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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (24 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: May 2009 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Bayles | 1/23/2014

    " The best book I've read on the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Roberts | 1/13/2014

    " went on an alain de botton book "tour" this summer reading anything of his i could get my hands on. i really like his crisp style mixed with subtle playfulness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lora | 1/13/2014

    " This has been hanging around for over a month with very little movement. Throwing it back into the library pool, though only because I'm just not in the frame of mind for it. It's well-written, just not a good time for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simone | 12/18/2013

    " Interesting reflections on the social structures that give rise to modern occupations, though I was expecting more focus on personal experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/13/2013

    " Loved this book, laughed on every page, looking forward to discussing at book club in a couple of weeks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greet | 9/25/2013

    " Started reading the book but could never convince myself to finish it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 4/5/2013

    " My favorite quote in this book comes from Abraham Maslow: "It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement." An interesting study of the nature, tedium, and passion associated with our careers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wundercapo | 8/3/2012

    " Not what I expected. An excellently written and engaging book about what would not typically be thought of as engaging. I am glad I took up Harvard Book Store's recommendation to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Hunt | 6/18/2012

    " A snapshot of 8 different professions. Subtly witty and very cleverly written. Really enjoyable. Made me think about things I never really think about (e.g. how power gets to us, the process of getting tuna to the shops). Particularly enjoyed the career counsellor chapter. Really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Johnson | 2/26/2012

    " Is it journalism, story telling, continental philosophy, a meditation? Yes. It's all those things. And it's wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seanceddy | 1/31/2012

    " Interesting...philosophical. Plan to try one more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Hall | 1/17/2012

    " Whatever you do, de Botton helps you see it as something abstract, even absurd. Which helps, sometimes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Esther | 5/8/2011

    " I rather liked other books by de Botton but this book, mwah, rather boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 5/4/2011

    " Is it journalism, story telling, continental philosophy, a meditation? Yes. It's all those things. And it's wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 5/1/2011

    " The essays in this book were sort of uneven, but some of them (most especially "Biscuit Manufacture") are quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 4/3/2011

    " Some chapters/essays were better than others, but I fell in love with the writing, which resembled a 21st century de Tocqueville. The chapters on painting, pylons, and biscuits were the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/28/2011

    " The best book I've read on the subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/27/2011

    "

    A funny analysis of the place of work in our lives and society. Well worth a read, especially for those of us who've ever spent a day at the desk thinking "why am i here??" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salar | 1/18/2011

    " The pleasures of this book? Small humorous observations that make one look at the tiniest detail in life in a new light. The sorrows? Rambling in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gochrisgo | 12/14/2010

    " I read the first chapter in a Kindle sample and am thrilled with it. Can't wait to keep reading. "

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About the Author
Author Alain de BottonAlain de Botton is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including On Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, and The Course of Love. He lives in London where he founded The School of Life, an organization devoted to fostering emotional health and intelligence. More can be found at AlainDeBotton.com.
About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.