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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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Invaluable is an understatement

Goes deep into the truth about you which you may not like to hear, but absolutely need to. If theres two books you've been waiting to hear, its this & Robert Greenes 'Mastery'.

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Brilliant real world advice for today

Great book and delivered so passionately by Dr. Jordan Peterson himself. The 12 Rules for Life is practical wisdom for today that I would recommend to my sons. It’s firmly based on rock, ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. It is truth you recognise because it resonates deeply in your soul. These is so much in each page and chapter to digest. Well worth a listen to this modern day, “prophet”. He bring together the teachings of the Bible, mysticism and psychology in a brilliant and enlightening way. Thanks JBP!

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So much emotion - loved it

This was a truly informative read and will make you wise beyond your years. This is something I’d definitely make my children read as they reach adolescents.

Simple rules with intelligence and plenty of depth.

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Eye Opening!

It is as though Jordan Peterson wrote this book with my needs in mind. He has a way of telling stories and relating them to back to his point like no one i have ever come across. This book has changed me for the better. Especially as a Mother. Jordan Thankyou!

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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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Only for the brave

If you are ready to make changes in your life; listen to this book. If you are curious about yourself; listen to this book. If things are going well for you and you want them to go better; listen to this book.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2018

Overall good, but could have been shorter.

Good, inspiring and inquiring book. Made me reconsider many things, believes, thoughts and deeds from the past and for my better future. Moreover, being an atheist, I liked this book despite all the quotes of Bible used to prove this or that point of the author.
Overall book felt like a soulful talk with a wise grandpa.
Though, could have been a way shorter than it is.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2018

I was left speechles many times

The wisdom Prof. Peterson provides in the book will be familiar to those of you who've seen his lectures and talks. However, the depth he engages the topics in is much deeper, thanks to the written and narrated formula.

The narration by JBP is excellent, and had me tearing up multiple times as his voice cracked in the most dramatic moments.

JBP changed my life for the better. Let him do the same to you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-2018

the book i would take for lonely island

helped me to deal with family crisis and transform resentment and frustartion into motivation to improve myself without expecting any validation from others

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  • Charl
  • 27-04-2018

Insightful & Inspirational

In true Peterson style, he is hard hitting, honest and authentic. He changed my perspective on a few things in life. I wouldn't classify him as motivational speaker, he doesn't sugar coat things, he is a true Philosopher and Teacher. he makes me want to be a better person, a better man

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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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  • Garym213
  • 19-01-2018

Exceptional book... original and thought provoking

So many books of this type can be a bit light, they can be built around one or two ideas. This is not the case with this one. Peterson is on a different level, his authenticity, original insights and forthright manner elevate this book to the point of being exceptional. He is no prisoner to group think or moronic fads, his points are clear, he is very exact in the way he communicates. The aforementioned make this a book one of the best I have read in a long time and set it in a class of its own with this genre. Highly recommend, not for the closed minded.

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  • Lewis
  • 25-01-2018

A fantastic book by a extremely insightful man.

I have recently been through the death of a parent, a divorce and loss of employment. Any one of these events will put your world into chaos. All 3 at once can bush you to your limits. This book puts it all into perspective. Chaos in life will come to us all. Maybe this book can make the journey back to order that little bit easier. Jordan Peterson I commend you for your insight into the complexity of being.

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  • Jimmy V
  • 18-03-2018

Great book....pay attention especially in its initial sections

This is a rare book from a rare intellect. Those who think there is "too much religion" in this book have totally misunderstood what those sections are about in relationship to our society and historical development and have not really listened carefully enough when those initial sections are introduced. It is not a religious book by any stretch of the imagination and I found it very useful.

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  • Rocky
  • 26-01-2018

So much more than a ‘self help’ book

I expected this to be a really useful practical book having watched Professor Peterson on YouTube. It is full of wisdom and insight but it’s way more than a self-help book. It’s an amazing work of philosophy. I got so much from it and expect to get a lot more. I plan to listen to the whole thing all over again. Do yourself a favour and get this book it’s amazing.

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  • iain sallis
  • 16-03-2018

It was great until...

I was really looking forward to a meaty ‘question yourself and your life’ type of book, the author started the first chapter with wonderful and insightful psychological arguments...then he mentioned Jesus?
I thought this strange, but carried on the the next chapter, again, with some fantastic insights into humanism ...then it happened again...the bible??
I started seeing a pattern, by chapter 7 it was a full on bible lesson...which is when I called it a day.
A real shame as I thought his initial rules and thoughts were great, it just turned into a sermon.

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  • James Cartwright
  • 06-02-2018

Should come with warning - Contains Religion

I have nothing against religion and Christianity - I infrequently attend church.

However, I expect logical reasoning in books such as these to be predicated on science and rational argument.

In large parts of this book Peterson reads from long sections of the Bible and theologises for longer still.

It is in these sections that his delivery resembles a lay preacher not a professor of science.

A shame because the moral lessons do not require this religiosity- they are logical without faith.

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  • Richard W.
  • 30-03-2018

Glimmers of wisdom

Jordan Peterson caught my eye for being uncomprimising and brutal in his advice to a world that has taken to coddling us and refusing to speak uncomfortable truths that indisputably dictate the terms of our reality. I was aware of his religious leanings but so what? Hes a professional and professionals do not allow their works to be colored by personal bias... or so I thought.

To see the simple title of this book you would not think a sermon laid beneath it. That would be your first mistake. One or two references would be fine but to listen to him you would think analogies outside the Bible do not exist. Many of these references seem suprisingly forced and somewhat unrelated to the subject matter. This is dissapointing as there is some genuine wisdom possessed by Jordan but this book smacks of someone with an obvious agenda outside of the one advertised that will make many readers roll their eyes as they wait for him to get back on track.

The patient will learn invaluable lessons as there are doubtlessly invaluable gems encased in the coal but you will most definitely have to get your hands grubby grasping nto the brilliant but obviously marred psyche of a man struggling with intense cognitive disodence and deep personal suffering.
Pressure creates diamonds, few are without their flaws.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-2018

brilliant

So much wisdom held within in each chapter I know I'm to be able to enjoy this book again and again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2018

Bible study disguised as modern philosophy

While there are many interesting insights in this, the frequent use of the Bible through out all of it for the discovery of much of this insight screams of an appeal to authority. It is not a look at nature but rather a look at the biblical scholars view of the world and the lessons to be learned from this.

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