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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Piven Narrator: J. P. Guimont Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781482976205
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Once upon a time, there was a swimming-pool repairman who only had a hundred-dollar bill to pay for a hot dog, requested the change in lottery tickets, and subsequently won $180 million. Strange, but ultimately true. 

In this insightful, thoroughly entertaining book, countless similar case studies of “as luck would have it …” are presented, offering a fascinating survey of the phenomenon. Weaving the subjects’ own beliefs about their experiences with compelling research on chance, probability, and luck psychology, As Luck Would Have It also includes research on how to prepare for luck, how to deal with it when it arrives, and how to make the choices that will most benefit you. Are you ready?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As Piven knows, readers enjoy nothing more than witnessing a likable character get sideswiped by an act of nature or rise from the humdrum of everyday life through an uncanny spell of good fortune. The stories work because Piven takes us back with meticulous detail to the historical second when luck is about to strike.”

    USA Today

  • “An entertaining and thought provoking read for anyone who believes in luck, and anyone who doesn’t…Action-packed cliffhangers are interspersed with quirkier stories about one-hit wonders and accidental millionaires…Piven’s gift is for storytelling.”

    Providence Journal

  • “These people are all fascinating, and the details in each profile are well presented.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[J P. Guimont] possesses admirable diction and reads with listenable fluidity.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 10/27/2013

    " It was kind of interesting, but the author went into WAY too much detail. I felt like I was reading his complete notes and research of the book instead of the final draft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/20/2013

    " Great stories and easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 3/20/2013

    " What is the nature of luck? Stories from real life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 3/4/2013

    " Everything happens for a reason And LUCK does really exist! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/3/2012

    " Read the first story, skimmed the second and third, didn't read the last few. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 7/20/2012

    " Not bad for a quick, easy read. Most of the stories are interesting. This lacks any in-depth information, though, and a few of the stories are a bit boring and contain unnecessary details. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 *•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•* | 2/17/2012

    " Truthfully there was two or three storys that I read all the way through. The topic in each little story was interesting, but the way it was written took all the fun out of reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julian | 11/7/2011

    " A very entertaining and quick read about luck. Maybe I should invest $100 in Lotto tickets. We shall see... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/17/2011

    " Some interesting stories. Not engaging enough to read straight through. The writer offers no interesting insights. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby | 8/9/2011

    " "Defensive pessimism" - me in a nutshell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/5/2011

    " Many mini stories, first couple were the best, listened to in car on CD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indah Threez Lestari | 3/24/2011

    " 939th - 2011 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Short | 2/24/2011

    " A collection of stories about good luck or bad luck. The one about Tommy TuTone seemed to go on forever, but then a few were absoltuely facinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/22/2010

    " An ok quick read. Not much depth - but then that's not the writer's intent in this small book. More of a quick research book, a collection of observations . . . zzzzzzzzz "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 8/13/2010

    " read the jist of each of the stories ....thought the author went on with boring unimportant details ....was a really random and poorly put together collection of stories IMO "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/6/2010

    " Many mini stories, first couple were the best, listened to in car on CD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julian | 6/1/2010

    " A very entertaining and quick read about luck. Maybe I should invest $100 in Lotto tickets. We shall see... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/11/2010

    " It was kind of interesting, but the author went into WAY too much detail. I felt like I was reading his complete notes and research of the book instead of the final draft. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 3/31/2010

    " read the jist of each of the stories ....thought the author went on with boring unimportant details ....was a really random and poorly put together collection of stories IMO "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/17/2010

    " A collection of stories about good luck or bad luck. The one about Tommy TuTone seemed to go on forever, but then a few were absoltuely facinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 2/6/2010

    " Read the first story, skimmed the second and third, didn't read the last few. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 *•.?.•*Sabrina*•.?.•* | 5/25/2009

    " Truthfully there was two or three storys that I read all the way through. The topic in each little story was interesting, but the way it was written took all the fun out of reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby | 4/7/2009

    " "Defensive pessimism" - me in a nutshell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/11/2008

    " An ok quick read. Not much depth - but then that's not the writer's intent in this small book. More of a quick research book, a collection of observations . . . zzzzzzzzz "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 8/1/2008

    " Everything happens for a reason And LUCK does really exist! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 9/3/2007

    " What is the nature of luck? Stories from real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 8/20/2007

    " Some interesting stories. Not engaging enough to read straight through. The writer offers no interesting insights. "

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About the Author

Joshua Piven is coauthor, with David Borgenicht, of the bestselling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and its sequels. More than five million copies of his books have been sold. He lives in Philadelphia.

About the Narrator

J. P. Guimont has been stage acting since the age of five. He attended the University of Maine at Orono and studied theater under Dr. Sandra Hardy. Guimont is also a charter member and cofounder of the Cast, a theater company located in Portland, Maine.