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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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    Sam D. Burbank, CA USA 10-14-16
    Sam D. Burbank, CA USA 10-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Chris Hardwick yells at you for six hours."
    What would have made The Nerdist Way better?

    Calm down, dude! There are a few genuinely useful life hacks in here, but having this shrill stage-level performance in my earphones made them hard to digest. Pretty obnoxious tenor throughout. Also, web addresses, email headers, and math formulae really don't work as spoken word, like at all. Tedious.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Hardwick?

    A conversational version of Chris Hardwick.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I particularly liked Chris' candor about his alcoholism and how getting sober changed his life.


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    Ron Robey Tucson, AZ, US 10-21-17
    Ron Robey Tucson, AZ, US 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome-tacular!"

    Hardwick is awesome and his insights in this book are fantastic. He provides excellent insights and practices that can be put in to practice immediately. What he offers doesn’t need to be taken as a “change everything about you today” approach - in fact, he encourages you to take some action now, but to know that change happens over time. Great book, awesome listen....100% worth the price of admission.

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    B. Hardy 10-08-17
    B. Hardy 10-08-17
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    "Great!"

    Didn’t really know the author. Decided to pick up the book on a whim and very glad I did! He is hilarious (bookmarked his Doc Brown speech to make everyone I know listens to it.) I plan to make my son listen to it before he goes off to college. Highly recommended.

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    R. MCRACKAN Raleigh, NC 10-03-17
    R. MCRACKAN Raleigh, NC 10-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny and at times helpful"

    I'm more impressed by Hardwick's intentions than I am about the execution. He's a funny guy and he thrives as an interviewer. I really didn't know whether his shtick would work at all solo. Mostly it does. Some parts are more entertaining than others, some parts are more dry (especially the entire 2nd section).

    There's some good advice but nothing too special. The thing I'm most impressed with is that here's a guy who sees his own personal narrative as someone who sank low, found his way up, is currently enjoying great success, and his reaction is to try to help others do the same with kindness and empathy. That's a pretty amazing message and I'm so glad he wants to pull others up with him. As he often disclaims, he's no expert, but he has some personal experiences which worked for him and he's trying to give this gift to others. Kudos!

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    James M. Patton 10-02-17
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    "Beyond Fantastic!! Beats every "Self Help" book!"

    My specialty during graduate school was dissecting and writing about "Self Help" books, especially a field known as "Emotional Intelligence" or "EQ", which emotionally offsets your better known "IQ".

    I have read Covey, Goldman, you name it, I have not only read it, but have written lectures for my professors as part of how I paid for graduate school.

    That said, this book is by far the most applicable, most real world, and by God, most enjoyable "Self Help" book as well as a great case study on taking a human being from the edge of failure to massive success I have ever had the joy to read. And of course, getting to hear Chris Hardwick read it to you with added notes for the audio version is a true gift.

    I would put this book and director Kevin Smith's "Tough Shit" together as a companion set of great, inspirational, self help books that are true to life with what we face today. While Smith's book is more life story, "The Nerdist Way" is not only Hardwick's life story, but is literally a checklist of what you can do to better any part of your life.

    Anyone who knows the current success level of Chris Hardwick circa 2017 (work, marriage, memorabilia collection, etc, etc) you know that Chris has what appears to be a blessed life. As this book will tell you, it is not just a blessed life, it is a hard earned life based on changes he made and things he did to come back from the brink of obscurity.

    I cannot stress this enough. I have literally spent years of my life reading and dissecting self help books. If you are going to read any book in that genre and expect it to actually do you any good, it is this book. Absolutely love that after all these years I could find a refreshing and very applicable book on this topic.

    Thank you Chris Hardwick and we will see you on the 472 shows that you host!!! (Oh, 471, they cancelled "Talking Oprah" when it went off national tv).

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    Shawn Pen Orlando Florida 09-11-17
    Shawn Pen Orlando Florida 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Who doesn't love Chris Hardwick?"

    Well I just listened to this whole book while hurricane Irma tried to rip my roof off. Yes, I'm sitting here surrounded by drip buckets laughing at Chris Hardwick. I've always enjoyed everything he did so I knew this audio book would be no different. The reason I gave it 4 stars overall instead of 5 was certain parts felt like filler, like when he describes his workout rep by rep. That being said I would (and will) recommend this book to everyone!

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    Karen Erb 08-29-17
    Karen Erb 08-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Nerdist Way:How to reach the next level in real life"

    I just listened to this audiobook narrated by Chris Hardwick. It was mind blowing. I wish this book was around 30 years ago when I had a chance to make my life better. So many topics I can relate to. I passed it on to my 20 something children. I think you have made a great impact on the world and this book will certainly bring you further. Thank you so much for sharing your life and how you got there with us.
    Sincerely,
    Is very grateful mom. Aka @Joemama 6_2
    Karen Erb

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    Elizabeth Hagen 08-25-17
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    "This is not the book you're looking for."

    It felt as though he was speaking at warp speed for no particular reason. I also didn't love the (I hope, unintentional) random sexist jokes- women can be nerds too there sparky. He wrote from his perspective- white male- and didn't include the other types of nerds out there. His privilege was showing throughout the entire book.

    Then there’s the workout/diet portion. If I wanted to read a workout or diet book, I would have bought one of those. The general talk about how he got a trainer and easing into a routine was good, but the chapters about working out and dieting… not necessary.

    He mostly spewed out bits of self-help info that he's picked up over the years. Kind of like a parrot, actually. It read more as "look at me I'm so awesome" than Hardwick guiding the reader on "how to reach the next level."

    I can't recommend this book. But there is still hope in his podcast.

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    Kyle 08-18-17
    Kyle 08-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So close to really good."

    I was familiar with Chris Hardwick. I had held the opinion that he was an interloper into nerd culture. I mean, he hosted a dating show on MTV, he had to be a cool kid. But I found him to be very likeable and a bona fide nerd in his book. His story of purposely changing his life was very interesting and could have been embellished more if he had dared. The book bogs down in the middle and becomes a workout book. The training tips were the average stuff in Men's Health books and magazines, not really adding something new and the book would have been better suited with more anecdotes about Chris's personal experiences with exercise. That big portion of the book may be easier in a book form because you can just skip the instruction parts the get to the story, but it is a lot of boring in an audio book.
    Not a bad listen if it is on discount because it feels like half an audio book.

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    Tremayne 08-07-17
    Tremayne 08-07-17
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    "My nerdist experience"

    overall the book was great I loved the implementation of nerd culture and lingo but I felt the fitness section went a bit long.

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    6/6/16
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    "Enjoy your burrito!"

    Seriously a great book for getting your life on track, but buy the hard copy.

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  • LB7979
    12/8/14
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    "Great"
    What did you like most about The Nerdist Way?

    Very recognizable for nerds and it is so funny! I really enjoyed listening to Chris Hardwick (the fact that the author himself speaks is a big bonus too). The book consists of three parts: one about the mind, one about the body, and one about organizing your time and stuff. The way he explained about how the mind works (specifically, the nerd mind) was an eye-opener. Good tips for organizing your life too, in the third part of the book. But all the exersizes in the "Body" part of the book didn't come to life in audio form. Fortunately, I liked this audiobook so much that I bought the paperback version to take fully advantage of the fitness exersizes in the book.


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