Review: The Art of Asking



  • Author: Amanda Palmer
  • ISBN: 9781455581085
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help

I purchased this book.

I had been wanting to read Amanda Palmer’s book, The Art of Asking, for awhile, but I couldn’t afford it, so when I found out about a deal at, I chose it as my freebie.  There were so many other books on my wishlist, but Amanda Palmer narrates the book herself, and there’s the “extra” of a few music tracks.  So, I figured, if there’s one book I’d likely enjoy as an audiobook, it would be this one.  I’m so glad I chose it, instead of something else.  This book is beyond amazing!

The entire book felt like a never-boring conversation between life-long friends.  I listened to it while commuting to and from school (an hour each way), but also at every point in my day when I had a couple minutes to spare.  That meant a book that, clocking in at 11 hours and 30 minutes, should have taken me 6 days to finish, only took 4 days instead.  However, If I had been reading the hardcover, instead of listening, I think it would have taken much longer.  There are just so many quotes that I would have had to stop and think about and then highlight and write notes in the margins, if not longer “notes” in my journal.  There would have been moments when I would need to stop reading so I could let out all the feels this book brought on, and I would have stopped too many times to count in order to dog ear pages.  I frequently thought that someone needs to come up with an app to “bookmark” passages in audiobooks, and there were several times when I came close to having to pull over so I could let the tears flow safely.  I don’t know how I managed to hold myself together long enough to get to school or home.

I loved The Art of Asking so much that I bought a physical copy.  The boyfriend later made it a gift, when I told him that this book was the best non-fiction book I’ve ever read that I HAD to buy it, regardless of the hardcover price tag.  His other reason might have been that I wouldn’t shut up about the book, Amanda Palmer, or Neil Gaiman, and maybe paying for the book would finally earn him a subject change.  I greatly look forward to rereading it, and I can’t recommend it enough.  I somewhat understand why it’s labeled as “Self-Help”, but I think it fits better into the auto-biography or memoir categories.  Really, it’s a one-on-one, sit down, with an endless cup of coffee or glass of wine, conversation with a best friend.  Unfortunately there’s no category for that in bookstores and libraries.

0 thoughts on “Review: The Art of Asking

  1. This sounds really good! I was intrigued by the premise of this book, now I know I just need to read it. Thanks for the great review!

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