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12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos
Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of 12 Rules for Life, written and read by Jordan B. Peterson.

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology drawing tens of millions of viewers.

In an era of unprecedented change and polarising politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world.

In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today. Happiness is a pointless goal, he shows us. Instead we must search for meaning, not for its own sake but as a defence against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.

Drawing on vivid examples from his clinical practice and personal life, cutting-edge psychology and philosophy, and lessons from humanity's oldest myths and stories, Peterson takes the listener on an intellectual journey like no other. Gripping, thought-provoking and deeply rewarding, 12 Rules for Life offers an antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to our modern problems.

©2018 Jordan B. Peterson (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Fascinating Read

Psychologist and controversial public figure, Jordan B. Peterson, undertakes his first serious attempt to distill his ideas about life into a book for a general audience. Although, perhaps not one for the typical audience of such books. Jordan's various essays are fascinating, lengthy--and at times wandering--discussions of what it means to be human and how to live in this world we inhabit. The explanations for his suggested 'rules' are not for your typical Oprah Book Club reader longing for simple answers, and dumbed-down explanations. There is no woo-woo or hoo-rah here. Instead, Peterson draws particularly on a unique combination of Jungian psychology and Darwinian evolution to explain how he believes the world works, and what that may mean for each of us as we move through life.
This is an unusual work, unlike other popular psychology books I've read, for it presents an engrossing and intellectually fascinating take on the modern human condition, rather than just offering a few anecdotal (or researched but overly-simplified) quick fix ideas. There is no concessions to pandering here, and the explanations he provides are at times uncomfortable for they strip away some of the masques we wear and facades we build around our humanity. What is beneath is not always pretty, but evidently is a side of our humanity Peterson believes we each ought to confront, for it is the healthy assimilation of these elements into the psyche that allows us to move courageously in the turbulent, chaotic world. We must each embrace the chaos within, should we wish to confront it in the world. This book is Peterson's attempt to show us how it's done.

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Great advice but a little long-winded at times.

I really appreciated a lot of the advice and I really respect Jordan Peterson. Most of the chapters start off strong with personal and clinical anecdotes, only to be followed by 30 minutes of biblical studies... As someone who isnt religious and grew up in a non-religous home, in a mostly non-religous country, it became a little much. I can appreciate some of these christian references and enjoy exploring their ideas. But it wasn't long before I'd find myself lost in thought rather than listening as the point had already been made prior to the bible being pulled out.

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Contains timeless answers to life’s timeless questions

I rank this amongst the top 10 most important books in my life. I wish it was written years ago, since its timeless wisdom is useful in every phase of life.

Peterson is the first author who offers credible answers to the nihilistic questions that tend to creep into every critical mind: why bother when life is unpredictable, unfair and short? Why get out of bed when all your work can be undone by one drunk driver? Why have children that are destined to suffer, sometimes immeasurably?

Please pick this one up. If it doesn’t bring you the value it did to millions already, at least you’ll know what the fuss is all about.

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Couldn’t finish it

Some good tips but way too in depth and far too much talk about Christianity and bible stories.

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Rules 4 Life? begin 'Jordanetics' by Vox Day 1st!

This book is a meandering compost heap of nothing burgers. Peterson's typical redefining of words hidden expertly within his verbose word salads and expertly crafted wizardly deceptions make for a very difficult and frustrating read.

The premise of the book? Do you want to live your mediocre life now? Well then, allow JBP to guide you young men to a life of obscurity and mediocrity. Allow JBP to help you clean your room, wash you penis and act like a bottom feeding soyboy lobster.

Do yourself a favour, stop believing Jordan Peterson's lies and read a book called 'Jordanetics' by Vox Day. It is a much better read.

Sorry, but Jordan Peterson is not the messiah you think he is. He is a charlatan, a fraud, a liar and a coward. No young man should be looking to Jordan Peterson as an example.

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Great rules for life. Attention turns off towards the later chapters.

The first half of the book was really impactful and the rules were really practical. But the later chapters/rules I felt they weren’t really anything I could relate to and I was just listening to finish the book. Also, there are a lot of religious stories and comparisons which were awesome for the few chapters. I’m not someone who hates religion but.... a bit too much for me.

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Boring, religious content not openly disclosed.

Bought this given the high number of downloads and high ratings. I've listened to a couple hours and - honestly - have rarely been so bored reading/listening to a book. Plus, about an hour in Peterson mentions "Mathew 25.10" or such religious reference. That was interesting and relevant, but then he makes another reference to a religious text (bible or book of something or other), and I thought oh no, not another religious reference. Since then, the whole tone and text is a religious reference to Adam & Eve, the significance of the snake, and apple tree, god this and Jesus that. It turns out - as far as I can tell, suffering it - that it's a Sunday morning sermon, and equally as electrifying. I wasted my money on this turkey, and will request a swap. It should clearly be marked for its high religious content and references - not what I thought I was buying at all.

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Incredible

This book is masterful. Well thought out points, and deeply moving stories. A must-listen for anyone tired of feeling like a victim, and wanting more meaning in their life. JBP'S narration is wonderful. Truly a work of genius.

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This book will shatter you into a million pieces

everything you thought you knew will be shattered
you will be ripped apart and scattered
and also put back together and made whole

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Is he a clinical psychologist, or a Priest?

I bought this book due to the increasing hype around Jordan. Disappointingly, It's just that; a hype.

I could relate to and confirm that the advice he gives, as a parent and psychologist, on chapters concerning children are very good as this is my professional field and I did refer some parents to the specific chapters.

I am, though, poorly disappointed at the amount of, rather lack of, evidence which comes in the form of Bible literature. He is a psychologist yet, this book seems to have been written by a priest.

3 of 12 chapters seemed well. Was told in a mostly entertaining & easy to absorb manner.

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  • Jarrod
  • 16-01-2018

Easily accessible wisdom

Jordan Peterson presents a refreshing voice of wisdom in a crowd of shrill hysteria and politically correct drivel. I was impressed with the combination of common sense advice and surprising insights. There is lots to learn here. If you’re looking for a blueprint for a life well lived, you’ve come to the right place.

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  • M MENGEL
  • 01-02-2018

Lit

A candle has been lit in the world to keep the dark at bay.

I’m in awe of Jordan’s capacity to ignore the nonsense hurled at him, and still speak with a white hot passion to help people. It humbles and makes you want to emulate.

Twelve simple rules that get into your subconscious so quickly it feels like they were always there.

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  • Martin
  • 20-02-2018

Life-changing in every sense of the word

This book has brought me joy, laughter and also tears, grief and profound sadness. Through the wisdom of ancient texts and personal anecdotes, doctor Peterson gave me courage to face my fear of responsibility, take my place in the world and improve the lives of those around me. The performance is deeply personal and precise as is the case with other Peterson's material. I hope I will return to this book for strength and inspiration whenever I need them most.

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  • Oliver
  • 18-01-2018

Deep and enjoyable experience

Peterson goes all in in his effort to lay out his philosophy in a form that resonates on many levels of analysis. The book is simultaneously a compelling map of reality, guide to a balanced and meaningful life, and a deep defence of Western culture, Christian values and healthy masculinity, which are all currently under attack. I think this book is not just an insightful thought provoker, but also a healthy vaccination against dangerous ideological viruses which are unleashed in the modern world.

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  • Hans
  • 28-03-2018

Pure Wisom

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Jordan Peterson deliver advices, that are ready to implement into our daily life.
He turns his knowledge into wisdom by showing the principles, which we should use as a guide both in the professional and private life.

Idea of taking full responsibility for our choices makes perfect sense and give hope to all of the young people, who got deeply immersed into the nihilist world of mass consumption.

JBP narration makes the whole listening experience even better.

Lessons that you can takeaway from this book could be life-changing, especially if you want to give your life meaning and orient yourself in the world.

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  • Anubhav Misra
  • 12-02-2018

Spirituality for the reasonable

Would you consider the audio edition of 12 Rules for Life to be better than the print version?

I prefer the narrative power of the author speaking his own words. Hence, yes! I find it much better than the print.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 12 Rules for Life?

The coda(nice choice of words there). Like a sonata form recapitulation, it ties together the multi-themed spiritual sonata that was this book!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story about the suffering of his daughter and the frailty of li'l children moved me particularly.

"We love not 'despite' the limitations, but 'because' of them. And of course, it more complicated than that"

Any additional comments?

This book is great, not because it's some groundbreakingly new content and idea that have not been expressed before. It is so as it brings back an important aspect in the spiritual quest that is absent from most new age spiritual teachers: FORM! Most spiritual thinkers have removed everything that even resembles any real manifestation so much so that it is almost impossible to have use of what they are saying.

Jordan Peterson brings back the fundamental(archetypal) stories of our experiences back to the social collective consciousness and for that we must thank him.

This book unlike most self-help books, this book doesn't try to explain the title in almost banal detail. It takes the idea and brings it alive through contrast, variation, and storytelling that drives home the title without having to repeat it once. Only thing I can think of that comes close is classical music.

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  • Tim
  • 05-02-2018

Precise yet broad.

The book points to exact steps for improvement in your life and then goes into depths I haven't even thought about. Sometimes it was too much for me. But in the end it's a must read.

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  • Andrew
  • 27-01-2018

Eventually; Reason, Enlightenment Returned.

a good dollop of ethical understanding shared in a real and down to earth way. Jordan who is a clinical psychologist brings and humanely articulates an important message as western society struggles with its many psycho-social problems and virus-like shallow group identity politics and conveniently manipulative political correctness. He is well versed in English and Russian literature and explains the archtypical aspects contained therein and in Western culture. I laughed at many of his personal accounts and almost cried at others.
So many men in western society don't know how to be men anymore and there is a high rate of suicide in this group. He teaches how to be a man, and to be aware of the oedipical parent.

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  • Sebastian
  • 11-07-2018

Overrated

Not the new bible on how to live your life. It's all over the place even making it hard to remember the rules themselves. Struggled to finish and found my mind to wander.

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  • M.W.
  • 31-03-2018

A book filled with meaning.

I loved the book from beginning to end. 100 percent recommended for these convoluted times. Great read, narrated by Dr. Peterson.



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  • Richard C.
  • 10-12-2018

Life changing - maybe

Articulates everything that you ever thought about but couldn’t make sense of, or ever have an intelligent conversation about.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-02-2018

The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

You know when you hear a new song and it stops you in your tracks? I’ve spent my last 15 hours in that state.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I now owe this man for all he has done. I laughed with weakened knees and wept in public places with this complete stranger. I love him.
My fear is that the people who need him most (youngish lefties like me, for instance) will pass him with prejudice and condescension and suffer on.
Buy this book, it will polish your lens.
I will be out there, paying attention to life.
Thanks Jordan. x

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  • Jake O'Connor
  • 18-12-2018

Not for the ideologue, or the lazy + close minded.

A lot of the negative reviews here seem to be politically motivated. They openly say how they didn't bother to listen for more than 5 minutes or and hour, yet still whine about the content of the book. Many seem to have rated the book according to their extreme leftist political beliefs rather than on the substance of the literature, fragile people who cannot handle the mention of religion, even if it's only being used as a vehicle to explain an idea or a point of view. The quote "People don't have ideologies, Ideologies have people." Comes to mind.

A Trans-formative and eye opening book, a well of knowledge. This is a book which incorporates invaluable advice from Mr Petersons clinical work as well as from his own private life.

His failure to allow people to bemoan their life circumstances and wallow in their own self-pity has clearly rubbed a lot of readers the wrong way, if you are looking for a book to say "It's ok, it's not your fault, you can blame someone else" Then this isn't the book for you.

I 100% recommend this book, it is a literary master piece in self help and well worth the price.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2018

If Carlsberg did a narrator..

This narrators voice would give Morgan Freeman a run for his money. The message and power behind the content was well conveyed clearly through enthusiasm and diligence. Enlightening.

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  • Samuel Rogerson
  • 06-12-2018

Fantastic, educational and unexpected

I have have grown in my thinking through this book. it will expand your mind also.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-2018

this book will guide you

you can take this book at put it to practice in your own life. this book has thought me to listen because your not always right , matter of fact your rarely right so maybe listen more and talk less

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  • Laff
  • 30-10-2018

Must read

If you don’t like this book then you may have issues. It’s the best book I’ve read and I’ve also got it on audio, it’s almost like a Bible which even the non religious would enjoy. Remove your bias the best you can and read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-2018

Helped me...changed my life

I cried when I finished this book, I wish there was more to listen to!

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  • Michael Willemoes Larsen
  • 25-10-2018

Packed with wisdom

This book seems light with 12 rules for a good life. But it's so packed with information that I had to hear it 2 times. And I am sure, that a third listen would reveal even more.
I am impressed with Jordan B Petersons book and I haven't ready/heard anything quite like it.

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  • john
  • 15-10-2018

Take it as you find it.

how to be a better person, unabridged and accessable to everyone, everywhere. Peterson really is a mind apart in his interpretation of society through the lens of his unique amalgamation of ancient wisdom and contemporaryl zeitgeist. an invaluable read for anyone struggling to find their place in the world.

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