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Zen Habits

Handbook for Life
Written by: Leo Babauta
Narrated by: Fred Stella
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Self-Help, How-to
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Zen Habits Handbook for Life is a compilation of Leo Babauta's best articles on living from a Zen Habits perspective. What will this book teach you to do? Basically the same things that Zen Habits aims for overall: how to simplify your life, how to live a happier life, how to be more productive with less stress, how to achieve your dreams. The book includes chapters on decluttering, single-tasking, eliminating nonessentials, planning your day, clearing your inbox, getting motivated, cultivating compassion, boosting self-confidence, living consciously, and much more! Think of it as a little handbook for a better life.

©2012 Leo Babauta (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Jay
  • 2012-06-09

Good but repetitive

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is kind of a "best of" compilation, supposedly. While it is hard to beat Fred Stella's most excellent voice, it is kind of repetitive and doesn't really go anywhere.

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure who the target audience is for Babauta, but my guess this is for executive types wearing suits and ties. Many of the suggestions in the book, I already do, so it wasn't a huge help. There were a couple of things to make you think, but after hearing how to organize an email inbox for the 3rd or 4th time, I gave up on the book.

My attraction to the book was the name (and the fair price). As other's have pointed out, Babauta's works have little to do with Zen. It is more of how to simplify, organize and manage time better.

I'm going to throw out a better book, which like Babauta and Zen, has really nothing to do with Buddhism: Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. It is also read by Fred Stella, and offers a lot more practical insights than how to organize an email inbox.





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  • Alan
  • 2013-06-07

Good Motivational Content... Read by a Robot

Where does Zen Habits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Zen Habits had a load of tips and motivation to help improve one's mindset. From cleaning to increasing the Warm Fuzzy quotient of the world, there is enough here to pull you out of your doldrums. Though there seems to be alot of information that is continously repeated, in slightly different contexts, The framing of a published and repackaged series of blog posts adjusts our orientation so this all makes sence.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration, though calm and soothing, orften seemed stilted. The narrator was far from conversational, often sounding like he was sight reading the matterial for the first time. Though the writing style of the author, often uses excessive 'and''s and 'or''s, the stilted nature of its delivery, made me wonder if the narrator was a cylon.

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  • Anthony Dixon Jr
  • 2019-03-06

No Emotion

I adore the content of the audiobook.
I’ve followed the blog for years.
I really wish though the Leo would’ve picked a different narrator. I appreciate the attempt of Fred Stella, but with his performance sounds like a robot.

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  • ILprep74
  • 2018-08-14

Narrator sounds like a robot

The book was interesting. The author added some humor which was completely lost due to the narration. Not recommended. A little boring. Maybe I will buy the actual book.

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  • SES
  • 2019-08-15

Amazing!

Easy to understand, precise, generous, humble, definetly a book to be grateful for. Totally worth listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-30

Worth the time

Reemphasizes the obvious little things to improve your quality of life.

I’ll likely listen to again in the future to revisit some of these basic ideas and implement a few more into my life. Don’t try to make every little change today, just fine pieces that relate to your life and improve them one at a time.

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  • Ray
  • 2018-02-23

Very helpful advice, design of book flawed

This book offers very practical, helpful, insightful and accessible advice. A wonderful combination and a difficult one to achieve.
Unfortunately, the design of a collection of essays fails when someone consumes them all at once. There is far too much redundancy and the repetition is beyond reinforcing, It becomes frustrating.
It would be interesting to have a version of this book done where there is an effort to condense the advice, build on the words originally composed and include examples. Further, it might be interesting to do a new version of the book as a project where folks are followed as They implement the advice and there are stories of their efforts included.

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  • Tanith
  • 2017-09-13

great advice

the words are great, the performance seemed a bit bland at times. gr3at work overall though

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  • Momma-k
  • 2017-09-01

great tips to simplify life

It is a bit boring but the tips are useful to make life a little simplier and use your time wisely.

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  • Marfew
  • 2017-07-09

Read from blog

Great ideas, however, the audio book is read straight from the blog which makes it awkward to listen to. He sometimes even references other blog posts in the audio. The narrator is good but tends to over-enunciate words.