Reviews for Happier at Home : Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life


AudioFile Reviews 2012 October
Rubin's follow up to THE HAPPINESS PROJECT is more of the same--in a good way. If you liked the first book, you'll enjoy this one as well. Narrator Käthe Mazur does a flawless job. Her spot-on timing is evenly paced at a measured and unhurried speed yet never drags. Her voice has a mellifluous quality that is easy to listen to, yet it brings emphasis and emotion to Rubin's ongoing quest. You'll find Rubin's daily struggle to make her home a better place for herself and her family filled with plenty of good simple advice, including abandoning some projects even when she's invested them with time and energy. D.G. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #4

In her sophomore effort, Rubin (The Happiness Project) narrows in on a single element of happiness: the home. Whether it's decluttering her apartment, falling in love with fragrance, or trying to better manage her time, she wants to discover what it is that makes her happiest in her favorite place. In this audio production, veteran narrator Käthe Mazur's performance is competent but uninspired. Mazur's narration is soft and elegant, which does justice to the many historic quotations and the scientific research that Rubin did for this book. However, it is also slow and almost wholly lacking the indomitable cheer that characterizes Rubin's writing. Mazur does come to life in the more humorous parts of the book, which helps to break up the plodding nature of her performance. The narrator also does a marvelous job with various French names and phrases, and offers strong vocal interpretations of some of the memoir's supporting characters, such as Rubin's two young daughters. Overall, however, the listener may wonder why Rubinâ??who briefly introduces and wraps up the audiobook in her own voiceâ??didn't perform the whole thing. A Crown Archetype hardcover. (Sept.)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

In her sophomore effort, Rubin (The Happiness Project) narrows in on a single element of happiness: the home. Whether it's decluttering her apartment, falling in love with fragrance, or trying to better manage her time, she wants to discover what it is that makes her happiest in her favorite place. In this audio production, veteran narrator Käthe Mazur's performance is competent but uninspired. Mazur's narration is soft and elegant, which does justice to the many historic quotations and the scientific research that Rubin did for this book. However, it is also slow and almost wholly lacking the indomitable cheer that characterizes Rubin's writing. Mazur does come to life in the more humorous parts of the book, which helps to break up the plodding nature of her performance. The narrator also does a marvelous job with various French names and phrases, and offers strong vocal interpretations of some of the memoir's supporting characters, such as Rubin's two young daughters. Overall, however, the listener may wonder why Rubinâ??who briefly introduces and wraps up the audiobook in her own voiceâ??didn't perform the whole thing. A Crown Archetype hardcover. (Sept.)

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