• The Art of Asking

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  • By: Amanda Palmer
  • Narrated by: Amanda Palmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-11-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.7 (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter. For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses. And because she had learned how to ask, she was able to go to the world to ask for the money to make a new album and tour with it, and to raise over a million dollars in a month.
In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use these same principles in our own lives.
This audio digital download includes a PDF featuring photographs and song lyrics.
©2014 Amanda Palmer (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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By Anonymous User on 07-25-17

Loved it!

I loved every minute of it. Amandas voice was perfect for reading the book but I wish it was longer

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By Joachim on 06-02-16

This. Is. Good. Art.

This book showes what to do when life gets tough. As Gaiman himself has said it "make good art."

If artists would take Gaiman's advice and created their art in the example of this book, then maybe the story of Amanda Palmer wouldn't seem so alien. And as a result we could have a world filled with stronger and healthier relationships between artists and their fans.

I hope every striving artist read this book and decide to take the leap and ask the world. This book opened my eyes and I will do my best to ask or at least notice when I turn away donuts someone is gifting me.

The pleasure of giving is all I want to do with my art, so I will try to not take it away from others. (Artist or not)

Thx, Amanda.

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By M. Raymond on 12-07-14

Funny, Earthy...You Will Be Inspired

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! I had never heard of Amanda Palmer, and am not into indie rock per se, however her story, told honestly and with a huge dose of humour, made it a very enjoyable listen. She comes across as very personable, and exceedingly normal, which juxtaposed with the tales of her "exotic" lifestyle, makes it one of the best I've listened to. I'd love to have a cup of tea with her, any day!

What did you like best about this story?

She weaves the theme of "the art of asking" throughout the telling of some of the events in her life, making it both entertaining and educational. You end up thinking "If Amanda could ask for assistance or an exchange of her art for cash to live on...in the way that she did...why the heck can't I summon up the courage to ask for help as well! I'm sure she'll be pleased to read that!

What does Amanda Palmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This is one story that just had to be read by the author, and she does it very, very well. In addition, as she is a musician, between the chapters there are short musical intervals that add to the experience. I had never heard her music before....so, it was a nice touch to hear a bit of her music, as it satisfied my curiosity.

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

Laughter mainly!

Any additional comments?

For those of you wondering if a book written by an indie rock musician will have too much "private" information that you'd rather not hear or an excess of profanity...be assured that this book is "pretty safe". Swear words occur occasionally, but they are used in specific situations where nothing else would convey the scene being described. Everything is written with clarity and a pureness of intention that your Granny would approve of. Your Granny would also enjoy having a cup of tea with Amanda!

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By John on 01-09-15

Touching , brilliant moving and marketing

An Ed Dale recommendation and a winner. This book is beautiful read . It teaches so many lessons about marketing , tribe building , managing your tribe dealing failure dealing with success ... Dealing with love and pain .

I got knowledge that will help my business grow And at the same time for the first time an understanding of the feelings my ex went through when she had an abortion , something that liberated me and made me just want to go back in time and hug her .
I went into this book having not even heard of the author but if your not sure go watch her Ted talk . Ps her music is a bit to niche for me to understand but I understand life better now.

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By Misty on 05-27-15

Just take the F'ing flower!!!

Amanda has the most captivating voice - she draws you in from the first word to the last. She shares her story with honesty, love, and opens up in a way that puts you right there with her. There are so many stellar points and learning curves from her story, and you can feel and appreciate the vulnerability in her voice - she really does lay it on the line.

Without a doubt one of my Top 3 favourites of all time.

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By Faerie Sarah on 04-26-17

Heart Opening

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Asking to be better than the print version?

Yes, completely. I love this audio edition because it's actually Amanda telling you a story and singing to you as well, so wonderful to hear her voice tell her story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Asking?

I listened whilst working on some projects and had to often stop and take notes and let tears fall down my face so many times, oh my how I love this audio book

Have you listened to any of Amanda Palmer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have been to a concert and I am a Patreon, I love what Amanda does but this book was the gateway to all those things for me... this was a wonderful beginning.

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