Chris Hardwick's delivery was wonderful. He takes an important topic and makes it enjoyable (both in the book itself and his performance). I am not a nerd but I loved this book, mostly because he read it himself.
The topics he covers for his nerd brethren are important and delivered in a way that makes you want to listen (and follow).
His delivery is great and you can tell he is excited and committed to what he writes about.
When he talks about turning his own life around and how he methodically went about it--quit drinking, got fit, improved his finances, and took control over his life. He provides a systematic way that others can follow.
Science Fiction, humor, education, philosophy, horror and non fiction are my favorite genres.
Plenty Good Advise
This is the only non medical self help book I would ever recommend to someone. There are many great books if you are looking to help better your mental health (ask a professional) but this one is pretty fantastic. Chris Hardwick is funny, open, smart and honest about his own struggles with mental health and addiction. The book is written for those who are more on the nerdy side but I think some of his tactics and ideas (obviously learned from his own professional psychiatrist) can be beneficial to anyone. Plus the book is funny and entertaining.
I'm a fan of Hardwick's standup, so I knew I would probably enjoy the performance and comedy aspects of the book. What I didn't expect was for it to be so damn useful. I got plenty of laughs, but so many of the strategies he suggests for managing one's life and productivity are really, truly valuable, especially since it is written specifically for those of us who to have a very particular sort of "nerd brain": hyper-aware obsessives who are equally creative and scientific in their interests and skills. Bonus: he makes it very fun, which is essential ingredient in getting any results when embarking on any self improvement odyssey. It's a lot easier to do the work when it doesn't all feel like someone has a Gom Jabar pointed at your jugular.
Having been drawn to books like Getting Things Done, The Four Hour Body and numerous other self help books about getting organized and systematic in my chronic and withered attempts to embrace adulthood, this has similar advice, but it is really laser focused for what he referes to as the "nerd brain", i.e., analytic yet creative thinkers who tend to be somewhat compulsive in their interests, motivated by systemic rewards systems (i.e., those of us who live for progress bars and experience points). Because his brain also works this way, he is remarkably insightful in not only giving advice that would actually work for this particular mindset, but also breaking down the WHY'S of what he proposes. For example, when discussing managing anxiety and panic attacks, two conditions he personally suffers from, he doesn't just tell you to "take a deep breath" and meditate; he actually tells you the physiological reasons that taking deep, slow breaths can conquer a panic attack (i.e., flooding the blood with oxygen,which will help neutralize the biochemicals that are flooding your system when you have an attack). For folks like me who need to analyze and understand processes, this sort of information is absolutely vital for not only grasping what is happening to you, but how you can change it, allowing you to focus on the PROCESS rather than just following instructions. While many might find the whole idea of "DMing" your life (i.e., Dungeons and Dragons style character profiling of yourself and your goals and using a similar progress reward system) as somewhat juvenile, anybody who has spend 8 hours straight playing a video game and feeling like they accomplished something will likely find value in the approach.
Aw, Hardwick is like a very smart, funny and adorable Golden Retriever that you just want to go to the park with and then you discover he can open refrigerators, douse water and diagnose blood diseases with just his nose. I mean, I knew the guy was very funny, but I had no idea how much I would respond to the actual advice and tips in the book and that I would actively implement them into my life. A lot of it is very serious advice, whether it's about career goals, health, managing stress and anxiety or just getting out of your own way. Because he presents it interwoven with the geek humor he is known for and a multitude of personal anecdotes about his own triumphs and soul crushing defeats, you are thoroughly entertained while getting introduced to concepts that could indeed improve the quality of your life. Oh, and also, maybe get some nerd tail.
I'M IN YOUR HEAD,NERD
If you like Hardwick already, you'll like the entertainment value of the book, but it's likely you can get a lot of great tips from it as well. It does reference a lot of content in the physical book, but you can go the the Nerdist Way site to access what he is referencing. Finally, Lizard Brain.
Hardwick covers several great areas of self help to encourage nerds to get off the couch and keep themselves motivated and healthy. Since he comes from the same place as his intended audience there's a true sense of honesty and authenticity to his message.
Must read for any nerd languishing in couch-dom.
This is no fiction, so there is no story to end :-)
I would tune it down a little and use a bit less profanity.
No. It would not make sense make movie from this topic
Funny, motivational, nerd-friendly
The understanding of how the nerd mind functions.
This is the first audiobook, I listen to his podcasts regularly, his reading of the book was more forced and not real compared to the podcasts.
Let your evil genius shine
Material is good but very fast paced
The author is at least a generation younger than me and language is semi-foreign
Chris is a comedian and entertainer - he makes it interesting.
Fast, blunt, correct
Young person looking for their place in this world
I did not complete the book and may not complete.
This was surprisingly a very good self-help book; I am not saying that I didn’t think this book was going to be entertaining I just wasn’t sure that the advice he was going to give would be good. I am a big fan of Chris Hardwick and have been for awhile and even more so with his show the Talking Dead.
I really liked his nerdist way of self improvement I thought his advice for a character tome was great and XP points when you are on track, I thought this was a fun way to keep track of your successes. I thought his chapter on panic attacks was spot on and could tell he had truly gone through these to be able to explain them and how to overcome them was really good.
His very honest take on his alcoholism and how he quit drinking were very inspirational even though these stories were told with humor. I was a little surprised in the chapters about working out and nutrition just because us nerds are not known for being very fit and now I want to see Chris with his shirt off and see just how well all this exercising is working!
I really enjoyed this audiobook and Chris Hardwick’s narration, I do think you need to already be a fan of Chris to enjoy it though because of the way he talks and emphasizes certain things because I am a fan I could “see’ him saying these things and know how he puts himself across. But I think if you have bought this book I would guess you are already a fan of Chris. I think this was the way to read this book because of Chris’s delivery of the words he’s written.
I rarely (never) read self-help but this is the best I have found because his humorous honesty is perfect and I could actually see myself using some of the tenants he sets out in this book.
Starting my day with 100 XP thanks Chris!
Hardwick's advise for fellow "Nerdists" is an excellent kick in the pants to use our powers for good (self improvement) instead of evil (self pity). All of his ideas are simple to implement and can vastly change lives. Even integrating one suggestion into your life should have a profound impact. Highly recommended.
Much more of a self help book than a biography. Closer to Tim Ferriss' 4-Hour Workweek and 4-Hour Body.
If you have listened to any of his Podcasts, you know his tome and speed.
The financial and cluster sections closer to the end. And the overall tone to not be afraid to fail.
The workout is probably best read instead of heard.
Certainly not for everyone, crass, nerdy, irreverent, and funny. A few sections were slow but 90% of it was quick witted. I found myself laughing out loud in the car - especially funny if you play it at 2x speed as Chris Hardwick (narrated by the author) talks fast anyway and it makes him sound like he's on a manic rant.
Disclaimer: If you don't know what a MMO or RPG is, or have no background in tech or geek culture, you will probably spend most of your time thinking.... "what in the hell is he talking about?" and I would recommend that you pass on this one.