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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,896 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alain de Botton Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, beautifully evoking what other people wake up to do each day - and night - to make the frenzied contemporary world function.

With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom, Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations, from rocket science to biscuit manufacture, accountancy to art - in search of what makes jobs either fulfilling or soul-destroying.

Along the way, he tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can ask about work: Why do we do it? What makes it pleasurable? What is its meaning? And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet?

Characteristically lucid, clever, and inventive, de Botton's song for occupations is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life that is all too often ignored and a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Millie | 2/10/2014

    " A really interesting look at modern life. Well worth dipping into! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Petter Sund | 2/6/2014

    " Some really interesting points... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martin Cerjan | 2/2/2014

    " A fun read. Interesting characters and some quirky vignettes. I wish there had been more talk about philosophy, but maybe I'm just being too academic. A very interesting look at some odd and not so odd professions--and I learned a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eli | 1/25/2014

    " I picked this one off the shelf the second I saw the writer. I had previously read "Architecture of Happiness," and loved it. Moreover, I was eager to read this because I am always mulling over the societal norm of doing one thing your whole life to make a living. I didn't really gain any insight or great knowledge from this book, but there were some interesting moments. I think that the topic of this book may have been better presented in a more systematic and rigorous tone rather than the selective anecdotal nature that Botton chose. "

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