Todd W. Brown
This title was written before Chris Hardwick became the face of The Talking Dead and seemingly every popular television show's post episode wrap up. I was not into MTV after it stopped showing videos, so I missed that phase of his career. No biggie.
All that said, this book is perhaps one of the best "self-help" titles out there as far as I am concerned. The main reason is that, while he certainly takes his subject seriously, he shows no such regard for himself. He is as real as it gets while still sharing a valuable series of tenets to adopt and practice. While I may not dig everything he laid down, there was an awful lot to try and make into my own personal program.
Not a week after I finished, I ran an obstacle course race. That final obstacle was outside of my comfort zone. Yet, with encouragement from my step-daughter who was there waiting at the finish line, I went at it FOUR times. I failed three of them. Afterwards, I allowed that 60 second self-hug he talks about. Hardwick's voice rang in my ears that day. I will actually be returning to this title over the next few months as I work on some of the other ideas here.
People that want to believe that eventually their life of partying and video gaming can magically turn around and they can become successful.
Absolutely not - I don't even know if I can listen to his stand up (which I liked) any more now that I know what a douche he is.
Nothing would have saved this self absorbed pat on on his own back.
Shear and utter disappointment. I'm mostly disappointed in the fact that he is almost condoning his early addictive behaviors in a "boys will be boys" sort of explanation. Yes, I drank too much and screwed around too much but come on....it all worked out. Just pretend you're a D&D character, role for improvement and you too can back your way into success.
He's not a nerd...he's an incredibly lucky jack-off that uses too much profanity and too many sexual self pleasure references to try to get his point across. But hey, if you like to hear references about whacking of in a church or long rants about getting healthy, then this audiobook is for you.
I've only had it a few weeks and already played some chapters five or more times. I can't say that about many of my hundred-plus Audible books.
He's been in your shoes (if you're a nerd that is) learned from his mistakes and passed that on in this book. So far everything in the book I have tried myself has worked fairly well or else I was already doing something similar.
Normally I won't get a book narrated by its author as these have almost always been terrible, but this book was an exception. I have the eBook as well (mostly to get the charts, graphs and exercise illustrations) and I hear his voice when reading it.
I did make me pause the playback many times so I could absorb what had just been explained. It wasn't that he said anything I hadn't heard before, though some was new to me, it was more that he made it real and personal- not dry and academic as so many other books do.
I highly recommend this book to any nerd who struggles with their own mind and it's tendency to turn inward.
I would, and have already! Finally a self-help book that speaks directly to the heart of a nerd from a surprisingly unexpected source. Hardwick's ideas are simple but when applied very effective.
Chris didn't make this to make money as much as he did it to actually pass on some knowledge to fellow nerds. I really think the main idea of this book could really help so many others if they actually apply it and stick with it. Plus it works for ANYTHING you are looking to improve in your life.
If you find him entertaining in ANY way from Talking Dead, Talking Bad, Nerdist Podcast or Show, then you love his performance in this. It's both very personal and extremely funny.
Enjoy your burrito.
Say something about yourself!
Listened For Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Good to Know Rating: 4.00
Knowledge Manager Rating: 4.50 (aka Chris Hardwick)
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: The Nerdist Way was a humorous self-help book with some really great ideas! Nothing new but the presentation really worked!
Good To Know Thoughts: I will admit that self-help books are kind of my guilty pleasure. I am also a total geek and a big fan of all things nerdom. Here is the deal, if you read any kind of self-improvement books you know they are not really telling you anything new. Presentation is the key to getting some of the messages to stick. The Nerdist Way takes the humorous and direct way of getting the messages across. There is cursing, examples in relation to Dungeons and Dragons, and some very frank “just get it done” speak. Chris didn’t use fancy terms (though he made up a few of his own) and really speaks directly to the target audience: the geeks and nerds of the world. There really is some great advice in here and the activities will help reinforce some good behavior. If you are looking something new and earth-shattering this is not the book. If you are looking for something straight-forward, fun, and sometimes self eye-opening then this will work for you.
NOTE: You must understand Geek/Nerd culture to get some of the references. Then again, I doubt you would look at this book if you didn’t.
Knowledge Manager Thoughts: Why did I call Chris or any other self-help book author a Knowledge Manager? That is what they are! If you are a going to write a self-help book than you had better be able to manage that knowledge. Chris practices (from what I can tell) what he talks about. He uses some real life experience to reinforce the ideas that he suggests that we incorporate into our lives. His humor, bluntness, and fun attitude do come across in The Nerdist Way. Fans of his won’t be disappointed on that scale. I found him to be real and relatable which always helps when taking advice from someone. Overall, he was a great person to send this particular message.
Narrated by Chris Hardwick/Running Time 6h 10m
Non-Fiction read by the author is always better than using another narrator. The belief and feeling they have their subject matter is always apparent. Chris did a fantastic job with the narration, pacing, and adding emotion into the written word. I highly recommend this on audio.
Final Thoughts: The Nerdist Way exceeded my expectations and dare I say, I had fun listening to a self-help book. Great read for the Nerd/Geeks of the world.
The writer didn't take himself too seriously although he was passionate about his subject matter.
I would vaguely compare this book to "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" it's life improving on a very casual and attainable level. It never comes across as talking down to you but it does challenge you in your thinking.
He's a comedian, and he never forgets that. He also doesn't suggest that he's an expert, just a person with personal experience. Thus, he assumes that there are people that are similar to him and suggests a method to overcome the same issues that he dealt with.
I would say get the book version, BUT You must...you must listen to Chris as reads his book. It makes it like 100x better, and it is already good. Sure you kinda need to see all those important pictures and stuff (I'm pretty sure you can see them online), but Chris' voice is so awesome when its in his own voice (see what I did there?). Good book, Best reading of a book I have heard.
It is a great book that has many great tips and tricks for helping what Chris Hardwick calls 'nerdists'. It is something like a self help book but it is not quite in the same sense. He explains a lot of what happened to him and how he got through his addictions to his vices. He also gives a great way to help you change your life while still being funny. Overall a great book and if you like his podcast then you will like this book.