I was really looking forward to this, everything Augusten Burroughs writes is awesome- except for Wolf at the Table and this book.
This book is kind of like a lecture, which would be great because of who the author is.. but it's just so "talk, talk, talk". Maybe he could have shortened the chapters and still made his point.
Oh well, maybe next time. I won't give up on him.
The thing I enjoyed best about this book is the gritty realness of the message. It made me see my life threw the eyes of the author and question my way of thinking. I am listening to it for the second time to make sure it really sunk in.
Each chapter tackles issues that we all deal with at some point or another in our lives.
The chapter about dieting
The author describing preparing for his partner to die, and how he tried to do everything to be ready.
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.
This is different than his other works. it's seemed more personal and by that i mean preachy. there was some good stuff in there, and he's obviously still working through things in his life, this just felt different for some reason. his previous works came off as more of a story being told. This came off more as, well... preachy. i still liked it and found value in some of what he talked about. it's really hard to pin-point, but there was something just off about this. if you are looking to get this because you liked his previous works, be wary. that's all i'm saying.
found a way to make the voice of the author come across as a story being told, not something i'm being told. hard to explain, but... yeah.
I love Augusten. I have listened to his previous work, but his work comes off better as a story, and not as "this is how it is".
Trying to figure that out now. there were nuggets of wisdom here. thinking instead of jumping off a building, just finding a new city with a building i don't want to jump from.
I don't have any friends that need this type of help.
Yes, he is direct and to the point.
Never heard him be for.
Not really, at least on this subject.
I liked Augusten's telling like it is. I think to many people today feel sorry for themselves and are stuck in the doldrums, if they are willing to take Augusten's advice they could move on and be more productive in almost every aspect of life.
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.