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The Hidden Power of F*cking Up

Narrated by: The Try Guys
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Laugh Out Loud & Learn

Absolutely loved this book. The narration is hilarious, it feels like I’m in a room with my 4 best friends. The personal stories about f*cking up, and TRYING are inspiring. Definitely worth a listen!! I plan on listening to it again soon!

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Exactly what you'd expect - in the best way!

So glad I pre-ordered this gem! If you are unfamiliar with these internet darlings prior to reading you may be in for a surprise or two but if you're a fan you know largely what to expect. At times a sincere and heartfelt glimpse into their private lives, and at other times a goofy and ridiculous extension of their videos and podcast. I love that they included individual Try's for each of the boys that were truly comfort-zone-stretching. Definitely cheesy, definitely entertaining, and definitely worth your time and credit.

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Hilarious and Poignant

It was great to get more insight into the Try Guys. THIS is the reason I love Audio Books! Funny, crazy and improv performances. These guys are truly entertaining. Come to Canada!!

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They Tried

They didn't f*ck up the audiobook - they nailed it! See what I did there?

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must listen

loved it. the narration was so casual it felt like actually being in the room or on the phone with them.

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I really enjoyed this audiobook, I identify a lot with Eugene and how he struggles with intimacy with family. I might try some of the tips that the others guys gave him, there’s no harm in trying. :)

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Love!

I love the Try Guys. Listening to their voices and experiences is entertaining - they could be talking about anything!

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The Realness!!

I LOVE this! Such a personal look at everything and some wise words and outlooks on life and the value of failure.

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AMAZING

Storytelling at it's finest! Highly recommend this book. It captures you until the very end! I will be listening to this way more than one time for sure.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-17

10/10 RECOMMEND!!!

First off, I love watching the Try Guys and I was so excited to real their book! I have been listening to this book while I work out in the morning (doing my very own “try” inspired by Keith and his health journey!) and I’m so sad that it’s over!!! If you enjoy hearing about people and their attempts to better themselves as people (while still being HILARIOUS) I would definitely listen to this book! I’m so glad the guys have a podcast so I still have something to listen to while I’m working out!

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  • Jordon Ryan
  • 2019-07-16

A real self help

Most self help books seem like fake advice. This book on the other hand, gives you the Try Guys real life experiences while really making you think about how messing up in life and trying to better yourself is a messy and imperfect process. But it makes sense.

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  • Alexander Farley
  • 2019-07-15

I'm going to follow their advice

I listened to it in the span of two days and I loved it. I've been a fan for years but this is one of their best works.

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  • Heather
  • 2019-07-15

Another slam dunk by the Try Guys

As a huge fan of the Try Guys since they're very beginnings at buzzfeed I knew I was gonna have to get this book. I can honestly say for it being my very 1st audible book I regret nothing!! I love watching these guys grow, I love what they stand for, and I'll probably be a life long fan of these crazy four guys! Well done Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene!!!

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  • Jessie J calvillo
  • 2019-07-14

Very inspirational

Being a fan of the Try Guys, I knew this was not going to be anything less than amazing. They provide great insight into challenges in life and ways to get through the. Their own life lessons come to life with the hilarious satire that is the Try Guys. Fantastic book 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 👏🎉