Other than the Harry Potter series as read by Jim Dale, this is my favorite audiobook! Hardwick has such a dynamic storytelling voice, it felt like a conversation. He offers a perfect balance of humor, personal anecdotes, challenging truths and encouragement to the reader.
I like that Chris was vulnerable at times, telling the truth about his story. It's what gives me so much hope. He was so relatable, and made me feel like there was hope for me to turn my life around, too. I love that he doesn't just tell the reader what to do, he explains what worked for him and why. But he is also a cheerleader, and I couldn't help but believe he really was on my side as I listened.
I don't know about "scene", but the book is separated into 3 sections, and the 1st section was the most striking for me. There's a lot of good stuff to be found in the 2nd and 3rd sections as well, but the first section was amazing.
This book literally saved my life, so yes, I had an extreme reaction to it. I was in the process of planning when and how to end my life when someone told me about this book. I downloaded it immediately and stayed up all night listening to it. That night I decided that I wanted to live, and if I was going to live that I needed to let go of suicide as a viable option for me once and for all. (So when I say it "literally" changed my life, I mean it.)
I have been exposed to psychology all my life, both personally and professionally, as it was my chosen field of study. This book took the best of all of that and presented it in a way that was accessible and relatable. It felt like it was written just for me, using my humor and my language. It was motivating and it gave me hope.
The book made me laugh AND cry. I've listened to it several times and I really love it. It has so much great stuff in it!
I found myself taking so many notes that I broke down and ordered a hard copy before I even finished the audiobook that first night. Of course, 3-5 days shipping seemed like an eternity to me at the time, so I *also* ordered a copy for my Nook the same day. I have benefitted so much from this book that I also ordered a hard copy for my therapist!
Shortly after this book came into my life I found that Hardwick was scheduled to do standup in SLC, which is about 9 hours from me. I planned a trip and drove out to see him. He didn't do a meet and greet that night, but I took a chance and sent him a Tweet letting him know how far I had traveled to meet him. He DM'ed me back and invited me to the green room to meet him after the show. He was so gracious and sweet, signing my book and my Character Tome, snapping a few selfies with me and giving me a few hugs. I got to tell him that he saved my life, which genuinely seemed to touch him, and give him a small gift I made for him. I'm a big fan of his, and I really believe that he's a genuinely nice guy. This book is full of his personality and has a lot of balanced, encouraging information!
Neil's delivery of the material was perfect, of course.
I've been listening to a lot of celeb bios and I'd say Nick Offerman, believe it or not. Not exactly, as Nick didn't follow the CYOA style, but still similar in content.
He's very easy to listen to. There's enough animation in his voice to be interesting and inviting, but not so much as to be annoying or take attention away from the story. Neil just has great timing and inflection.
As much as I loved it (and I do love it), the Choose Your Own Adventure aspect makes the audiobook hard to follow. I love the idea and will probably buy an actual copy of the book, but it just struggles as an audiobook. Neil's performance makes up for it, but you can expect at least a few, "Wait, what?" moments.
It's okay. I enjoyed a lot of the story, but the ghostwriter + someone else narrating it makes it harder to really connect it to Todd. It just feels a little... removed. But I still enjoyed it.
Overall, enjoyable, but it's only about a 3.5 on a 5 point scale.
Offerman has such a fantastic delivery, so it's so easy to listen to. But my absolute favorite part? When he talks about Megan. It's fantastic. (And also when he giggles his man giggle.)
Nick has such amazing control over his voice. It's fantastic to hear him read it, and, of course, the giggling.
Yes! I didn't, of course, with a 10 hour book, but I really enjoyed it and never felt fatigued by it.
I thought this might be a good book to give to my dad for Christmas, and I'm very thankful I listened to it first. It's not what I expected and probably not a story that fits in my relationship with my father. It's still one of the best books I've ever listened to. It's outstanding. I have zero regrets about buying this one, other than my waiting so long to do so.
Heartwarming, sweet, well-read.
Anytime she talks about Seth, or Seth talks about her, is beautiful. I really enjoyed this little cross over.
I've only really heard Amy on shows she has been on, but thankfully we are spared her silly voices that can be, um, grating at times. Instead, her reading is pleasant and easy to listen to. If you close your eyes you can almost imagine that you're at a sleepover with Amy and a bunch of friends, listening to her tell stories late into the night. I really enjoyed it.
None of the stories are particularly shocking or scandalous, in fact, most are sweet and awkward and sometimes easy to relate to. She took me back to my own awkward adolescence more than a few times.
Amy speaks so easily about everything from her time at SNL to having babies to weathering her divorce to a perspective-changing trip to Haiti. This book was lovely to listen to, and it made me wish my commute was a little longer because I was never ready to turn it off. I look forward to listening to it again. I highly recommend it!
Honest, uncensored hilarity.
I can't think of any, but if you have listened to any of Smith's Q&A's, you'll know pretty much what to expect from this book. He's honest, he's vulgar, and he tells his story in a way that only he could.
Smith is a dynamic storyteller, and he does a great job reading his own material. I suspect I would have heard a lot of it in his "voice" had I read a hardcopy, but this was just great.
I really enjoyed this selection. It think it offers more to aspiring writers/film makers, but it was still a terrific listen for me. I've been a fan of his for years and years, so I knew what to expect. This might be a little too vulgar for those that aren't familiar with his stuff, though.
I haven't seen the print version, so I'm not sure I can accurately answer this, but I was a little disappointed in the audio version. I don't know if he was trying to compensate for his slight lisp (which I adore, btw) or if he was reacting to the feedback of others, but I felt like he was over-enunciating and it just sounded slightly awkward. I usually love his delivery during stand up, and this just felt a little more... robotic than that.
I loved his stories about being Jewish, and I really did appreciate his explanation of both growing up w/ a parent who forced pop psychology on him as well as how addiction takes you down. I can relate to both of those last two things!
In this book? Stiff, robotic, not natural. Usually, though, I love it!
No. I enjoyed it, but the stories began to be so similar after a while that I had to take breaks. But I loved coming back to it every time! I listened to it in about 3 days.
I thought the book was extremely powerful and I enjoyed it. Hands down, I really enjoyed it. I don't think it will be for everyone, but I related to it in a lot of ways and I learned a lot from it. I'm a huge fan of Moshe Kasher and will always support his efforts by buying his stuff or seeing him live when I can. Knowing more about his origin story has given me an even deeper appreciation of him and his humor and success. I grew up with a disabled parent. Even though she wasn't deaf, I can relate to A LOT of the things he says about her. And while my struggles in school were different, I also know what it's like to get lost in the system. And addiction... well, I know that one well, too. So this book was very dear to me in many ways.
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