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Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books.

To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

This Is How is his no-holds-barred book of advice on topics as varied as:

  • How to feel like crap
  • How to ride an elevator
  • How to be thin
  • How to be fat
  • How to find love· How to feel sorry for yourself
  • How to get the job
  • How to end your life
  • How to remain unhealed
  • How to finish your drink
  • How to regret as little as possible
  • And much more

Told with Burroughs's unique voice, black humor, and in-your-face advice, This is How is Running With Scissors - with recipes.

©2012 Augusten Inc. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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This is a little weird, but i love his work

What made the experience of listening to This Is How the most enjoyable?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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.

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

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".

What insight do you think you’ll apply from This Is How?

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.

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  • Rodney
  • DeLand, FL, United States
  • 07-05-12

If you like Dr. Phil you will like this.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't have any friends that need this type of help.

Would you be willing to try another book from Augusten Burroughs? Why or why not?

Yes, he is direct and to the point.

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

Never heard him be for.

Do you think This Is How needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really, at least on this subject.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Elisa
  • Cronulla, Australia
  • 06-27-12

Augusten Burroughs at his best

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.

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  • MM
  • Seattle, WA
  • 06-23-12

Not your typical Augusten Burroughs

What would have made This Is How better?

It could be funnier.....like the majority of his books. This one is more like a lecture then entertaining stories about his life.

What was most disappointing about Augusten Burroughs’s story?

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.

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This is worth listening to

What made the experience of listening to This Is How the most enjoyable?

It is real, it is different, it is good.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Touched by Augusten

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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.

Was This Is How worth the listening time?

Well worth a listen.

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  • Thomas
  • Portlaoise, Ireland
  • 06-20-12

Mixed bag

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.

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Not Augusten Burroughs' Best

What did you like best about This Is How? What did you like least?

I love Augusten Burroughs but this is not his best. Preachy rather than entertaining. It really IS a self-help book!

Would you ever listen to anything by Augusten Burroughs again?

Definitely yes.

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

He always reads well, but this is a pedantic book, read pedantically.

Did This Is How inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to respect sadness.

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  • Oliver
  • Aarau, Switzerland
  • 06-11-12

he talks a lot

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you want good entertaintment, listen to the book. If you are looking for knowledge or ways to improve your life, you might get disapointed. (though I've read a lot of self help books and maybe this is why not so much was apealing to me.

What was most disappointing about Augusten Burroughs’s story?

I expected more. The discpription felt so hipped up that I thought that there's more meat on the bone. I wrote down a few sentences but that's it.

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

nope

Did This Is How inspire you to do anything?

nope

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Enlightning, Funny and Honest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, have already to several friends. I wish I could buy a copy for my entire family.

What did you like best about this story?

It was brutally honest. Straight talk about life.

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

I have listened to several. He seems so open and fun during performances. He's enjoyable even talking about serious issues. It was exactly the type of book I needed.

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

I did not plan to listen at one sitting, but I did.

Any additional comments?

Loved it.