Could be longer. I feel that Chris Hardwick only skimmed the surface of heady topics he covered. I know he wanted to keep things moving and stick to broad topics, but this book could have had a much greater impact if he had taken the time to go into greater detail about the Nerdist philosophy and how one's personal life can benefit from it.
He narrates pretty much he talks on the Nerdist podcast. He falls a little flat without Jonah or Matt to back him up. But, it would have felt odd if anyone else had narrated this book.
No. The book was divided into completely separate sections. This encourages the reader to stop and reflect before moving on.
In the middle of the book, Chris goes into a lengthy list and description of simple workout routines. While this information is important and useful, it brings the momentum of that section to a screeching halt. I ended up having to skip most of it because it was so boring and seemingly endless. Sections like these are just something that doesn't translate well into an audiobook format.
I will be listening again. Since this was in audio book format, there was a little lost. I intend to listen again and take more notes. I've already begun my path to change several different things. This will make a great reference.
I loved the part wher Gandalf fought the Balrog! Wait. That was a different book. Can I really chose a part of this that was memorable? I think the point of this book is for all of it to be memorable. Many parts will stay with me.
Shouldn't some of these questions be tailored differently to fit all genres? Or maybe they could just have a different set of questions for different genres. There were no real scenes. I enjoyed the sidebars.
A Film That Should Not Be a Film! You Will Wish You Read The Book!
Very helpful. Incorporating this into my life has already begun to help.
I've got the hardcopy and audio and Chris Hardwick's performance makes the audiobook a much greater value. This book is about 1/3 comedy, 1/3 nerdist philosophy, and 1/3 self-help, though it never gets preachy or pretentious. If you have any doubt over whether or not you'll enjoy the book, check out any of Chris's other work online (blogs, podcasts, etc) for a sample, though I believe this book is his best work yet.
Chris puts things in such funny terms. He really drives home points with great examples and easy understandable concepts! The concept of building your real life character is an awesome one! I am trying to incorporate the concepts into my day-to-day life.
There is no other book I am aware of that tackles self-help in quite this way! :-)
Chris is a natural presenter! I don't think I would have gotten most of the funny jokes if I would have just read this book. The way he makes up words and especially his hash tag references just made me laugh every time! :-)
When Chris was talking about not drinking alcohol. I am the same way with pop. So I took his concept of just dropping it and not looking back. Proud to say I have not had any pop for the past month! I have a scanner and also bought a shredder and started going through all my papers to get rid of papers I do not need in physical form!!
This a cool book for members and sympathizers of the nerd community. It is funny, which lots of scifi, pop-culture references. It also a very genuine tome, trying to help those who listen be better and happier. Be prepared for ahem,..some,.. profanity.
I was most intrigued by Chris' recommendation to put together a patchwork career, as one might diversify a stock portfolio. If one fails, there will still be a couple more in the wings. It also struck me that he automatically updates Quicken (or whatever) everyday, using only a few minutes to check any missing categories. I am already pretty automated, but that is taking it to another level.
(tie) Dr. Emmet Brown and Chris Hardwick
I kind of skipped most of the workout descriptions. They come across dry in audio. Also, I already have a fundamental knowledge and routine in that area. He might have done better to recommend somebody else's work (a trainer) to view / listen to.
I always think it can be dicey to have an audio read by the author. In this case it came out with more positives than negatives. Chris could have cut down on a few profanitys, not all, but some were just plain unnecessarily weird. That is more a criticism of the text than the performance.
In audio form, some parts of the performance where oddly over the top, overly jocular, all loud, no soft. A pro reader probably would have introduced more vocal light and shade, making some parts a little less harsh to the ear. The performance left me wondering how trainer Tom actually sounds. That said, Chris' enthusiasm really shines through. It is his story, and really could be told by no one else.
Hardwick offers creative solutions to nerdy problems. He has an interesting point of view.
he's energetic and fun
none of it...
keeps the reader engaged almost the entire time (the money part is a bit tough). extremely helpful and useful stuff; if most or all followed literally, can dramatically improve the reader's quality of life. a much-needed dash of perspective in an insane world, amusingly presented. great work.
That as I was waiting for my hard copy to arrive I was still able to start
How comprehensive the book was. Was not expecting it to turn into a workbook.
That it was the same as his podcast presence. Loud, nerdy, and very parenthetical (which is not a bad thing).
I finished the books *weeks* ago, just now getting around to writing a review. And part of my Character Tome is putting myself out there through blogs, reviews, etc and with completing this I just reached Level 2. I have recommended this book to several of my nerd friends and would like to thank Chris Hardwick again for this extraordinary experience.
I related instantly to this book as soon as I started listening to it, feeling astounded by the way Hardwick describes his many (former) insecurities as a nerd prior to his strive to better himself. If you're the kind of nerd who is very insecure, rather lazy or generally unmotivated, with imperfect health and fitness as well as possible addiction issues, Hardwick will tell you things you've been needing to hear for years. I already plan on buying the physical book to do Hardwick's many "Character-cises" and note any other words of wisdom. Best of all, Hardwick doesn't drone on his advices in any stuck-up matter. As a comedian, Hardwick injects his nerdy sense of humor everywhere, filling in many sayings that only today's nerd generation will pick up, including numerous pop-culture and D&D references, as well as just being generally snarky and hilarious. If you need something to kick-start your life, and want to hear it from someone who shares a mind with you (and is funny about it), this book is the way to go.
like a great biography.
Once again, personality and his energy.
Great if your a nerd stuck in a rut. That's not me but I found it entertaining.