cover image The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

Amanda Palmer, read by the author. Hachette Audio, , unabridged, 10 CDs, 11.5 hrs., $30 ISBN 978-1-47898288-3

Palmer, well-known in the alternative music scene for her work with the Dresden Dolls and her groundbreaking use of social media and crowdsource funding to support her creative endeavors, offers a fusion of autobiography and self-help, presenting a message of empowerment for those afraid to ask others for help in furthering personal and professional goals. Palmer in particular has had to find peace with accepting various forms of support from her financially successful spouse, the bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The narrative is interspersed with related songs from Palmer’s own repertoire and musical appearances by singer-songwriter and friend Ben Folds. Palmer’s transitions between speaking and singing flow effectively, and she provides a warm and quirky conversational style. Granted, some listeners who are looking primarily for personal development may not take to the artistic facets of the recording, but Palmer’s talent cannot be denied. The renderings of her famous husband’s calm and collected British delivery are especially entertaining.[em] A Grand Central hardcover. (Nov.) [/em]