The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
Samantha Ettus
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The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
Samantha Ettus
narrated by ensemble cast
Highbridge Audio
Unabridged CD - 6 CDs, 7+ hours
May 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Often, it’s said that life doesn’t come with a guidebook. That is quite true, though one would think that life should come with several guidebooks for various aspects of your life. After all, a book that covers love, money, and entertainment might confuse the reader enough that he ends up loving to buy entertainment or buys loving entertainment and misses the individual points altogether. But The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do wants to be one of those guidebooks in your life, providing you sound advice on a hundred things that you are more than likely to do in the course of your life. Some of these are everyday occurrences (such as flossing and applying makeup) and others may be once in a lifetime choices (such as buying a house or planning a wedding).

So in an attempt to fill our “personal knowledge gap” by giving us the know-how on the fundamentals of everyday tasks, Samantha Ettus went out and collected one hundred specialists on the various everyday items that she thought we should all know how to approach. She convinced them to provide clear, concise, and sound advice. Then, she put it together for the rest of us to learn. With both recognizable names like Donald Trump and lesser-known people like Terry Savage, this audiobook provides easy-to-follow tasks that work just as well for audio as they do for reading.

The order and alignment quickly becomes an evident strong point of this work. For instance, we are taught to smile naturally before learning the best approaches to flirting; following these, we learn how to ask that someone special out on a date and give a great kiss. The structure also lends itself to remembering the individual tips better since correlating material gets grouped together under the categories. Despite this, a printed index or table of contents might have proven a bit useful when referencing specific tasks.

Four alternating narrators present this audiobook. The two men break up the various instructions from different men and two women do the same for the women. The narrators all do well in their task, often providing the key tone to match the written piece whether it be humorous or straightforward. A fifth narrator delivers all the introductions of the tipsters.

Not all of the tips will be relevant and some cater more expense than seems really appropriately (such as frequent spa treatments). Some tips may be unnecessary to that individual listener or not be deemed an everyday thing one should know. But sufficient information from a wide variety of specialists allows the listener to learn a significant amount of everyday things that they may have been doing haphazardly or are afraid to approach.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lance Eaton, 2005

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