Danny Wallace had been staying in. Far too much. Having been dumped by his girlfriend, he really wasn't doing the young, free and single thing very well. Instead he was avoiding people. Texting them instead of calling them. Calling them instead of meeting them. That is until one fateful date when a mystery man on a late-night bus told him to 'say yes more'. These three simple words changed Danny's life forever. Yes Man is the story of what happened when Danny decided to say YES to everything, in order to make his life more interesting. And boy, did it get more interesting.
This is the tie-in audiobook that goes with the 2008 film of the Danny Wallace book - Yes Man - starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, which is being released by Warner Bros in December 2008.
Great listen. Very funny and interesting story. Good to have the author read the book, its also read very well.
I highly recommend.
I bought this audio book in preperation for watching the movie with my wife.
I listened to the book over a few days when I was working away from home, staying in hotels...
It is amazing, there are so many things in the book that everyone will relate to.
I was so so so excited when i went to see the movie with my wife after hearing this great book.
The movie is good, but it is incomparible to the genius that is this book.
I recomend everyone gets this book. It is 10000% better than the movie!
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What did you like best about this story?
manages to be both funny and inspiring
Have you listened to any of uncredited’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Good performance by Danny Wallace
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The whole thing inspired me to say yes to a few opportunities I would normally turn down.
Any additional comments?
Unfortunately the abridged audio book cuts out loads. I bought this as I had enjoyed the original book a while ago and wanted to hear the story again without taking time to read the whole thing. There is so much good content cut though. Some of the stuff that is cut is so essential to the main plot too. They even changed a big part of the ending. Buy the book instead!
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Firstly, I want to say that this book is at times quite witty and well read. However, I do not agree with other reviewers that it was a 'life changing' experience or anything close. The whole book can be summed up in the mantra that the book itself states so frequently - 'say yes more'. If that advice is life changing than I must be missing something.
I did enjoy parts of the book, but other parts were slow, repetitive and fairly predictable. The fact that this is supposedly a true story gave it some interest, but ultimately I found it quite a laboured journey and one that was fairly un-satisfying in the finish. I suppose if it actually was a true story than that is why nothing more incredible happened. I was expecting something more akin to 'The Dice Man' by Luke Rhinehart (an excellent read by the way).
Anyway, to sum up - it is an OK book. (It passed the time on a long drive to Scotland in my case.) However, I would not really recommend it. Sorry Danny, but it?s a Maybe from me rather than a Yes.
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I feel a bit left out of the hype, as when I told my friends that I was listening the this book the other day, they all started ranting and raving about how 'life-changing' and profound it is, although I didn't find it so significant...perhaps because I generally say yes to most things anyway, as long as they sound like fun!
However I did find it a gentle and easy listen, read well by the author and with some moments that made me smile and even laugh.
The audiobook's heart is definitely in the right place and its principals are wonderful, although I just felt there was something missing somehow...though every listener would definitely do well to take away the ethos of this audiobook and start to smile, perform random acts of kindness and declare a big fat YES more!
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The Yes Man has always had a negative connotation. The man who says yes to the boss despite how imbecilic his plan is, the person who the tyrant/dictator will state his wicked plan, and the Yes man will agree, The Emperor's new clothes advisor, who despite knowing the emperor was naked, still said yes - you look great. This book is not about this type of YES man. NB: With spouses, especially if u have a female spouse - YES - is important if they ask u - do I look good in this.
Preamble: This reviewer is 10x more adventurous than the writer, so I find most of the experiences he undertakes a bit of a yawn. I have done in one year - marathon/tough mudder/triathlon/visit Europe/visit Himalayas while holding down a real job and having a family. I think people who have busy schedules and multiple projects, may not benefit from the point of this story.
Vs Movie - Movie (starring Jim Carrey) is more entertaining, in my opinion, but the book is more realistic and has its moments.
Who will love this book - People who have become isolated, alone, had a recent breakup, or recent depression will benefit from the philosophy of this book. It is starting point to re-engaging life, which I applaud.
The book - A light hearted story of a man after getting dumped by his girlfriend who spirals into a isolated existence, undertakes a program of saying Yes to every opportunity. The story takes part in a year of his life. It explains his motivation, his highs, his lows, and the transformation he undertakes.
Is it funny? - Kinda.
Is the written book better - I don't know as I have not read it, and will not. Normally if I like a audiobook and it is abridged, I will always try to get the full version, but this book has left me uninspired.
Should you get it? See above, but to contradict the book - NO - if u r like me, YES if u need to take more chances in life.
Books better than this? This is a story of transformation, that offers a path you yourself can undertake. Other transformation books which I thoroughly enjoyed (more than this) -
(1) Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
(2) Neil Strauss book's - NOTE ADULT HUMOUR
(a) The Game - The story of how a nerd became a outgoing ladies man.
(b) Emergency - The story about how a journalist become a survivalist(and the skills you need to learn and how), to ultimately a person who will help people survive (volunteer emergency medical helper).
(c) The Truth - The story of a ladies man who learns how to be committed to one girl
Note: If you want to learn how to say no - watch Elliot Hulse - Be more aggressive - on youtube.
Yes Man is one of my favourite books so I'm sad that only the abridged version is available. Please release the full book in audio.
...so loved the film! And promised I was going to read the book... does listening to audio count? story is way different from the movie, but I liked it! loved it even, got to say, it's a very passionately told story... I'd recommend it!
love this book!! what an amazing story read by the man Danny wallace.
a great read for anybody.
I laughed, I cried, and I squealed so loudly my flatmate had to check I was okay.
That's it. . . . . . . . . . well done Danny x