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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,693 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alain de Botton Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: he has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

From the frustration of misplacing your keys to the sadness of losing a loved one, the writings of Seneca can offer consolation. For the agony of not having enough money, Epicurus has a solution that everyone can afford. If your life is beset by difficulty after difficulty, wise advice may be found in the words of Nietzsche. The Consolations of Philosophy is smart, lucid, and pleasing, a rare sort of book that wonderfully fulfills the promise of its title.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is a need for someone to bring that joyful activity of mind we call philosophy to the wider reading public. And de Botton…writes with verve.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Thanks to the author’s characteristically whimsical and lucid style, the book does offer more than a refresher course in basic philosophy. Consolations, like Proust before it, is downright delightful to read.”

    Time Out New York

  • “A fine introduction to the world of philosophy.”


  • “Thank heavens for Alain de Botton…[He] breezily, humorously, incisively…puts his readers at ease, without a hint of condescension.”

    Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer

  • “De Botton, genial, accurate, humane guide to the thinkers at hand, has written a rich and useful book.”

    Washington Post Book Review

  • “The quietly ironic style and eclectic approach will gratify many postmodern readers…an enjoyable read with ‘a few consoling and practical things’ to say.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clayton | 2/20/2014

    " I'm going to rush out and buy Montaigne's "Essays" now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Georgia | 2/18/2014

    " Funny and smart all at the same time. I learned a lot and had no idea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Vivien Fung | 2/18/2014

    " Alain de Botton uses a light touch and frequent images to explain how philosophy can be a consolation to a number of modern frustrations, organised by chapters and straightforward headings. Pretty interesting, but becomes a bit dull halfway through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 2/8/2014

    " Wow! Alain at his very best! "

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