To quote the old movie, "I am a nerd." Thus, this book was - mostly - talking to me. One key thing, I'm not a "creative" in that I'm a singer, actor, cartoonist, or another of the usual nerd creative sub-species. I create computer programs but that's not really the focus here.
Life aspects about self-criticism, attention to detail, some social disfunction, do all speak to me. So the book is useful in some ways. So use it as hints and it'll be good. If it speaks directly to your life, great.
The author's style was quick and breezy, odd to say an audio book is "conversational" but it is. The performance was clearly heart-felt and would not have been appropriate if someone else had read it. This is a personal book and meant to be "shared among friends."
Great audio book and very well read by the author. It didn't feel like he was reading a book which is really what I look for with an audio book.
I'm a nerd from way back so I connected a lot with the references sprinkled throughout this out of the ordinary "self-help" book. Definitely worth a listen!
I found it very hard to listen to this book. The author was trying way to hard to be too funny and screamed most of his lines. I enjoyed parts of the book but it was way too distracting to listen to the recording.
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.
yaoi fangirl #1990
I would recommend this book to any one I know that was 1 a nerd and 2 liked comedy. This book was fantastic. I laughed at times, rolled my eyes at times, listened attentively almost the entire time and walked away learning something new and felt like Chris Hardwick really had helped me. I felt like he understood me as a "nerd" on that level and his words really reached me.
I really felt Chris was right across from me talking to me about how he changed his life and as a result I could also change mine. Even though he was not there.
My favorite section was YOU ARE WORTH IT! it's hard for me to remember that sometimes.
I would have listened to this book in one sitting if time had allowed. There were times I cursed arriving to work or home because I wanted to keep listening.
IT was funny and insightful. I had a lot of good Ah Ha moments. well worth my 1 credit.
I'm not going to have Chris's baby, but I would give him some man love. If you're a nerd looking for self improvement this is your book.