• Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One

  • By: Raphaëlle Giordano
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (550 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Number-One French Best Seller

More than 3 Million Copies Sold Worldwide

The feel-good number-one best-selling French novel about a woman whose mission to cure her "routine-itis" leads her to lasting joy and true fulfillment, for fans of The Alchemist and Hector and the Search for Happiness.

At 38 and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why, then, does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.

When Claude, a French Sean Connery lookalike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille's journey is full of surprising escapades, creative capers, and deep meaning as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time....

©2018 Raphaelle Giordano (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[A] charming, feel-good story...funny, sweet, and not without a few important happy-life tips.” (Good Housekeeping)

“A good pick for readers who are looking for a lighter take on Eat, Pray, Love. A fast, feel-good story about finding happiness.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A one-sitting read, because we all resemble Camille to some degree, and we’d all love to do what she does. So, what if we gave it a go...?” (Femme Actuelle, France) 

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Way too religious. Understated, but still religious. At one point the dog is hating on gays . Not nice

The dog is a hater of gay people. Unbelievable. That was it for me. Not funny.

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Bummer of a 1st book choice

basic, no depth and really hated the narration. kept hoping it would get more interesting, but, no

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Extremely Inspiring

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels they are stuck or trying to find their authentic self. The story is truly a work of inspiration and I can’t wait to implement the suggestions and become a routinologist for someone who finds them self in a position they can’t seem to get themselves unstuck from.

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Simple but helpful

This book is predictable but there are still good nuggets in there to help someone consider things from a different perspective. I enjoyed it.

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Anyone’s Story

I first recognized others in my life as well as a surface view of myself in these characters. I continued and the story and steps of looking inward and becoming artist and creator of one’s life unfolded. I then didn’t have to look far or too deeply to see myself in all the characters instead. I look forward to embarking on the journey myself with the tools provided.

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Soothing narration

The narrator was good very expressive. It just didn't offer anything I haven't heard before.

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Ugggh need a refund

I would love those 6 hours back. Painfully boring and no substance whatsoever. It started off interesting but 30 minutes in, I struggled to maintain my focus.

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A mumble jumble of pop self help

I don’t know how this is a bestseller anywhere. This is such a contrived construct of the latest pop psychology advice. Totally unrealistic and unhelpful.

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Absolutely amazing

I listened to the book several times in the past months. It is absolutely inspiring and I love the fact that it was made into a story. And I really don't get the bad reviews. The narrator was excellent. Also I'm a middle aged woman and I found it perfectly suitable to my situation. Unless you're in perfect place in life and have nothing to worry about, then I guess you won't find it helpful. Otherwise, I don't think there's an age bracket for the book. Seriously. And no, there's no dogs or gay references in the book, so whoever wrote that review must have been flying high. Real high. I highly recommend the book to anyone.

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A must read for anyone!

A must read for anyone encountering any challenges and struggles in their life. I value this book and will always return to it if need be.

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