• James Acaster's Guide to Quitting Social Media

  • By: James Acaster
  • Narrated by: James Acaster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a self-help book like no other. Because you are not helping yourself, James Acaster is helping you.

When James quit all forms of social media in 2019, he felt like he'd been born anew, but he was worried he'd suffer withdrawal and get lured back online to compete in a never-ending popularity contest with only one possible winner (f--king Zuckerberg). He knew that in order to stay clean, he'd have to replace everything social media used to give him with three-dimensional real-life activities.

And so it was that James found ways to anonymously bully strangers, see photos of everyone's dogs, get invited to as many parties as possible, immediately know about all celebrity deaths, get public figures fired, argue with everybody about everything and so much more without even owning a phone (he painted over the screen of his old one to stop himself looking at Instagram). 

His life is amazing and yours could be too if you buy James Acaster's Guide to Quitting Social Media, Being the Best You You Can Be and Saving Yourself from Loneliness Vol. 1.

You will also need to do everything the book tells you to. Including helping us promote the book by tweeting about it.

©2022 James Acaster (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Trouble with tar.

Would’ve given this book 5 stars in all categories but it was very misleading about the ease of getting tar for my social media addiction. I tried to befriend a road worker as James suggested and was greatly disappointed.

I thought my friendly efforts with the road worker were going to lead to trust and eventually, tar. But it was all a waste of time. It was all “go” at first but turned to “slow down” and “be prepared to stop” in the end. I wish I would’ve seen the signs before I put my heart on the line. Now I am more lonely and tar-less than I’ve ever been and can still see my screen to type this review.

Thanks for almost helping me help myself, James.

Best of luck to the rest of you that try these risky methods.

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Comedic Gold! Those people from Rhyl are scabs

This book has been some of the best writing I've ever seen, er um, heard. It's really good is what I'm trying to say.

This book is a wonderful story absolutely full of clever and punchy wit. The narrator is an excellent storyteller and delivers the book beautifully. Hands down one of the funniest books ever written, and those people from Rhyl are nothing but a bunch of joyless mosquitos who don't know what they're missing.

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Utterly Absurd!

Huge James Acaster fan here, this book made me laugh aloud and also question why this was made. It really is just made up stories, which after seeing interviews with James I have a better appreciation of the book on the whole. I kinda like that he's in a position to do something like this.

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I mean... it's... fine?

I usually like James Acaster, but this was insufferable. The performance was great, but the actual text was just... weirdly self-congratulatory, and not in a funny way. Usually he's funny as hell, but in this he's indistinguishable from every other random British twit who thinks too much of himself.

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Hilarious

Audiobook was the way to go with this one. Hearing this book in James Acaster's voice felt like a 6-hour version of his standup.

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Crazzzzy good

I started out thinking this would be a true story…boy was I wrong. It happened to be the best story ever. Every twist and turn became more and more outlandish, but so so so enjoyable. I would give 10 stars if possible. Don’t look into, just read it. You won’t regret it.

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Brilliant

I’m certain he’s a comic genius. His books and comedy just make life better. His narration is also fantastic.

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Ridiculous, brilliant, nonsense

All I could have hoped for and more. So much ridiculousness and so clever. Made me LOL while running, which made people around me LOL in return - spreading the happiness!

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Help yourself be helped by his help

Acaster has done it- he's written the Great American Novel.
Finally, a self help book that works instantly! I used to be just like you: absolutely lame. But now, with the advice from this life changing book, I've turned a new leaf! It has everything: dumb babies, smart babies, tar, eels, an older man for a pen pal, balls fully inflated with honey, catering, and much much more! After taking this advice to the face for a solid 7 hours, I finally feel ready to take back control of my life, and to blossom into the best me I can be, privately, where no one can see me or judge me or speak to me or perceive me or speak my name (Rumplestiltskin style).
Thank you, James Acaster. You've changed some lives today.

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Loved it

I do wanna paint my phone and ship it off to the storage unit. This will be my final post.

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  • Gee
  • 08-18-22

I'm a fan, but didn't like this book.

I'm a big fan of James' standup and regularly listen to his podcasts, so this isn't one of those "his style of humour wasn't to my taste" kind of reviews.

While there are funny observations about the internet and social media, this book relies way too heavily on fictional anecdotes that are trying much too hard to be 'random' and just aren't funny.
An early example: James has given up social media, but has strayed back under the alias 'Jame Bacaster' in order to talk to someone called Tangerine Jill, a woman who obsessively posts photos of James' hair and wonders what it tastes like. He befriends her by pretending to share a love of obscure pasta and the band Crowded House.

Imagine if the 'Pat Springleaf' bit from his standup lasted nearly 7 hours - that's how I would describe this book.

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  • Alfie Smith
  • 08-18-22

hmmmm

I am a huge fan of James' work and have followed his career for years but will review it honestly. I pre-ordered this ages ago and was excited to listen but it really isn't what I expected. The stories James recounts are random and un-funny which is such a shame! If you're a fan of James I'd suggest giving it a listen but it isn't one I will be re-listening to sadly. The cheese board of literary desserts :(

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  • Joseph w.
  • 08-21-22

quintessentially James Acaster

Whilst this book flirts with real events at best, the book is essentially 6+ hours of the genie's stand-up.
Very up to scratch in my opinion. Lots of "wow" scenarios within ;)

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  • Jack
  • 08-21-22

Funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

Loved this so much that I thought I'd leave a glowing review that James will never read.

James Acaster's classic scrapes was so funny because it was true. This was so funny because it wasn't. I loved the way James's situation got more and more extreme whilst roping in a wonderful cast of characters. The author has such a good voice and such a good understanding of vocabulary that I couldn't stop listening.

Now I'm off to listen to it again and to fantasize about how delicious James Acaster's golden syrup locks must be.

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  • sarah
  • 08-21-22

Heaven

Happy days I spent listening to this while decorating and rearranging my house … the wobbly lines next to the picture rail will remind me of where I laughed out loud and the uneven glosswork on the radiator in the hallway reminds me of the mad memes acaster has come up with
If you ever dreamed of returning to scouts to get that badge never completed then this is for you

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  • max bidgood
  • 08-20-22

Non-sensical genius

If you're a fan of James' stand up shows then you'd be an idiot not to get this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-22

Brilliant

Fantastic, funny and brilliantly sharp. I really enjoyed this - huge thanks to all those involved in the production.

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  • Aiden
  • 09-20-22

It's more like the bible than an instruction manual

There's so many reviews on here from people who haven't listened to the entire book and misunderstand what the book tries to achieve. This isn't a step by step instruction manual, the stories (like the bible) bring up lots of ideas and make you realise how ridiculous your need for social gratification is. It's daft but don't let that fool you.
I came out a completely different person after finishing this book.

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  • Maxwell
  • 08-20-22

Underwhelming

I can’t really tell who the target audience for this book is for? I’ve enjoyed JA for years and recently quit social media, so thought this would be a good fit but the amount of jokes forced into each sentence is intolerable
It feels like it’s meant for kids & teenagers, none of whom would understand the references?
I gave the book a few chapters but the tone never changed and it became too much to bear. Ultimately exhausting.

James read it well but the book is poor, I’d recommend you try reading a few chapters first before buying

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  • Gary Robinson
  • 12-07-22

Most of this is made up .

Complete work of fiction .

James Acaster smells of cabbage . He will never read this review as he’s quit the internet so 🤷🏼‍♂️. Quite amusing .

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  • Malachy
  • 09-06-22

Genius

Brilliant hilarious mix of allegory/metaphor about social media and is also kind of a parody self help book. I love James Acaster and I think I would've enjoyed this regardless of whether it was a serious book or not. but its not... its as mentioned an allegorical fictional story.

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  • stephsbusinessbookshelfpod
  • 09-04-22

Classic Acaster

I wondered if he was going to be able to keep this up for the whole 6.5 hours but he nailed it. If you like James’ stand up this is the best of it - clever puns (hey ma), ridiculous stories, and snarky observations on how we’re all idiots.

Oh, and please note this isn’t an actual self help book about getting off of social media. Although building a castle does sound like a great option.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-22

Brilliant

This was probably one of the funniest books I've ever listened to. I don't know what he's drinking, but some of the scenarios and details within those, are just hilarious. He's an excellent story-teller and it really is a book you can't stop listening to. I frequently found myself in a position where I needed to do something, but was so reluctant because I wanted to keep listening. I can't recommend it more highly, in fact, I started recommending it to people and I was only an hour in, it is that good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-22

Hours of my life I won’t get back.

Over 2 hours in and nothing remotely helpful. Fictional story from a “comedian”

I don’t recommend

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  • Clive
  • 08-28-22

Classic Acaster

If you like his stand-up, particularly the more whimsical and surreal elements, then you'll probably enjoy this a lot. It suffers from the problem some of his other material does where it drags a little in the middle, but the final third is worth sticking around for.

It's as much a comment on how ludicrous behaviour on social media is when viewed from the outside, as it is an opportunity to create a very rich Pat Springleaf style world of bizarre characters and intertwining storylines.

I'm not sure it would work as well in print as it is all a lot funnier in Acaster's own voice, and he gives a great performance reading it. So much so that it works a bit like a very extended stand-up set.

Definitely get the audiobook for this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-22

The best kind of mess to listen to!

Fantastic comment on society and how we use the internet, all bundled into a mess of satire, hyperbole and sarcasm.

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  • A.R.Gianoli
  • 10-02-22

Painfully unfunny

A real chore to get through. I’ve read his previous book and it was but this was terrible.

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  • Taezar
  • 10-01-22

I usually love James Acaster

Sadly, this feels quite forced, and not the gentle snark and self depreciation of previous works. Maybe it was just his performance of the book, but I found it so grating I gave up half way. Sorry James.

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  • michael
  • 10-01-22

Truly magical escapism

laughed so hard more than a little pee came out. warning do not read this or listen to this in public. A young Eddie Izard!!! love this guy. Just class.

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  • Rob in Nelson NZ
  • 09-10-22

I Loved it. Classic James Acaster

At the time of writing this review, the book has been out a few weeks. Reviews I've seen are either Love it, or not. I haven't seen any which are "ho-hum". I'm very much in the love it category, but some aren't. There's an element of that being a James Acaster phenomenon. He's a quirky comedian, and not to everyone's taste. A few have commented that this book is similar to the Pat Springleaf routine in James' "Repertoire" shows (which I think are the best thing on Netflix by a large margin). A group of strange characters in a format of a fictional memoir. If you watch "Repertoire", and enjoy it, this is similar material (but more detailed, and quite a bit stranger - in a good way). I loved it. I usually listen to Audiobooks while walking and that can be pretty weird. I am frequently laughing out loud, but if I was to try to explain what I'm laughing at, they'd take me away to the secure facility because I'd not make sense. Highly recommended if you enjoy James Acaster's humour.