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Publisher's Summary

In the current cultural narrative of rules for behavior and interaction, The Code is a refreshing examination of the guidelines that can keep young men from making mistakes. Even when the consequences of those mistakes may not become relevant or public for years. The Code is an indispensable collection of honorable rules to live by.

Boys will listen and learn from it. "Guys" should be guided by these rules to become men. Men should give it as gifts to those who can still use a little extra help. Women should listen to it to see the world through a man's eyes. It is written with a pleasing mix of reasoned argument and personal anecdotes, intelligent language and good humor, and a feminine perspective on each of the rules which add depth to the conversation.

The Code is a refreshing change from a culture in which values and ethical stances are routinely dumbed down to five-second sound bites and bumper-sticker slogans.

©2017 Carolyn Strauss (P)2018 Carolyn Strauss

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Common sense for future Manly Men

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

No this book is pure unmitigated B.S.

Would you recommend The Code: A Man's Rules for Living Life, Having Fun, and Getting Dressed to your friends? Why or why not?

Only to the so called friends I did not like.Put a young man on the streets of any major city of the world and he will learn more about being a man then this book.

Have you listened to any of Jack Dale and Carolyn Strauss ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but they are good narrators.

Could you see The Code: A Man's Rules for Living Life, Having Fun, and Getting Dressed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Are you kidding. It took a very good snow job to get any publisher to agree to publish this crap.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Walnut Creek, CA United States
  • 04-25-18

The Man Code

Any additional comments?

I like the concept behind this book; namely, providing the listener with set of guidelines for how a man ought to conduct himself in life and in the world (i.e. The Code). Many rules that made up The Code were quite good (My personal favorite: "If you don't know who the pigeon is, it's you."). Unfortunately, some of the rules were duds and/or obvious (e.g. "Set high standards; marginal performance is unacceptable"). All of the rules were readily understandable, except for one that took me a few rewinds to fully comprehend: "What cannot be changed must be borne" (Translation: Use compartmentalization if you are forced to endure incredibly painful/difficult situations).

Overall, I found this audiobook thought-provoking and interesting. However, I wonder to what extent it was incomplete. In other words: which "rules" were missing from The Code"? Which rules would I otherwise include?

Aside from all of this, the narrator spoke clearly and was enjoyable to listen to.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.