The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

Version: Unabridged
Author: Amanda Palmer
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Self Development
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published In: November 2014
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world's most successful music Kickstarter.

Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.

Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.

Reviews (7)

Written by Claudia P on April 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Heartwarming, encouraging, amazing. A journey better enjoy on the powerful voice of the author.

Written by Ronit Alkayam on February 22nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this! Amanda is inspiring and interesting.

Written by Kathy Broyles on February 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome! The only way to fully enjoy this one is to listen to the audio. Amanda reads it herself and sings. A very profound and intimate look into the life of this multi-talented artist.

Written by Jessica Fleming on February 8th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I haven't been a fan for that long yet, but the story she tells and the way in which she does it is captivating and enthralling, or at least it was for me.

Written by Meg Chatham on October 27th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was first introduced to Amanda Palmer through the Tim Ferriss Show; she intrigued me. I was uneasy about this book at first, but it grew on me. Her narration was fantastic and I was a bit sad when the book ended. I wouldn't have considered myself an AFP fan before this book, but now I feel as though I've stumbled upon another great role model. Thanks for producing even more great, original art.

Written by Sherie Kirby on August 17th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Immensely enjoyable! Love the author, love her stories and I wouldn't want to hear anyone but her tell it to me!

Written by Svetlana Kunina on December 9th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book about how to love .... How to be grateful ... How to be kind .... Thank you Thank you for having courage to write it and write it wonderfully