cover image The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Alain de Botton, , read by David Colacci. . Brilliance Audio, $24.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4233-9289-7

Veteran narrator David Colacci delivers an evenhanded, workmanlike performance of De Botton's philosophical exploration of the joys, pains and meaning of work. The erudite and frequently amusing meditation on vocation is accompanied by profiles of a broad spectrum of workers—employed in everything from biscuit manufacturing to rocket science, fishing to career counseling—with Colacci deftly capturing the text's perfect mix of sly humor and gravity and allowing listeners an opportunity to reflect on and question his or her own working life. A Pantheon hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 13). (June)