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We Learn Nothing Audiobook

We Learn Nothing: Essays

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Publisher's Summary

In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays leave us with newfound wisdom and a unique prism through which to examine our own chaotic journeys through life. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.

©2012 Tim Kreider (P)2014 Seneca and Marcus LLC

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    Warren Taryle 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Shouldn't have been written but glad it was"

    Some good stories some not so good. All in all though worth reading. The author too often assumes his own thoughts and motivations are the same as everyone else's he therefore applies motives to groups of people he clearly doesn't understand. This gets annoying and gives him an elitist air about him. All that said I am still happy that I listened to the book and would enjoy hanging out with him at the oyster bar he seems to like so well.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Carlson Chofor Chimangha 12-07-15
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    "Exceptionally Beuatiful."

    Tim's book is mind-blowing. The fact that he succeeds to narrate it in such a tone of voice that brings out all the intense emotions he regular convers in his writing is even further awesome. As one critic accurately put it, the stories Tim tells are some of the kind you only have with a best friend or a complete stranger, in a quiet bar, around closing time!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angel D. 12-30-15
    Angel D. 12-30-15

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    "depressing."

    Sigh, I could not get past chapter 4. This is depressing and somewhat whiny. Sorry I can't be nicer here.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jason russo 06-06-15
    jason russo 06-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good"

    A very good collection of essays. I found them funny, thought-provoking, sad at times, but enjoyable. Kreider does a good job narrating as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 04-05-15
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    "A fantastic listen!"

    The authors profound insights into himself and his experiences reached me on a very personal level. I laughed hysterically and even shed some tears thinking of my own experience. Thank you Tim Ferris for this recommendation.

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    Preston roberts 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing book"

    loved it. his story telling ability perfectly captures things we all think... he just has a way of shining light on them

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    Garrick Andrew 10-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining, but gets overly self involved."

    Hilarious, but Tim is endlessly self-indulgent and seems to learn nothing by the end! And his attempts to wax philosophical come across as excessively selfish and arrogant, even for the context.

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    Meghann McGrath 06-05-15
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    "Amazing"

    This book is great. You know it's good when an author gets into your head and changes the way you think. I recommend this book to anybody who wants to squeeze the juice out of life.

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    joshua k sabraw Portland, OR, US 04-06-15
    joshua k sabraw Portland, OR, US 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartfelt work of genius"

    Tim does a great job describing many ethereal and ubiquitous aspects of modern life, down to survivalist vs the lazy and love in all forms.

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    K.Leigh 07-27-16
    K.Leigh 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVE"

    I haven't read something like this in a long time - something that made me laugh out loud (often before the tears had dried from the previous essay or thought), while also making me really think about the big things in life (friendship, biology, gender, empathy).
    This is a collection of essays. It's almost like being in the author's mind as he recounts and reflects on different moments in his life. It is not that he is offering up advice based on these moments, but rather revealing his own (often flawed) responses, thought processes and flat out confusion. It's intensely raw, and I found myself looking at my own life events, wondering how I would react to the same situations. He invites that way of thinking with his self-deprecation and easy writing style. I am delighted that I came across this gem, and it will most certainly be a repeat listen book for me.

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    "Could not stop listening."
    Would you consider the audio edition of We Learn Nothing to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Learn Nothing?

    Too many to remember one


    What does Tim Kreider bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The right intonation


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A cried a few times


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    Can't wait for another of his audiobooks!

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    "A genuine treat"

    An honest account of the things life can throw at us. Learnt about this through the Tim Ferriss Podcast and glad I gave it a go.

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    "Thought provoking"

    Didn't really know east to expect from this book. It took a while for me to get into it, but then I started to enjoy the stories. Very funny, clever vocabulary, and very thought provoking.

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  • drleehw
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    "Superb and insightful"

    Unsurpassed insight into the human condition communicated with wit and humility. A 'must listen' audiobook.

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  • R. Worth
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    5/26/15
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    "Thought provoking and funny"

    An engrossing and engaging look back by the author at his life. I meant to listen to a little a day over a month but got sucked in and blasted through in a very few days. If you like to think, ponder or dissect what life is all about then this is for you.

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  • George Rankin
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    "Life perspective"

    A lot of this really put my life in perspective in a good and bad and hilarious way. 10/10. The first chapter and one about being angry should be listened to by everyone.

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    "Beautifully Honest"

    Loved the smart and honest reflections on life matters. A very pleasant listen. Great narrator too.

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  • Lawyer man
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    "You'll want to give this book to friends"

    What a wonderful book. Never before have I known a writer so perfectly capture what it means to be human, with all our weirdness, imperfections and beauty. It translates well to audiobook, although Tim's delivery may be a little dry and too-cool-for-school for some.

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    "Sitting in on a great philosophical bar room chat"

    Sitting in on a great, philosophical, bar room chat, just the right number of drinks in.

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    "insightfull"

    takes you places you did not expect and reinvigorate your perspective. at times a bit flat, but touches on things important

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