a dreary day "

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