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"British comic Russell Brand narrates this powerful combined memoir and personal growth lesson as if he were performing a one-man play.... [T]his audiobook reveals Brand's startling insights about how we human beings can make a lot of serious mistakes but somehow keep the faith about our potential for healing, love, and honesty in all of our affairs." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner)

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Russell Brand explores the idea of mentoring and shares what he's learned from the guidance of his own helpers, heroes, and mentors.

Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself? Mentors - the follow-up to the New York Times best seller Recovery - describes the benefits of seeking and offering help.

"I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great globe itself, are works in progress and that through a chain of mentorship we can improve individually and globally, together.... One of the unexpected advantages my drug addiction granted is that the process of recovery that I practise includes a mentorship tradition.

"I will encourage you to find mentors of your own and explain how you may better use the ones you already have. Furthermore, I will tell you about my experiences mentoring others and how invaluable that has been on my ongoing journey to self-acceptance and how it has helped me to transform from a bewildered and volatile vagabond to a (mostly) present and (usually) focussed husband and father." (Russell Brand)

Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped describes the impact that a series of significant people have had on the author - from the wayward youths he tried to emulate growing up in Essex, through the first ex-junkie sage, to the people he turns to today to help him be a better father. It explores how we all - consciously and unconsciously - choose guides, mentors, and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.

©2019 Russell Brand (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Short stories with insight.

I liked Russell Brand from his movies and TV show appearances. It was afterward I learned he turned to spirituality. It was easy to brush him off as a hack but after listening to his podcast I realized he had real depth and things to teach. He gets into it with this book and it reads as a series of short stories for each mentor he encounters. The thing that sets him apart from other spiritual teachers is that he infuses his comedic flare into his points and it really helps drive home points. I always believe that comedy is the key to reaching out to people. It holds truth and can instantly connects people with a good laugh.

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It’s just perfect

I am only sorry it had to come to an end.

Russell Brand is becoming the best spiritual leader out there, and I know from whence I speak, having read/listened to so many of them over decades.

I’ve just spent some time availing myself of the free courses being offered by some other ‘coaches’ and found them to be less than sincere and more like infomercials.

Listening to Mr. Brand amplifies by contrast the egos and greed of many who hang their shingles under the ‘self-help’ or ‘spiritual awakening’ banners.

Russell Brand asks for nothing but gives much and damn, he is magic with words.

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more about being mentored

I enjoy his podcasts mostly thought I would give his books a try and this one is okay

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Recommended, well done, important

Mentors is an important reference even if your not dealing with all the trouble that comes up in the duration of anyone’s existence. Are you looking for a better way to articulate issues and want to integrate possible advances? Read / listen to this. Serious and well put meaning can be funny in how accurate it is. I’d expect a lot of people can finally identify and move with a few more things of themselves and others from this.

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Excellent book

Philosophically well written and spoken, Brand communicates to the reader an Honest, Open, and Willingness to tackle the subject of mentorship and what it means to those who look to implement such strategies in today's world.

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Great book! Really enjoyed it.

I so enjoyed Russell Brand's lyrical expression. His words paint vivid & inspiring pictures. Really enjoyed this book from start to finish.

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plain speaking and powerful message.

I've heard Russell Brand speak before, and this book is like one rambling conversation. Powerful message delivered in his no-holds-barred style.

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  • 2019-09-15

Thanks Russell for being a great mentor to us all.

I got this book under my own pretext that it would tell me how to be a mentor. In turn I truly learned what it means to be honest. We are all honest in our own way, no lie can go hidden as we hide behind our false personas. We can see the dishonesty in wearing make up and yet we accept it as a truth of beauty. Real beauty being that of a soul and not the superficial. I learned that we all have a deeper truth waiting to come out, hidden behind layers of fears and patterns of habit. I am a loof (luff). A person who avoids people, places, events, guilt, steering clear of confrontation and acceptance. A person who is known to be too honest, all while living a lie. I'm a man and I have physical cravings. A craving for survival so I drink, I eat, I lust. Turning the body into a temple to worship, when we should be praising our own temples as a place for God's love to shine. I'm deeply in need of a mentor like Russell Brand to help me navigate the travesties of life that have shaped my being. I can admit I am powerless and know that as a father and middle school teacher I must become more. I must be the light on the hill. I pray for us all to find the mentors we need. I love you all. Amen (It is truth)

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  • L. Eastwood
  • 2019-04-11

Slow down Russell!

Great book, great thoughts, great mentor.

This is overshadowed at times with how eloquent and complicated Russell speaks. Reading is fine as I could re-read the sentence a couple times to get the hang of what he means, but when he goes on tangents speaking out loud, it is very difficult to keep up with his train of thought. Slow down man! Your vocabulary is not commonplace, even to a grad student!

Also, this book is short compared to others. This is a pro and a con, as it gets to the point without wasting my time and does not fall into pandering territory. At the same time though, it's mildly frustrating to spend an audible credit on 3 hours of content when I'm used to 12+.

Still, I applaud Russell for spreading his message, worth your time overall! I look forward to anything else he has coming.

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  • AH
  • 2019-07-02

This book is a poem

This wasn't the "How to" guide that I was hoping for, but I found it, nonetheless, a very pleasant experience. Russell is a wordsmith, and you can feel the sincerity come through his prose clearly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-20

should be read, not listened to

great story-telling, introspective, thoughtfully constructed. there's depth that needs pondering and consideration that reading provides.

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  • Annette
  • 2019-05-22

Deep inspired thinking grounded y honest self reflection

Whenever Russell Brand chooses to share his verbal virtuosity you know you are in for a spectacular roller coaster ride of quick hitting fast building truths and metaphors and stories that make you laugh. This book contains all that brilliance which is just sort of delightful to behold but it couples that talent with a softer slower percolating narrative that gently brings the listener into the author’s process of attachment to the best part of people. He shows us how he develops trust in others and then self. The book gives the reader permission and encouragement to connect despite our collective disconnection. His words do much to alleviate alienation and despair.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-19

I truly do like Russell, but this book isn't it.

I'm a fan of Russell's work (Under the Skin, Recovery, Revolution, Re:Birth), but there is a quality they all have that I felt was really missing in this book. I can't put my finger on it, I just didn't feel the connection here that I typically do. Obviously lots of people enjoyed it, so don't completely count it out on account of this one review, but it wasn't for me.

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  • jill yate
  • 2019-04-10

RB Does it again

I am so grateful for the wisdom, humor, sincerity and continuing inspiration that russell brand gives to the world.

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  • missdawes
  • 2020-07-09

russell is authentic

We all know Russell's past as an obnoxious and crass egotist - who came across as quite cruel. That's his past, and there is nothing he or any of his haters can do to change who he was. But that's not Russell now. Russell has put in the time and energy into becoming a better person. He also knows that he is a work in progress, that he is flawed, and that he is at risk of becoming the earlier version of himself. It's clear that that is not what he wants. He doesn't want to be who he once was.

And that's where this book comes in. Russell didn't get where he is now by himself. If the book itself wasn't about mentors the Acknowledgements section has over 20 people - significant enough to worth a mention.

To all of us who are struggling with our issues, and working through the problems of who-we-are, Russell shows us another way. And that is to find a mentor. Someone who is doing what you want to do - or more precisely - being who you want to be. With 'being' meaning living and feeling and thinking and interacting, as you would wish to.

Good luck Russell with your love, family, mental health, and physical health. I'm glad you're no longer an arse. I hope that this book will help some of us lose that moniker.

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  • Derrick Polen
  • 2020-05-18

Great book about recovery and more

This delves into recovery and learning to live and the wondrous people who help us along the way. I've had these people in my life and hadn't given them much thought. I guess you could say I took them for granted.

This book is Brand's love letter to those in his life that got him together, kept him together and keep him together still.

Fantastic overall.

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  • Julie Worthington
  • 2019-11-14

An achievement in understanding mentorship...

Russell's revelations defining solutions through service to others, answers our need for connection, unlocking the divine power of redemption and deliverance from addiction and failure...

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