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The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

Narrated by: The Try Guys
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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The four cocreators of the Try Guys, one of the Internet’s most popular and viral sensations, deliver their first audiobook - an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing offenses, and unexpected failures.

Best friends and social media stars Eugene, Keith, Ned, and Zach are admired for their curiosity, humor, bravado, and fearlessness. But that self-confidence came from their willingness to take big risks - being open to try something new or unusual, even if they failed spectacularly in the attempt. To be our best selves, we have to challenge ourselves. In dedicating ourselves to embracing fear, foolishness, and embarrassment, we can learn to recognize the ways in which we often hold ourselves back.

In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, they swap some of their best stories and offer encouragement and hard advice to help you become a Try Guy, too. Whether they’re experiencing what it’s like to be in labor with a pain-simulation machine, marching on the streets of Los Angeles in heels, learning to dance ballet (with a professional dancer and some talented tots), replicating the ancient Olympics, or trying to bake bread without a recipe - their hilarious escapades are accented by their “throw caution to the wind” attitudes, encouraging listeners to become their best flawed and f--ked up selves.

Throughout, Eugene, Keith, Ned, and Zach open the doors to the past, showing their fans how four nerdy, timid, self-conscious boys grew up into four super-hot mega-babes secure in their insecurities. They offer key advice on what to do when faced with impending failure - and how to push through to the other side - provide anecdotes about their experiences curating their sure-fail philosophy and introduce each of their new challenges to the listeners for the first time (Ned’s impossible challenges as a first-time father and Keith’s goal of curbing his fried chicken habit by going vegan).

©2019 Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, Ned Fulmer (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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it was also quite funny.

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Too LA, too disengenuous

I have been a fan of the Try Guys since their first video, so I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I can't stand it and refuse to finish it. Their attempt to keep their personas intact in this written/audiobook form feels forced to the point of being cringe-worthy. Beyond the unnatural and disengenuous tone, they managed to share personal stories and experiences without ever being vulnerable or helpful. What's more, they share ideologies carelessly and without nuance. The health section was particularly guilty of this, as Keith lauded diet culture and veganism under the guise of health, but made it clear that his real motivation was vanity when he disregards fitness he enjoyed (badminton) because it wouldn't give him the right aesthetic (bulky arms). And Eugene, though touching on the destructiveness of his self-criticism and pushing for perfection to the point of injury, ultimately praises these attitudes. I'm really disappointed and hope this book doesn't harm young readers.

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loved it

loved it, perfect way for them to still be their wacky crazy selves while still bringing a cohesive story to light! loved it, and it motivated me even more to meet my goals!

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pure joy

I love The Try Guys and listening to their audiobook allowed me to get to know them on a new level. I laughed and I cried. I was moved by many of their stories and inspired to move past my own insecurities. I love discovering pieces of myself in each of them. As someone also in their 30s it was fun to reminisce about similar childhood experiences. I highly recommend the audiobook.

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To much Chatter between the Narrators

I really enjoyed the story and ideas of this book but could do without the chatter between the guys, there were sections I wanted to skip because they were just laughing at each other.
I think I would have enjoyed it more reading it to myself

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Just what I needed

I think this book is great, especially for fans of the try guys. It really does motivate you to get up and get out there to better yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to go and try something new or something that they always feared to try. I love this book and I’d happily listen to it again!

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  • Tim
  • 2020-02-03

Turned me off of the Try Guys

I went into this book really liking the Try Guys from what I'd seen on YouTube. This book, however, showed me a behind-the-scenes look at the Try Guys that actually really turned me off them.

Hearing Zach, in his own words, describing how little consideration and seriousness he gives his job pushed me from viewing him as someone who I initially just found annoying to remarkably lazy.

Ned going on and on about his wife and kid gets old really fast, which is disappointing because he actually *seems* like a pretty cool dude; went to school and graduated in a cool field and even sounds like he had some pretty interesting experiences in his past (not going to ruin the book for you). For someone with such a rich history, it's a drag to see him turn out so boring and predictable.

For me, Keith and Eugene ended up being the only two that kept the book fresh and worth listening to.

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...meh

I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I found it just ok, The book is part autobiography, part self-help and part comedy. I think this is the problem. It tries to do too much and it falls short on all three accounts. As an autobiography, it feels incomplete and, for the most part, the stories are pretty mundane (e.g., how I met my girlfriend/wife, I don't exercise enough, etc.). As a self-help book, the message is unoriginal and it is not delivered particularly well. I suggest The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F... by Mark Manson instead; it has the same message but it is more expertly conveyed. The book is at its strongest when it tries to be funny, but it is just very short passages. The other problem is Zach's "emotional-narrator" voice which is annoying. Luckily, he drops it by the final chapter. I follow the guys on YouTube and I enjoy their antics so this was not a complete waste for me. If you don't know them, I don't think this is the right place to start.

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Great book and amazing story telling

I got this book because I enjoy watching the try guys. I figured I wouldn't gain much from it but it turns out this book was very eye opening and I am going to be trying to make some changes in my life after having listened the the guys talk about their lives & trying new things.

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great

love the try guys and the book is an interesting insight into them. fun listen

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  • Reanna Carter
  • 2019-06-28

AMAZING! INSPIRATIONAL!

The guys are so genuine in their storytelling and give advice without being too pushy & relate to listeners/readers by sharing their personal experiences. I will definitely be buying the hard copy and reading it again for myself!

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  • Tammy Truong
  • 2019-07-24

Hope Instilling 💕

5/5 🌟 If you're afraid to try, start by trying this book!

Thanks to all 4 Try Guys, I feel so much more hopeful. At the age of 25, learning how to be an adult has been so furiously terrifying 😭!
I can't express enough how uplifting these hilarious guys are. I love every second of this.

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  • Jennilee R. Benda
  • 2019-06-25

Too scattered and no real continuity.

Keith's chapter on health just made me angry. That's more my issue than anything else because I have chronic illnesses that make healthy living a huge challenge for me.

Ned's chapter was disappointing. Too much filler and weirdness.

Zach's chapter was interesting.

Eugene's chapter was probably the best of them all, though I imagine it was hard to write and keep his family anonymous.

The biggest thing that bothered me is that a chapter would start featuring a specific Try Guy and then it would be an aside to some other Try Guy's quasi-related story as like a sidebar before going back to the main point of the chapter, which may work layout wise in a print book, but really does not work in an audio book and leaves the listener feeling lost and scattered. This bothered me most during Eugene's family chapter. The outtakes at the end were unnecessary and were kind of loud.

As a long-time Try Guy's fan I was actually really disappointed by this. Maybe the print book is better.

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  • Gerardo
  • 2019-06-20

Awesome book!

This was an awesome glimpse into your lives guy. Thanks for sharing with everyone and will definitely be waiting for when you release your next new book.

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  • RoutineIsLethal
  • 2020-06-01

if you need a laugh and some friendly conversation

The Try Guys are the best! I laughed, I teared up, and I commiserated with them on failure and life's milestones. Give this book a listen and be part of their conversation!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-09

Non-revelatory and Repetitive

If you watch the Try Guys on YouTube then you don't need to listen to this book because you already have a pretty good idea of who Ned, Zach, Eugene, and Keith are as people. I found the content of this book non-revelatory and repetitive. The overall performance and overuse of curse words left me very annoyed as I listened on my drive to work.

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  • Judy
  • 2019-07-08

Loved this book!

This book was so fun to listen to, and was so much more than I originally anticipated. These guys really made an effort to try to do some very difficult things and didn't sugar coat the results.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-20

Best Book Ever

This book is amazing. it really changed my life. The Try Guys are the best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-14

It's ok.

Entire book: "#@¢% up because you'll learn from it."
Honestly Zach was pretty annoying. Ned's section was just weird, they just narrated a try video. Keith's section was good. Eugene's was really good.

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  • Clara
  • 2020-08-10

They tried and succeeded!

You will laugh out loud, you will cry a little...or a lot. You will smile the rest.
These men are absolute gems. Thank you for sharing your fuck ups. We all have them, we all need to learn from them.

Life is good. This book is great. The audio version is spectacular. Thanks Try Guys!

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  • N.
  • 2019-07-16

Inspiring

Amazing book and performance, absolutly enjoyable till the end of course. Only minor think is that in the Audio book their is the possibility to have a pdf attached, would have been nice to see what you've been talking about sometimes. Congrats for all the hard work 👏🎉