The Art of Asking

The Art of Asking

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Reveals how the author has used the power of social networking to meet basic survival needs, make friends, and strengthen communities by raising awareness and funds.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781478982883
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (approximately 11.5 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.
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WoodneathReads
Sep 20, 2018

This is one of my all time favorite books and one I recommend to almost anyone. Even if you don't like Amanda Palmer's music or creative aspirations the message in the book of acceptance and community is inspiring. Her humor and candid voice keeps her outlandish stories completely down to earth and relatable. -- Jenny (See more of my picks by following WoodneathJenny)

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WoodneathJenny
Aug 15, 2018

This is one of my all time favorite books and one I recommend to almost anyone. Even if you don't like Amanda Palmer's music or creative aspirations the message in the book of acceptance and community is inspiring. Her humor and candid voice keeps her outlandish stories completely down to earth and relatable.

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CHRISTI_14
Oct 26, 2017

Very inspiring woman. I was drawn to the title as I too have difficulty asking for myself; asking for others not a problem.
I now want to track down Amanda's music and art, it sounds intriguing. Picked up a book of short stories by Neil Gaiman, read a couple of the stories so far.... interesting, makes me think and I like that.

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JessicaTB
Aug 11, 2017

Unexpectedly inspiring. It was recommended to me so I read it. Amazing! It IS hard for me to ask for help and this has opened my eyes a little wider.

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RussWill
Dec 04, 2016

Audiobook has some music. Strange type of book to class. Definitely more "autobiography" than anything , but with the intent of letting the reader develop his or her own understanding from the author's (very personal) insight. Open and honest to a degree I can't describe.

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VigilanteReads
Nov 12, 2016

I did not expect this book to make me cry. It did. it happened more than once. I really felt like Amanda Palmer let us into her life with this book. I cried. I laughed.Amanda Palmer has always had a great relationship with her fans and I feel like this book continued that.Amanda treats her fans like they are her friends and this felt like she was having an intimate conversation with all her friends about her life. About the choices she's made and how she got where she is now. The stories she tells in this are so interesting to me. I was so pulled into every single one.

The stories she tells in this are so interesting to me.The writing was wonderful as well. I was so pulled into every single one. The entire message about asking for things that we need. Being able to take help when it's offered. It was really beautiful and necessary for a lot of people. Including me. If you haven't seen Amanda's TED Talk then you should go watch it. Then pick up this book.

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Kclsfan
Jul 12, 2016

This is the most inspiring book I've ever read, hands down. I recommend it to everyone whenever I can. Amanda Palmer is a firework.

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rachernandez
Jun 23, 2016

I found this book to be entertaining and enlightening. It dealt with why people struggle sometimes to ask for the things we need and followed Amanda Palmer's incredibly intriguing life story up until now. I've never actually heard of Amanda Palmer until reading this book but she made me care about her story, her music, and her career and made me want to be apart of her tight-knit family of a fan base. Amanda Palmer is a caring, enthusiastic, soulful, "mostly" shameless, independent woman who knows how to ask for the things she needs. This book shows her readers exactly who she is and that she is also human, despite being a huge rock star. Delving into how hard it is to be an artist and how people may not take her type of profession seriously, she shows resilience and passion for what she does.

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eus
Jun 23, 2016

I loved this audiobook! Amanda is so full of love! Bursting with love!!!

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booksphinx
Jun 20, 2016

Amanda Palmer is a successful singer/songwriter and performance artist who has made a name for herself largely on her own terms. A friend of mine introduced me to her music a few years back and I was impressed by the stage presence, but didn't listen to the music much after that.

This book stood out on the shelf - perhaps because I enjoy reading stories from quirky personalities, and partially because the back cover promised it would be a title that dealt with something I have a great deal of trouble with/great need to do more of - asking.

Palmer's writing could be smoother, but she has some incredible stories - such as her time as a living statue, where she performed not just for the money but for the give and take of human connection that the job provided.

We are introduced to the heroes and villains in her life. Her trusted confidant Anthony - a Mr. Miyagi type, the record company, Neil Gaiman, friends and fans.

It is easy to imagine, on first glance, that due to the outrageously open style of her performance and manner of speaking, that she doesn't care what anyone else thinks. However, this book shows a woman with incredible emotional depth and a huge heart, who has the same struggles with insecurity and the "fraud police" that any other artist/person does.

It took a few chapters to really get into the book, but once I got into it, I binge read it until the end.

Apparently she did a TED talk too - so perhaps something to check out if you check out this book too. :)

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rachernandez
Jun 23, 2016

"Sometimes people will prove to be untrustworthy. When that happens, the correct response is not: 'Fuck! I knew I couldn't trust anybody!' The correct response is: 'Some people just suck.' Moving right along."

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