How to Be Perfect (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.3 • 100 Ratings
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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

From the creator of The Good Place and the cocreator of Parks and Recreation, a hilarious, thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life, drawing on 2,500 years of deep thinking from around the world. Read by the author, this one-of-a-kind audio production features guest appearances by members of the cast of The Good Place.

Most people think of themselves as “good", but it’s not always easy to determine what’s “good” or “bad”—especially in a world filled with complicated choices and pitfalls and booby traps and bad advice. Fortunately, many smart philosophers have been pondering this conundrum for millennia and they have guidance for us. With bright wit and deep insight, How to Be Perfect explains concepts like deontology, utilitarianism, existentialism, ubuntu, and more, so we can sound cool at parties and become better people.

Schur starts off with easy ethical questions like “Should I punch my friend in the face for no reason?” (No.) and works his way up to the most complex moral issues we all face. Such as: Can I still enjoy great art if it was created by terrible people? How much money should I give to charity? Why bother being good at all when there are no consequences for being bad? And much more. By the time the book is done, we’ll know exactly how to act in every conceivable situation, so as to produce a verifiably maximal amount of moral good. We will be perfect, and all our friends will be jealous. Okay, not quite. Instead, we’ll gain fresh, funny, inspiring wisdom on the toughest issues we face every day.

How to Be Perfect is narrated by Michael Schur, Kristen Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Marc Evan Jackson, Jameela Jamil, and Todd May!

Michael Schur
hr min
January 25
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

Tiphaneelyn ,

Funny & Illuminating

I love this book. I enjoyed reading it and I learned quite a bit. It’s funny, it explains crucial aspects of various philosophies in simple terms, and it has helped me reflect on my own attempts to be a better human. (And don’t forget, knowledge beats cruelty!)

whatever a few you ,

Good at being funny bad at being Morley consistent

Kassidytrickett ,

Another typical Hollywood book

This book was tough to finish. I for one do not like ethics in general so I was hoping this books would spice things up and make ethics a little more fun. It didn’t.

Mike shows his liberal, left-wing biases throughout the book which was a bummer because again, I was hoping for a more fun view on ethics.

I was also hoping for more background into the decision making behind “The Good Place” being a fan of the show but there was only a few mentions of the show.

I gave it 2 stars because it was a good book to listen to/read at night to put me to sleep.

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