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How to Ruin Everything Audiobook

How to Ruin Everything: Essays

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Publisher's Summary

"Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition." (Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical)

Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right?

In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy), yet all are delivered with the type of linguistic dexterity and self-awareness that has won Watsky more than 765,000 YouTube subscribers. Alternately ribald and emotionally resonant, How to Ruin Everything announces a versatile writer with a promising career ahead.

©2016 George Watsky (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    "Poetic writings of personal experiences"
    If you could sum up How to Ruin Everything in three words, what would they be?

    Genuine, poetic, personal


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

    Hearing the book in the author's own words really brought the stories to life and made it feel more personal


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It inspired me. It made me have more faith in myself that one day I could write out retellings of my own life experiences in a similar format.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle 06-17-16
    Danielle 06-17-16
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    "He's lying..."

    This book is far from ruined. In the days since making the purchase of this book, I've only put it down when I was absolutely required. Watsky's writes in a way that feels intimate and honest. And he reads as though he's telling a story to a friend. I was looking forward to a new album some day, now I'm hoping for more books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Klein II illinois 09-12-16
    David Klein II illinois 09-12-16 Member Since 2017

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    "George Watsky delivers"

    The book itself was great, a very enjoyable combination if essays about watsky's life.

    the audiobook cements my idea that all authors should offer an audiobook read by them. his enthusiasm as he reads his memories is perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel 06-16-16
    Nathaniel 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    Watsky is an amazing poet and author! I love this book, I enjoy his rap and was very excited to listen to this!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ChrisBel Salida CO 09-02-16
    ChrisBel Salida CO 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I dig it"

    the book is great on its own but also gives great background on a lot of his songs. I dig it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Safford 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book!"

    Entertaining, thoughtful, philosophical, and very funny! Good job Orhea. Did I ruin that spelling?

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    Tim 05-09-17
    Tim 05-09-17
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    "Great stories, hard to follow connections"

    This is a fantastically delivered audio book with great stories and writing, but there's seemingly no reason for the order or the connections of the various stories. The closing chapter is a fun short anecdote, but it doesn't tie everything together like I expected it to.

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    Joscelin & Jesse R. A. Washington DC 04-08-17
    Joscelin & Jesse R. A. Washington DC 04-08-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Enjoyable and easy"

    Easy and fun listen - not the top of my charts - but certainly worthwhile! :) so take a look!

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    Paul 02-28-17
    Paul 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    the author reading his own book really makes the book sound good. George Watsky has experience with vocal performance, so it is even better.

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    Simon 02-23-17
    Simon 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing storytelling"

    Watsky is just an amazing storyteller, I could listen to him all day. It's not just the story in it self but the rhythm of the words when he speaks them. Well done George, you didn't ruin this.

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    7/15/16
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    "I will light the world with this tiny glowing screen"

    I have been a fan of the author for many years now. Listening to as much of the music he has created as possible. Hunting for work with Anderson Paak, Kate Nash and Kush Mody. Plus anything else I could/can get my hands on, that I have not yet heard before.

    Ever since I heard Watsky on Table Talk, the YouTube show done by the SourceFed team. I have found his story's amazing and to hear some of them in more detail was great. Also the chance to see where some of his lyrics. I only wish there were more. I remember when this book was announced and I was hopping there would be an audio version (reading not being my strongest skill) so that I to could share in his tales, this audiobook has delivered.

    On finishing it for the first time I wanted to just start and listen to it again. It was really that good. So maybe Watsky's right. "When the sun burns out we'll light the world with tiny glowing screens" and on my screen will be this audiobook. 10/10

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  • Ryan
    7/11/16
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    "Extended Watsky Spoken Word"

    I'm a big fan of Watsky so when I saw this book I snapped it up. Like my title suggests; it was like an extended spoken word piece by the man himself. It had me chuckling at the tropes of his life and also left me with a sense that I was with him in all his adventure but a longing to have those adventures myself.

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  • Jarvis Shannon
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    "Every minute was a lesson"

    How to ruin everything is an outstanding lesson in lifes learning curve. I would highly recommend this book

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