AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter

THE BOOK OF HUMAN EMOTIONS From Ambiguphobia to Umpty--154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Suzanne Toren

Contemporary Culture • 10.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2016

The tasteful drama in Suzanne Toren’s urbane performance makes this a most enjoyable audio to hear. Her creative phrasing and historical sensibilities leave no meaning or nuance unexpressed. This exceptional audiobook begins with a curiosity-provoking overview of how emotions have been thought about and spoken about since the dawn of recorded history. The meat of the program is a series of essays on the evolution of words for emotions, essays full of information that somehow also elevate listeners to a thoughtful place where they can pause, reflect, and absorb the author’s global perspective on humanity. Though Smith’s thinking is manifestly abstract or even academic—like an anthropology or history lecture—her gift for journalistic narrative and Suzanne Toren’s vocal engagement will make a lot of listeners hear it in a more personal way. T.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2016]

Trade Ed. • Hachette Audio • 2016

DD ISBN 9781478906773 $24.98

Advertisement Advertisement
The latest audiobook reviews, right in your inbox.

Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.


AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.


Thank you for signing up.



Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×


Thank you for signing up!

Our group will review and follow up soon.

Back Home ×