• 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 Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-11-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (107 ratings)

Regular price: $21.31

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $21.31

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Add to Library for $0.00

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

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
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Johanna Warden 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

Read More Hide me
5 out of 5 stars
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.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
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!

Read More Hide me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
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.

Read More Hide me

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
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.

Read More Hide me

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Finn on 07-13-18

Testimonial aesthetic story

I did enjoy the book, I went into this book not knowing who Amanda Palmer was. but here is some thoughts.

The book follows Amanda Palmer and her story of her pursuing a career as an artist. The book is narrated by the author, which is nice and gives a way more personal touch to listening to her story.
Amanda is great story teller, but the audio quality wasn't the best compared to other audio books you will find on audible.com Amanda would throughout the book, would change tempo and become extremely hard to hear, sort of mumble or lean away from the microphone. Making it quite difficult to catch words she was saying.

I found the beginning and middle of this book quite interesting, It did seem the story was the strongest and most captivating at that those points. Towards the end it felt like the story was on fast-forward, and that the speed of the story was slowly ramping up the further you got into the audio book the more vague things got timeline wise. It sort of felt how the story was written changed moods midway through the book.

The book was very honest, and reflects the issues of anxiety that many artists experience in their careers and cons and pros of being a public figure. The book ends on not a conclusion or happy ending but rather a foreboding feeling, as it seems when this book was finished it wasn't the best time in Amanda life compared to other parts of the book.

Overall it was interesting, there was a few quirks (as previously mentioned) but it was a neat perspective from a female artist making her way through life. One step at a time.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews