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Adulting Audiobook

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

If you graduated from college but still feel like a student...if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store...if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean...it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way. Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog, Adulting makes the scary, confusing "real world" approachable, manageable - and even conquerable.
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Publisher's Summary

If you graduated from college but still feel like a student...if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store...if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean...it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog, Adulting makes the scary, confusing "real world" approachable, manageable - and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay, and along the way you will learn:

  • What to check for when renting a new apartment - not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things
  • When a busy person can find time to learn more about the world - It involves the intersection of NPR and hair-straightening
  • How to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office - Imagine your coworkers having plastic, featureless doll crotches. It helps
  • The secret to finding a mechanic you love - or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind

From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.

©2013 Kelly Williams Brown (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-22-14
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Great for Young Adults"

    Great book, very funny and yet, very truthful and educational – even from a guys’ perspective, especially if that guy has a daughter in their late teens like I do. Well written and loved the narrator too. Also loved the comments on how adults never have vacation because you are doing twice the amount of work before and after while stressing about it during. So relatable!

    I’ve already purchased the hard copy version as well and can’t wait to recommend the book to my 18 year old daughter!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    ZenMuppet 06-15-13
    ZenMuppet 06-15-13

    Obsessed with Terry Pratchett's Discworld and the TV show The Big Bang Theory. LOVE books, especially audiobooks.

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    "Mandatory reading for 18 - 14 yr olds!"

    Adulting is a book of great, concise, useful information delivered in a realistic, approachable, and funny manner. Seriously, everyone in America should read this as a high school senior. It would have saved me A LOT of headaches (and embarrassment) if I had this book in high school or college. Even if you're a grown woman like me (I'm 37) you should read it for the laughs and nostalgia . . . and who knows, you might even learn a thing or two!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Topsham, Me, United States 06-19-13
    Catherine Topsham, Me, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny, relevant, and surprisingly helpful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Adulting the most enjoyable?

    I loved everything about this book. I bought it on a whim and with severe skepticism because I'm from the generation of current urban twenty-something's who feel too cool for "self-help" books. What a lucky impulse buy! It's hilarious, and feels more like chatting with a trusted older girl friend than a preachy or cheesy self help book. There are several one liners or tips from the book that keep popping into my head since I've read it, and I honestly feel like I learned helpful things from this book. If you like Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham, you will like Kelly Williams Brown, and you might even get motivated to actually have the oil changed in your car.


    What other book might you compare Adulting to and why?

    It reminded me of "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling, in tone and format, but of course to different purposes.


    Have you listened to any of Anjili Pal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I adored Anjili Pal's performance. She hit it perfectly, and she sounded like I was talking to a good girl friend. I kept having to remind myself that she was not in fact the actual author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES.


    Any additional comments?

    Hilarious. Honest. Helpful. Truthful. Witty.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 10-05-15
    Catherine 10-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Catchy title gives no insight to actual adulthood"
    Would you try another book from Kelly Williams Brown and/or Anjili Pal?

    This book would be cute for an 18 year old but not for 24 year old. The defining decade is much better recommendation


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    unsure


    What does Anjili Pal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Adulting?

    all of it


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RaeRae 09-04-15
    RaeRae 09-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "More educational than entertaining "

    I was expecting something fun and witty... Not someone seriously telling me how to be an adult... Learned a few useful things however, but it was a struggle to get to the end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Raeanne 06-10-15
    Raeanne 06-10-15
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    "Great Advice"

    For people who are preparing to move out of their parents home. The narrator is great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Jurado 04-21-15 Member Since 2015

    David

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    "I wish this was available when I was younger"

    Narrator did a great job keeping me engaged, fast pace kept me from getting bored. She acknowledged when an item was boring and promised better moving forward. The dialog with younger peers was well written and well presented. I wish this book were available when I was a younger adult. I wish it were available in Spanish as well.
    The only drawback of the book is that much of the advice is US centric so it may not translate well to other cultures, but the general message is great. It helps the young adult wake up and smell the coffee.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolina 03-29-15
    Carolina 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"
    Where does Adulting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    SO SO GOOD!
    One of my favorites audiobooks ever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adulting?

    “One of the most jolting days of adulthood comes the first time you run out of toilet paper. Toilet paper, up until this point, always just existed. And now it's a finite resource, constantly in danger of extinction, that must be carefully tracked and monitored, like pandas?”


    Have you listened to any of Anjili Pal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    “A slightly modified version of the Serenity Prayer: Lord, grant me the serenity to ignore the assholes I cannot avoid; The luck to avoid the ones I can; And the self-awareness not to be one myself”


    Any additional comments?

    MUST READ!

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    Karly 01-10-16
    Karly 01-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Snarky reader. Annoying tone."

    The book may be good but I got tired of listening to the reader. The snarky sarcastic tone of voice was obnoxious. I may have learned some basic tips but often wasn't in the mood for all the attitude.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clara 10-21-15
    Clara 10-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Literally laughing at that other review..."

    From the guy that was confused because he didn't think the book would actually explain how to be an adult. It's a good thing he had it on audiobook because obviously he can't read, that's exactly what this book is. It was super helpful for me, I learned how to sweep better and it gave me motivation to clean my house while I listened! It's pretty cute and funny too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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