This was surprisingly a very good self-help book; I am not saying that I didn’t think this book was going to be entertaining I just wasn’t sure that the advice he was going to give would be good. I am a big fan of Chris Hardwick and have been for awhile and even more so with his show the Talking Dead.
I really liked his nerdist way of self improvement I thought his advice for a character tome was great and XP points when you are on track, I thought this was a fun way to keep track of your successes. I thought his chapter on panic attacks was spot on and could tell he had truly gone through these to be able to explain them and how to overcome them was really good.
His very honest take on his alcoholism and how he quit drinking were very inspirational even though these stories were told with humor. I was a little surprised in the chapters about working out and nutrition just because us nerds are not known for being very fit and now I want to see Chris with his shirt off and see just how well all this exercising is working!
I really enjoyed this audiobook and Chris Hardwick’s narration, I do think you need to already be a fan of Chris to enjoy it though because of the way he talks and emphasizes certain things because I am a fan I could “see’ him saying these things and know how he puts himself across. But I think if you have bought this book I would guess you are already a fan of Chris. I think this was the way to read this book because of Chris’s delivery of the words he’s written.
I rarely (never) read self-help but this is the best I have found because his humorous honesty is perfect and I could actually see myself using some of the tenants he sets out in this book.
Starting my day with 100 XP thanks Chris!
Hardwick's advise for fellow "Nerdists" is an excellent kick in the pants to use our powers for good (self improvement) instead of evil (self pity). All of his ideas are simple to implement and can vastly change lives. Even integrating one suggestion into your life should have a profound impact. Highly recommended.
Much more of a self help book than a biography. Closer to Tim Ferriss' 4-Hour Workweek and 4-Hour Body.
If you have listened to any of his Podcasts, you know his tome and speed.
The financial and cluster sections closer to the end. And the overall tone to not be afraid to fail.
The workout is probably best read instead of heard.
Certainly not for everyone, crass, nerdy, irreverent, and funny. A few sections were slow but 90% of it was quick witted. I found myself laughing out loud in the car - especially funny if you play it at 2x speed as Chris Hardwick (narrated by the author) talks fast anyway and it makes him sound like he's on a manic rant.
Disclaimer: If you don't know what a MMO or RPG is, or have no background in tech or geek culture, you will probably spend most of your time thinking.... "what in the hell is he talking about?" and I would recommend that you pass on this one.
A perfect manual for getting your Geek life in order. Chris did a good job translating the concepts of many professional and personal self help books and applying it to the Nerd culture. The ideas are presented in an entertaining way that keeps you listening and best of all thinking (or doing). As far as self improvement books go, this one has landed in my personal top five. Warning: If you are easily offended by occasional profanity, sexual innuendo, philosophical religious commentary or just suffer from a closed mind, do not purchase this book. Go buy The 7 Habits by Stephen Covey. Is the plural of Zebra, Zebrae?
Targeted to the Nerd subculture.
Chris is a cross between a motivational speaker and a night at the comedy club.
Laughing so hard that I had to pull off to the side of the road many, many times.
You won't be disappointed. This book even got my 14 year old off his Xbox/PC and doing things to improve his life.
People who are really wasting all their time playing video games and having low self esteem.
Be practical more. And cut the motivational crap.
almost everything. This is not my style. 1 hr into it and all I want to do is return it.
Totally not my style. Wish I knew this going in. Other reviews didn't reflect the way overuse of D&D and RPG references. When I saw NERD I though Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Not a role playing gamer comedian.
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