Okay Fine Whatever by Courtenay Hameister audiobook

Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things

By Courtenay Hameister
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Little, Brown & Company, Hachette Book Group 9780316395700
7.71 Hours Unabridged
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The story of one chronically anxious woman’s hilarious year-long quest to become braver by seeking out the kinds of experiences she has spent her life avoiding. For most of her life, and even during her years as the host of a popular radio show, Courtenay Hameister lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety. She fretted about everything. Her age. Her size. Her romantic prospects. How likely it was that she would get hit by a bus on the way home. Until a couple years ago, when, in her mid-forties, she decided to fight back against her debilitating anxieties by spending a year doing little things that scared her—things that the average person might consider doing for a half second before deciding: “nope.” Things like: attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a sensory deprivation tank, got (legally) high in the middle of a workday, had a session with a professional cuddler, braved twenty-eight first dates, and—perhaps scariest of all—actually met someone who might possibly appreciate her for who she is. Refreshing, relatable, and pee-your-pants funny, Okay Fine Whatever is Courtenay’s hold-nothing-back account of her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman vs. Fear, reminding us that even the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery and that no matter who you are, it’s possible to fight complacency and become bold, or at least bold-ish, a little at a time.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Paste Magazine Pick of the Ten Best Books of the Month

The story of one chronically anxious woman’s hilarious year-long quest to become braver by seeking out the kinds of experiences she has spent her life avoiding.

For most of her life, and even during her years as the host of a popular radio show, Courtenay Hameister lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety. She fretted about everything. Her age. Her size. Her romantic prospects. How likely it was that she would get hit by a bus on the way home.

Until a couple years ago, when, in her mid-forties, she decided to fight back against her debilitating anxieties by spending a year doing little things that scared her—things that the average person might consider doing for a half second before deciding: “nope.”

Things like: attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a sensory deprivation tank, got (legally) high in the middle of a workday, had a session with a professional cuddler, braved twenty-eight first dates, and—perhaps scariest of all—actually met someone who might possibly appreciate her for who she is.

Refreshing, relatable, and pee-your-pants funny, Okay Fine Whatever is Courtenay’s hold-nothing-back account of her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman vs. Fear, reminding us that even the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery and that no matter who you are, it’s possible to fight complacency and become bold, or at least bold-ish, a little at a time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Courtney Hameister narrates this engaging, insightful, and at times hilarious account…She’s especially good at capturing her own anxiety-driven inner monologues during awkward circumstances such as a first sexual encounter and is often laugh-out-loud funny. A former NPR host, Hameister is a terrific narrator—she gets comic timing and tone fully…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Reads like an adventure novel and a secret whispered into your ear. It felt true to me and alive and real.” Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“[A] bitingly funny memoir…A smart, inspiring read.” People
“Hameister details her experiences with brutal honesty and sidesplitting hilarity.” Shelf Awareness
“The author not only chronicles how she faced her inner demons and won; she also offers a reminder that doing even the smallest thing to conquer fear ‘is enough to change a lot.’ A fresh, intelligent memoir.” Kirkus Reviews
“You can’t help but fall in love with this gem of a book. Courtenay…makes the smallest moments vivid, meaningful, and laugh-out-loud funny.” Annabelle Gurwitch, author of I See You Made an Effort

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Author Bio: Courtenay Hameister

Author Bio: Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister is a professional nervous person. During her twelve years as host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated public radio show, she interviewed over five hundred intimidating people and wrote two hundred personal essays in bursts of anxiety-fueled inspiration at midnight the night before each show. Her work has also been featured in McSweeney’s, APM’s Marketplace, MoreMagazine and some scathing emails to the customer service department at Macy’s.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 7.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English