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The Nerdist Way Audiobook

The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

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Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising.

Nerds subsist on the minutiae of their chosen passions. As a lifelong member of “The Nerd Herd,” as he calls it, Chris Hardwick has learned all there is to know about Nerds. He’s studied them, lived with them, and has endeavored to milk their knowledge nectar and isolate its curative powers for what ails you. Thus, he has founded a philosophical system (and blog) called The Nerdist, and here he shares his hard-earned wisdom about turning seeming weaknesses into world-dominating strengths. From keeping your heart rate below hummingbird levels to managing the avalanche of sadness that is your inbox, from ignoring your brain to attracting wealth by turning down work, Hardwick reveals the secrets that can help you accomplish what you want by tapping into your true nerdtastic self. The Nerdist Way shows how to focus your mind, body, and time into an unstoppable laser of goodness. Don’t wait for another social tragedy. Don’t resort to cheap “mass murder” tactics to exact your revenge on society. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way.

©2011 Chris Hardwick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Yehuda United States 05-02-13
    Yehuda United States 05-02-13
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    "Great self motivation book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Nerdist Way the most enjoyable?

    Hardwick covers several great areas of self help to encourage nerds to get off the couch and keep themselves motivated and healthy. Since he comes from the same place as his intended audience there's a true sense of honesty and authenticity to his message.

    Must read for any nerd languishing in couch-dom.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miro Adamy 06-18-12
    Miro Adamy 06-18-12
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    "It's OK - if you are nerd that likes standup"
    Would you try another book from Chris Hardwick and/or Chris Hardwick?

    Probably.


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

    This is no fiction, so there is no story to end :-)


    What aspect of Chris Hardwick’s performance would you have changed?

    I would tune it down a little and use a bit less profanity.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It would not make sense make movie from this topic


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Nunaley 04-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Self Help with a twist"
    If you could sum up The Nerdist Way in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, motivational, nerd-friendly


    What did you like best about this story?

    The understanding of how the nerd mind functions.


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

    This is the first audiobook, I listen to his podcasts regularly, his reading of the book was more forced and not real compared to the podcasts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let your evil genius shine


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 01-23-12
    Randy 01-23-12
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    "Very fast paced"
    What did you like best about The Nerdist Way? What did you like least?

    Material is good but very fast paced
    The author is at least a generation younger than me and language is semi-foreign


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chris is a comedian and entertainer - he makes it interesting.


    What three words best describe Chris Hardwick’s performance?

    Fast, blunt, correct


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Nerdist Way?

    Young person looking for their place in this world


    Any additional comments?

    I did not complete the book and may not complete.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 03-21-13
    MissSusie66 03-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "100 XP Points!"

    This was surprisingly a very good self-help book; I am not saying that I didn’t think this book was going to be entertaining I just wasn’t sure that the advice he was going to give would be good. I am a big fan of Chris Hardwick and have been for awhile and even more so with his show the Talking Dead.

    I really liked his nerdist way of self improvement I thought his advice for a character tome was great and XP points when you are on track, I thought this was a fun way to keep track of your successes. I thought his chapter on panic attacks was spot on and could tell he had truly gone through these to be able to explain them and how to overcome them was really good.

    His very honest take on his alcoholism and how he quit drinking were very inspirational even though these stories were told with humor. I was a little surprised in the chapters about working out and nutrition just because us nerds are not known for being very fit and now I want to see Chris with his shirt off and see just how well all this exercising is working!

    I really enjoyed this audiobook and Chris Hardwick’s narration, I do think you need to already be a fan of Chris to enjoy it though because of the way he talks and emphasizes certain things because I am a fan I could “see’ him saying these things and know how he puts himself across. But I think if you have bought this book I would guess you are already a fan of Chris. I think this was the way to read this book because of Chris’s delivery of the words he’s written.

    I rarely (never) read self-help but this is the best I have found because his humorous honesty is perfect and I could actually see myself using some of the tenants he sets out in this book.

    Starting my day with 100 XP thanks Chris!

    4 Stars

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Lewisville, TX, United States 08-13-12
    Brett Lewisville, TX, United States 08-13-12
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    "Using Your Nerd Powers for Good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hardwick's advise for fellow "Nerdists" is an excellent kick in the pants to use our powers for good (self improvement) instead of evil (self pity). All of his ideas are simple to implement and can vastly change lives. Even integrating one suggestion into your life should have a profound impact. Highly recommended.


    What other book might you compare The Nerdist Way to and why?

    Much more of a self help book than a biography. Closer to Tim Ferriss' 4-Hour Workweek and 4-Hour Body.


    What about Chris Hardwick’s performance did you like?

    If you have listened to any of his Podcasts, you know his tome and speed.


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

    The financial and cluster sections closer to the end. And the overall tone to not be afraid to fail.


    Any additional comments?

    The workout is probably best read instead of heard.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12
    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Crass, Nerdy, Irreverent, and Funny"

    Certainly not for everyone, crass, nerdy, irreverent, and funny. A few sections were slow but 90% of it was quick witted. I found myself laughing out loud in the car - especially funny if you play it at 2x speed as Chris Hardwick (narrated by the author) talks fast anyway and it makes him sound like he's on a manic rant.

    Disclaimer: If you don't know what a MMO or RPG is, or have no background in tech or geek culture, you will probably spend most of your time thinking.... "what in the hell is he talking about?" and I would recommend that you pass on this one.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 06-22-12
    Nathan 06-22-12
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    "Motivation for Nerds that will make you laugh."
    What made the experience of listening to The Nerdist Way the most enjoyable?

    A perfect manual for getting your Geek life in order. Chris did a good job translating the concepts of many professional and personal self help books and applying it to the Nerd culture. The ideas are presented in an entertaining way that keeps you listening and best of all thinking (or doing). As far as self improvement books go, this one has landed in my personal top five. Warning: If you are easily offended by occasional profanity, sexual innuendo, philosophical religious commentary or just suffer from a closed mind, do not purchase this book. Go buy The 7 Habits by Stephen Covey. Is the plural of Zebra, Zebrae?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Targeted to the Nerd subculture.


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

    Chris is a cross between a motivational speaker and a night at the comedy club.


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

    Laughing so hard that I had to pull off to the side of the road many, many times.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed. This book even got my 14 year old off his Xbox/PC and doing things to improve his life.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alaa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-01-12
    Alaa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-01-12
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    "Don't waste your time in this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are really wasting all their time playing video games and having low self esteem.


    What could Chris Hardwick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Be practical more. And cut the motivational crap.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment.


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    bodhiram 03-03-17
    bodhiram 03-03-17
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    "Decent"

    My review is definitely affected by my preconceived notion that the whole book would be like chapters 20 through 24.

    I wanted a book about how to be motivated and how to start a business. That seemed like a small fraction of what this book is about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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