The performance was fine; it was the content that's absolute garbage.
This guy appeals to the lowest common denominator. The book should have been titled "Pseudo-Nerdist". I'm too lazy to write a detailed review: it was fluffy garbage with a sprinkling of pop psychology.
It is great when authors read their own books. Chris did a great job bringing the material to life. The content of the book was just as good. Tools presented where helpful and the personal stories were meaningful. The advice on stress and anxiety i'm finding really helpful.
It was good. Chris Hardwick is a funny dude who wrote a self-help book with a bunch of Nerdy crap all up in it. If you like these things, you'll like this book.
for me, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Chris Hardwick's delivery felt more like a conversation than an audiobook. at certain times I felt myself responding to the questions he was asking. it was a well thought out well executed use of anecdotes and lessons learned so that I can either feel like I'm not the only one who did these things or learn something to where I won't do certain things. Well done Sir. Cheers
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.