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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anneli Rufus Narrator: Susanna Burney Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781593164164
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In Stuck, the author of the highly praised Party of One: The Loners’ Manifesto identifies a rather striking social trend: many people are stuck. Be it in the wrong relationship, the wrong career, the wrong town, or with the wrong friends, some of them even say they want to make a change but … somehow … never get the job done. A self-described “adolescent in size-ten shoes who is also a happily married homeowner with a master’s degree,” Anneli Rufus knows whereof she speaks. In this book, she draws on her own life experience as well as interviews with others who are also—in some way or another, and to differing degrees—immobilized. Tracing the many subtle ways in which American culture often conspires to keep us stalled, Rufus delivers a long-awaited diagnosis for our day and age: stuck. But there can be a light at the end of the tunnel; Rufus also tells the stories of people who managed to become unstuck and of others who, after much reflection, decided that where they are is best. After all, she says: “What looks to you like paralysis looks to others like passion. What looks to you like a rut, others would call commitment, true absorption in a topic, a relationship, a career, a pursuit, a place. What looks to you like boredom, others call commitment. And even contentment.” Stuck is a wise and passionate exploration of the dreams we hold dearest for ourselves—and the road to actually achieving them. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/9/2014

    " "If you can convince children that objective reality is an illusion, that A does not equal A, that black is white, and that good is bad, if can make them accept that everything is subjective and relative, then you own them. They will believe any drivel." --Anneli Rufus "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 1/16/2014

    " It was a personal dissertation on how she sees other people. Occasionally she has these great points that gets lost in her distaste of how others live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/14/2014

    " Well written with mayn great points. I do not necessarily agree on some of the points as sticking points or examples of being stuck. I also felt that some of the examples dragged on and could be condensed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunnye | 12/27/2013

    " definitely some things that resonated with me--many things hard to read because they were true... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz S. | 12/20/2013

    " Insightful! Will have to read again as a reference book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Idiosyncratic | 11/22/2013

    " Just could not get into it...boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrillew | 10/13/2013

    " sounds more like a personal rant of sorts against classifying alcohol and drug addictions as "disease". the rest isn't particularly scholarly or well informed. this seems like a poorly written informal screed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Kaufmann | 9/18/2013

    " Not a self help book but very intriguing assessment of how we get stuck in jobs, relationships and the past and how we can try and free ourselves and become unstuck. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula | 8/31/2013

    " Not as interesting of a social commentary as I'd hoped. AS much as I tried, I could not pick it back up again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 8/24/2013

    " She was so stuck in the idea of staying stuck, I couldn't even bear to finish it. I made it halfway. A complete waste of money and time I could spend being unstuck! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Ormsby | 6/24/2013

    " Lots to think and talk about in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/9/2013

    " This book was more social commentary than a guide to how to get out of your rut, but nonetheless I did copy the first chapter for my sister. I've contemplated buying it for her, but guess that she'd be offended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/30/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. I must say at times, she is depressing. yes, the American culture is broken, please come up with some suggestions as to have to make it better! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summer | 11/18/2012

    " I thought the author was a little "STUCK". I couldn't get through this, found it was dragging, and once you explain "Stuck" you can please stop explaining and move on... she didn't. I took it back to the library and MOVED ON. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Warwriter | 11/2/2012

    " This book just rambles and rambles and goes on and on about nothing. The book itself is stuck. Maybe that's the point the author was trying to make? Regardless, it's not funny, and I don't want to be stuck in her rut. I'm stuck enough in my own. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 1/22/2012

    " boring could not get into it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/10/2011

    " inbteresting concept and exploration of the topic. Looks at people getting "stuck" in relationships, jobs they don't like, in dramas from the past, etc "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 8/6/2011

    " Agreed with others that the book did ramble quite a bit. However, I do think there was a point made about not giving in to defeatist thinking, as well as recognizing behavior that's holding one back (staying "stuck") "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nessabella | 6/25/2011

    " her writing is all over the place, she jumps around a lot, but her basic message is rad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunnye | 6/16/2011

    " definitely some things that resonated with me--many things hard to read because they were true... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/9/2011

    " Agreed with others that the book did ramble quite a bit. However, I do think there was a point made about not giving in to defeatist thinking, as well as recognizing behavior that's holding one back (staying "stuck") "

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

    " Insightful! Will have to read again as a reference book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/10/2010

    " Lots to think and talk about in this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 9/10/2010

    " boring could not get into it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 6/23/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. I must say at times, she is depressing. yes, the American culture is broken, please come up with some suggestions as to have to make it better! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula | 4/27/2010

    " Not as interesting of a social commentary as I'd hoped. AS much as I tried, I could not pick it back up again. "

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About the Author

Anneli Rufus is the critically acclaimed author of several books including The Scavengers’ Manifesto and Party of One: A Loner’s Manifesto. An award-winning journalist and poet, she has written for dozens of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and Salon. She lives in Berkeley, California.

About the Narrator

Susanna Burney has appeared in a wide range of plays on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Her favorite roles include Hamlet, Olga in Three Sisters, Mrs. Wilcox in a stage adaptation of Howard’s End, and as the solo performer in Man to Man, for which she was named best actress of the year in the Seattle weekly, the Stranger. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University.