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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Robbins Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How do you define the good life? For many, success is measured not by health and happiness but by financial wealth. But such a worldview overlooks the important things in life: personal contentment, family time, spirituality, and the health of the planet and those living on it. A preoccupation with money and possessions is not only unhealthy, it can also drain the true joy from life.

In recent years, millions have watched their American Dreams go up in smoke. The international financial collapse, inflation, massive layoffs, and burgeoning consumer debt have left people in dire financial straits—including John Robbins, a crusader for planet-friendly food and lifestyle choices, who lost his entire savings in an investment scam. But Robbins soon realized that there was an upside to our collective financial downturn: curtailed consumerism could lead us to reassess our lives and values.

The New Good Life provides a philosophical and prescriptive path from conspicuous consumption to conscious consumption. Where the old view of success was measured by cash, stocks, and various luxuries, the new view will be guided by financial restraint and a new awareness of what truly matters. A passionate manifesto on finding meaning beyond money and status, this book delivers a sound blueprint for living well on less. Discover how to:

  • create your own definition of success based on your deepest beliefs and life experience;
  • alleviate depression, lower blood pressure, and stay fit with inexpensive alternatives to high-cost medications;
  • develop a diet that promotes better health—and saves you money;
  • plan for, and protect yourself from, future economic catastrophes;
  • cut down on your housing and transportation costs;
  • live frugally without deprivation; and
  • follow in the footsteps of real people who have effectively forged new financial identities.

The New Good Life provides much-needed hope and comfort in a time of fear and uncertainty. Here is everything you need to develop high-joy, low-cost solutions to life’s challenges. Practical and timely, this book equips you with the skills needed not only to survive but to thrive in these challenging times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “While we may not choose to live like Thoreau on a remote island (as Robbins did), this examination will make us consider how our consumer choices impact our family and, perhaps, society as a whole.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There is today a profound hunger for precisely the information, the advice, and the perspectives in The New Good LifeJohn Robbins brings so many unique talents and perspectives that his book is sure to be a bestseller and a best-loved resource.”

    Vicki Robin, coauthor of Your Money or Your Life

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting story written by the Baskins-Robbins ice cream heir about how he walked away from his family's money to make his way in the world in an eco-friendly frugal way, only to make millions on his own without even trying. Good practical financial advice regarding how we can be more eco-friendly and he shows sensible ways to cut expenses in everyday life, i.e. moneysaving tips on buying autos, grocery shopping, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lydia Peever | 2/6/2014

    " Useful, but I did skip the entire chapter on parenthood :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue | 12/26/2013

    " He has a strong point, but he makes it early. The rest is reinforcement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy | 12/24/2013

    " Though I could accept why someone would want to turn their back on a large fortune and embrace voluntary simplicity, I just couldn't get over the fact that he could have used all that money and really made a difference in other folks lives with it. You don't want to own a Yacht named "The Thirty Second Flavor 2?" Fine! Then build a school in an impoverished nation - give to charities - create your own foundation and give it all away to those in need. Instead he just turned his back on the money and as far as I can tell, pretty much did nothing really for his fellow man. And then apparently accumulated quite a bit of wealth again and lost it all due to a really bad investment. Amazing how Karma works, doesn't it? "

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About the Author

John Robbins is the author of Diet for a New America, the milliion-copy bestseller that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous other widely acclaimed books, including Reclaiming Our Health. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Rachel Carson Award and the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award. Groomed to follow in the footsteps of his father, the founder of the Baskin-Robbins empire, he chose a different, more authentic path for himself. The founder of EarthSave International, he is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on the dietary link between the environment and health. He lives with his family in California’s Santa Cruz mountains.