I never listen to audiobooks, mainly because I zone out completely. This was not the case with Amanda Palmer's book. Amanda reads the book herself, which makes it such a powerful and personal experience to listen to. The musical intermezzo's also work in her favour here. Those things won't happen in an old fashioned paper book!
Her stories about being a living statue, or being an artist give us a different perspective on these jobs. Amanda shows us that an artists life isn't always as glamourous as we might think. She is a real person, like everybody else. The things that happen, the ways they make her feel, they are all very relatable (or at least to me). I can really appreciate anyone who would start a book asking for a tampon, and talks about PMS. Those are real things, no need to be ashamed of.
However, this book deals with real shit that happens in life: work, friends, depression, family, love, PMS, cancer, image and feminism, but in no means is it a pessimistic story. In fact, it was a beautifully shaped memoir it seemed, and I loved how well the music fit into it.
There seems to be no chronological order, it's more of an order that just happened to come into mind, but it makes sense and makes the book more dynamic in my opinion.
I can really recommend listening to the audiobook because of these personal aspects. ( I just want a copy to highlight the quotes etc. And because of the smell of books. My mp3 player doesn't smell like anything)
Did I learn how to ask? Not yet, but at least I have learned that it is not a bad thing to ask for help, everybody does it in some way. I would like to ask everyone to ask more.
Another thing, next to the book, I would like to point out there is a great community on twitter of fans that are exchanging or even giving the book to people who can't afford it. I fucking love Amanda Palmer and her fanbase. They are restoring my faith in humanity!
Go read it/ listen to it / whatever. It will give a great insight on Amanda Palmer as a person, but for me it was also a great reminder that I am not alone in certain problems, and there are different ways to deal with them.
It also made me feel all the feels, from smiling to sobbing (be careful listening to it in public, a lady wanted to convert me into christianity when she saw my watery eyes on the train, on the other hand, I have converted some friends to Amanda Palmerism already).
I am still asking Father Christmas for a signed copy.