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How to Ruin Everything Audiobook

How to Ruin Everything: Essays

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Publisher's Summary

"Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition." (Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical)

Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right?

In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy), yet all are delivered with the type of linguistic dexterity and self-awareness that has won Watsky more than 765,000 YouTube subscribers. Alternately ribald and emotionally resonant, How to Ruin Everything announces a versatile writer with a promising career ahead.

©2016 George Watsky (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Alicia 11/07/2016
    Alicia 11/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Watsky"

    His best work to date. An honest and yet thrilling exploration of a blissfully unaware model of humanity.

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    19/06/16
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    "Poetic writings of personal experiences"
    If you could sum up How to Ruin Everything in three words, what would they be?

    Genuine, poetic, personal


    What does George Watsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the book in the author's own words really brought the stories to life and made it feel more personal


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

    It inspired me. It made me have more faith in myself that one day I could write out retellings of my own life experiences in a similar format.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    17/06/16
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    "He's lying..."

    This book is far from ruined. In the days since making the purchase of this book, I've only put it down when I was absolutely required. Watsky's writes in a way that feels intimate and honest. And he reads as though he's telling a story to a friend. I was looking forward to a new album some day, now I'm hoping for more books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nathaniel
    16/06/16
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    "great"

    Watsky is an amazing poet and author! I love this book, I enjoy his rap and was very excited to listen to this!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Klein II
    illinois
    12/09/16
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    "George Watsky delivers"

    The book itself was great, a very enjoyable combination if essays about watsky's life.

    the audiobook cements my idea that all authors should offer an audiobook read by them. his enthusiasm as he reads his memories is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ChrisBel
    Salida CO
    2/09/16
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    "I dig it"

    the book is great on its own but also gives great background on a lot of his songs. I dig it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/12/16
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    "LOVED IT! GO WATSKY!!! looking forward to more."

    enjoyed the book and yourself. so excited for your future. God bless and much success!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will Hauge
    3/12/16
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    "Whoa Whoa Whoa"

    I thought I was an atheist until I realized George Watsky is a god. Fantastic narration, even better book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tyler
    2/11/16
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    "I love George Watsky what can I say"

    Great book! I'm not much of a reader but I read it then found Watsky himself read on Audible so had to buy it to hear him read it himself. It has great personal stories that give more meaning to his music. Tomorrow is his concert in MPLS MN and I can't wait. Watsky is amazing and always will be in my eyes and ears. I can't wait to see what he dose next!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mason
    27/10/16
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    "Every single sound from Watskys lips is word porn."

    Watsky is BAE. Every word, sound, syllable, and utterance is completely orgasmic. From his voice to his technique, Watsky is beautiful from his tonsil to the tip of the lips.

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  • Jakob
    3/10/16
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    "A nice collection of stories."
    If you could sum up How to Ruin Everything in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous. Insightful. Alright.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Ruin Everything?

    The very first story, especially of all the things George couldn't believe he got away with, with little to no punishment for actual crimes he has done.


    Which character – as performed by George Watsky – was your favorite?

    Other than George, since all of these revolve around his experiences, Sed, as I believe I heard it as. Don't know what it was with this character, but he just finds new ways to annoy the people around him in the best way possible.


    Any additional comments?

    In the chapter, "Nice Hook," it tells two stories: One about some guy George was, at one point, sitting next to on a plane, and the other being about fishing. The audiobook version has these five second sound effects to indicate what story the book is talking about. It's not that huge of a problem until the end of the chapter, where it back and forth between the stories, making it feel a bit longer than it should have been.

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  • Alex
    15/07/16
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    "I will light the world with this tiny glowing screen"

    I have been a fan of the author for many years now. Listening to as much of the music he has created as possible. Hunting for work with Anderson Paak, Kate Nash and Kush Mody. Plus anything else I could/can get my hands on, that I have not yet heard before.

    Ever since I heard Watsky on Table Talk, the YouTube show done by the SourceFed team. I have found his story's amazing and to hear some of them in more detail was great. Also the chance to see where some of his lyrics. I only wish there were more. I remember when this book was announced and I was hopping there would be an audio version (reading not being my strongest skill) so that I to could share in his tales, this audiobook has delivered.

    On finishing it for the first time I wanted to just start and listen to it again. It was really that good. So maybe Watsky's right. "When the sun burns out we'll light the world with tiny glowing screens" and on my screen will be this audiobook. 10/10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    11/07/16
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    "Extended Watsky Spoken Word"

    I'm a big fan of Watsky so when I saw this book I snapped it up. Like my title suggests; it was like an extended spoken word piece by the man himself. It had me chuckling at the tropes of his life and also left me with a sense that I was with him in all his adventure but a longing to have those adventures myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jarvis Shannon
    4/07/16
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    "Every minute was a lesson"

    How to ruin everything is an outstanding lesson in lifes learning curve. I would highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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