A User's Manual for the Human Experience
- Narrated by: Michael W. Dean
- Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-19-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Podiobooks.com
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By Jesse on 05-21-10
A true dilettante!
Don't waste your time and sanity by listening to this garbage.
Anyone who has some degree of life experience has heard this guy before. In fact, I'm sure most of us know a handful of Michael Dean's...The jaded, egomaniacal, "punk rocker" who tries to compensate for his lack of talent with sarcastic, self-enamored bravado.
Michael Dean is the true dilettante here!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Cj on 07-25-10
A User Manual For Human Experience by Michael W. Dean is a great book to read and also an enjoyable one to listen to. I believe it promotes a viewpoint on American freedom that is unique and deserves to be read, or heard, by everyone. It is a treat that the book is narrated by the author himself, who is a professional voice-over actor and musician. I think that he offers a look at human experience that many in America do not see, or would prefer not to hear about. He is a registered libertarian who loves his country, even though his beliefs differ from mainstream values. He suggests that only five things should be illegal murder, rape, assault, theft and fraud. Other laws take away our freedom instead of guaranteeing it. His opinions may not be popular, but it is his right to express them, and I think they are worthy of consideration.The author tells of his first-hand experience with drugs, sex, and rock-and-roll during his years as an indie rocker. His method of relating such experiences is graphic, but he realized his mistakes and now openly urges others to not do what he did. He tries to teach us life lessons that he learned the hard way. This man wrote many books, created movies, and maintains websites in order to get his ideas out to the masses. Personally, I learned a great deal from his three school books on writing, music, and film. He was outraged that he could not get a teaching job at a college because he did not have a degree, because he feels that he has so much to offer from the knowledge gained through his experiences. Dean has distinctive ideas about religion and politics. He says that human beings are on earth for a spiritual experience, one that does not necessarily include Jesus, a church, or a 12-step program. This may not go over well with some religious people. Our country is known for its diversity, and that includes diversity of ideas. Deans book is a resource for discussion, so expand your thinking by considering what he has to say.
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