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  • 488 Rules for Life

  • The Thankless Art of Being Correct
  • By: Kitty Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Kitty Flanagan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (858 ratings)

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By: Kitty Flanagan
Narrated by: Kitty Flanagan
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488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan's way of making the world a more pleasant place to live. Providing you with the antidote to every annoying little thing, these rules are not made to be broken.

488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it's not you who needs help, it's other people. Whether they're walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don't know the rules.

But thanks to Kitty Flanagan's comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don't ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it...where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don't reheat their fish curry in the office microwave...where middle-aged men don't have ponytails... What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan's popular segment on ABC TV's The Weekly is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)

©2019 Kitty Flanagan (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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I thought it would be funny

I think perhaps the age difference was my issue. Perhaps if I was 10 years older, it would have been more amusing. I did find Kitty easy to listen to on the plus side.

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I agree with everything you say!

but Kitty, after hearing your Burning bridges audio last week, and then listening to this one over the past few days, and all you've done is rehash every point or statement you made in your previous book.

Good on you for realising that you can rely on the people under 50 lack of attention span, who forget everything they read/heard yesterday, so the hoover it up like its new and shiny, but I'm the same age as you, and are "not happy JAN" with getting the same info again, albeit, you didnt go into the same detail about stinky popcorn experience when you did a show, as you did in your previous book or your ex pooey b/f who refused to used bidet's in Europe on the grounds that he was in denial of having a gross arse. I can imagine the dags. I wouldn't touched him either until he'd showered, or I would've introduced him to wetwipes AND MADE IT VERY CLEAR that so called flushable wipes are a lie! Duh, fatbergs in the sewers are made of cooking oil and so called flushable wet wipes, and why is Dave Hughes think its ok to flush or clear places down the toilet, rather than put f0od waste in the bin, or the green bin. Gross,


plates, eating utensils, food in or near the toilet is ethically morally and hygienically wrong. It's so wrong on so many levels, my cringe level is cringing. When you write another book, please dont use new content, not rehashed stuff from you're previous books. The stupid may not notice, but the people that love your sense of humour and intelligent and well educated like you (I only had one good nun teacher, the rest wear violent wooden duster throwing or 1 metre ruler on the calves hitting for the small crime of having a smile on my face... for no reason - physical assault was the appropriate torture for happy face,

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So funny and so true.

Kitty never disappoints. This was so great to listen to while doing stuff around the house. I laughed out loud so many times. So many of these rules need to be implemented. Every mobile phone in Australia should come with a printed and laminated set of flash cards with the mobile phone chapter on them.

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Amusing but too many rules!

Firstly Kitty is an awesome comedian and I love her work. This book did have me laughing out loud like a crazy person at times, it was good fun. However I found the non-stop rules for life to be a little negative after listening for several days in a row. I think this book would work better not as an audiobook, because you could dip in and out as you like, or flip to sections you wanted to read. So whilst I quite liked it, I couldn’t finish it.

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The worst book I ever read

The worst book I ever listened to - an idiots guide to life. Not even funny. Not one bit.

Waste of time and money.

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might be better than the hardcover book

Amazing narrating (as she speaks her mind!). Love that Kitty Flanagan herself narrates this. So good!

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Society does need more rules.

Loved that Kitty herself narrates the book. No one else would do a better job.
She added extra to each rule and hope those who do fit into any of those categories stop and think about it.
Thanks Kitty.

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Hysterical!

A must-listen. The book was good, but the audio was better. Best thing I have read this year, so far!

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It does what it says on the tin

Folks, this is truly just a book of rules covering general day to day life. I expected more than just the numbered rules. For the book to succeed for me it needed more humour, more elaboration and fewer guidelines. And I thought I liked rules. The author Kitty F comes off as curmudgeonly and overly focused on correction of behaviour different from her own. Not a fan I’m afraid.

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Hilarious!

Genuinely a hilarious book! I think it's safe to say that these rules are quintessential for living a very satisfied life; some are very common sense, but some of these rules NEED to be said!

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