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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Perry Narrator: Brian Holsopple Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781611749670
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John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfort’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that actually you can accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use. Who knew that placing “Learn Chinese” at the top of your to-do list would inspire you to get the less monumental tasks below it done? Witty, wise, and beautifully written, The Art of Procrastination will make the perfect gift for the untold number of lollygaggers out there.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Loïc | 2/16/2014

    " Funny but light... very light "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Analisa | 2/15/2014

    " Procrastinators would probably love this book. He justifies and brings out the good points of procrastinators (yes, somewhat sarcastically). Non-procrastinators might not appreciate it so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 2/3/2014

    " I got this book as an ebook, a preview from NetGalley. Very funny look at some of the benefits of procrastination and how to psych yourself out and actually get a lot done while not beating yourself up about what you don't get around to; and how to manage to get the important stuff done. Encouraging, quick read - great little book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harsh | 2/3/2014

    " A wonderful take on the well known epidemic of procrastination. The book is light-hearted and easy to read until you realize the seriousness and reasoning behind the suggestions. While it doesn't promise that it will make you kick the habit it does set your moral compass in the right place to feel less guilty and work around the habit to eventually be more effective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 1/16/2014

    " This was a fun, quick read that gave me a few insights into my procrastinating soul. I really the idea of prioritized lists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/8/2014

    " I did not find this to be a funny book or a helpful book. I found it to be a $12.95 xmas/birthday gift for a co-worker or someone you need a gift for but don't really know. Best advice/quote in the book is by someone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/27/2013

    " Stanford University philosophy professor John Perry shows how to get things done while dawdling, lollygagging and postponing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauntel | 9/22/2013

    " I wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be insightful and incredibly funny. But, to me, it was only mildly humorous and not really that insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marykay Pogar | 7/27/2013

    " So, it seems that with my habit of extreme procrastination, I'm actually getting a lot done. Nothing I'm supposed to be doing, like my taxes, but, you know, stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charla | 7/26/2013

    " It's like reading a book about me that I never found the time to write . lol ... every artistic and procrastinator personality type should own, read, and highlight a copy ... don't wait! get to it now!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 4/18/2013

    " Kind of cute, also kind of ass-y. Not a bad way to waste some time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 3/29/2013

    " This book was a little too whimsical for me. The author is a former professor. I attended a book signing. He's very engaging, but don't waste your money buying this book. I'm still a procrastinor! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Bennett | 1/18/2013

    " Was excited about this book, figured I had a philo-gem. But alas, not a gem but a frivolous moneymaker for the author. Disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabina | 10/11/2012

    " A very quick read, one I almost wish was longer so I could put off more stuff I was avoiding by reading this book. I found it really useful, because Perry gives some strategies for being more productive as a procrastinator, rather than giving well-intentioned but useless advice on how to quit. "

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About the Author

John Perry is an emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University and currently teaches at UC Riverside. He is the cohost of the nationally syndicated public radio program Philosophy Talk, and a 2011 winner of an Ig Nobel Prize in Literature for the essay “Structured Procrastination.” He lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California.

About the Narrator

Brian Holsopple has been in the voice-over and audio business for more than twenty years. His commercial client list includes Discover Channel, Virginia Lottery, and City Bank of Texas, among others. A winner of the 2007 Publisher’s Weekly Audiobook Award, he has narrated books for Arthur C. Clarke, Henry Wiencek, and Jay Rubenstein.