I bought this audiobook based purely on the fact that I love Augusten's writing and view of the world. And I wasn't disappointed. Although I was not looking for a self help book, Augusten has such a great perspective on the world that there are insights in this book that have made me look at the world and myself in a completely different way. This is no usual self help book, but rather a man who's gone through it all, come out the other side and telling it like it really is.
I love that the author narrates this audiobook. As this is advice from his very personal experience, he's able to give life to his witty writing.
I listened to this right through in a very short time as it was riveting, and have now dipped back into it to re-listen to chapters that really resonated with me. I don't think this book will ever be deleted from my smart phone - this is a great book to listen to on public transport. You'll alight at the other end of your trip a much more alive person.
It could be funnier.....like the majority of his books. This one is more like a lecture then entertaining stories about his life.
I have read most of his books and loved them all, I was sad to see that this story was not his usual type. However it was my fault for not researching that this was not his standard memoir style writing.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
It is real, it is different, it is good.
Augusten Burroughs talks from experience and real insight. I have been addicted to 'self help' books since 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' was put into my hands. Some help, most are a waste of time. This book is an unwelcome gush of fresh air.
You could listen to this in one sitting, but it is best to listen to a chapter and digest it. Play around with the ideas and see how you could apply his logic and knowledge to your life.
Take responsibility for your life by listening to this book. Take on the ideas presented and start to build a life that is living now. His advice is good.
Mother,Lover,Counselor,Parent Adviser, Reader, Writer, Blogger, Thinker, Creator, Artist, Academic, Speaker, Motivator, Maker of Monumental Mistakes, Human Being.
I have already recommended this book to friends and clients; there is enough in it (enough touching, thoughtful and searingly sweet insight) to give most people who have faced or are facing life's letdowns and imperfections an affirming sense of camaraderie, confirmation and challenge to live life well and truthfully from a fellow human.
The overriding message is to be real, honest and to rigorously attend to what matters most in life- and seeing as how these things are yours for the choosing....well, you can't argue with that.
Well worth a listen.
The author gives his opinions on a range of topics. It was OK in places but I generally found it irritating to listen to and don't see myself listening to it again.
I love Augusten Burroughs but this is not his best. Preachy rather than entertaining. It really IS a self-help book!
He always reads well, but this is a pedantic book, read pedantically.
It inspired me to respect sadness.
Yes, have already to several friends. I wish I could buy a copy for my entire family.
It was brutally honest. Straight talk about life.
I have listened to several. He seems so open and fun during performances. He's enjoyable even talking about serious issues. It was exactly the type of book I needed.
I did not plan to listen at one sitting, but I did.
The writing is too pretentious to be able to be fixed. And the author puts out streams of made-up nonsense that he thinks is based on facts, but is actually just made up out of whole cloth.
His chapter on stopping drinking and fixing anorexia is a good example.
Honestly, he could have written something more like his earlier books. And not this stuff.
He has such a grating voice and only wearing a muffler might have helped.
I was annoyed by what he was saying and how he was saying it.
His other books, because he reads them.
Self Help affirmations are bs!
I will always be loyal to Mr. Burroughs.