I have a child with Aspergers and I am going to use this book as the basis for a social and life skills curriculum for her. The humor in this book will keep most nerd teens engaged as they pick up valuable info. I listened with headphones on while cleaning my house, and almost scared my wife with my cackling when the author suddenly told his brain to "f--k off!" Way to go, Chris.
I'm just this guy, you know?
Chris Hardwick is a nerd. If you're a nerd, too, then this book is a perfect match of content and audience.
Knowing nerds and geeks and others of the tribe, Hardwick has written a book that will not only appeal to nerds, but motivate them in a way other books about self improvement won't. He speaks the language and leverages some of the shared culture to do it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with one caveat. In certain sections, especially the exercises, narration wasn't the best way to absorb the material. The content itself, the narration and the production, were all top notch.
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!
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.
Way different than I thought it would be. I had just re watched mandroid and wanted more. surprisingly insightful and useful info.