• You're Doing Great!

  • And Other Reasons to Stay Alive
  • By: Tom Papa
  • Narrated by: Tom Papa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (382 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

"You're Doing Great! is your no-nonsense go-to collection of essays to get you through the increasing noise and chatter of self-doubt and confusion in the new millennium. Tom Papa is a funny, empathetic guide and your new best friend." (Patton Oswalt)

"Read it. Listen to it. Whatever, do what you want. According to Tom you're doing great." (Whitney Cummings)

Comedian and Live from Here head writer Tom Papa, author of Your Dad Stole My Rake, tackles the modern condition in a heartwarming group of short essays.

Tom Papa is a little worried about you. You seem stressed, overworked, and, frankly, a little mixed up. 

Everyone is fighting an overwhelming feeling that things are getting worse, that we should be doing more, that we're not good enough. Well, life isn't perfect. There have always been problems, and there always will be. You can fight for the things you believe in, you can work really, really hard, but you shouldn't lose track of the fact that while you're doing all that, life is flying by at lightning-fast speed. 

If you actually take a breath and look around, you'll realize you're actually doing great. Here's the thing: We live in an amazing time filled with airplanes, scooters, and peanut butter cups. We have air conditioning, blenders, and martini shakers. It's time to refocus, enjoy it all, and stop waiting for something better! 

Relax with comedian and Live from Here writer and performer Tom Papa as he explores his favorite subjects in 75 essays, including:

  • "You Don't Have to Live Your Best Life"
  • "Don't Open the Mail"
  • "I'm So Baked"
  • "I Love Your Love Handles"
  • "Don't Go Tubing"
  • "Shut Up and Eat"

Recalibrate, turn off your device, and open your eyes to a better reality: You're doing great!

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

©2020 Tom Papa (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A good “book”?

This is a perfect audiobook for driving/ working.
Not too deep or thought provoking, just encouraging and funny. Definitely recommend for the anxious/ busy brain.

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It's just OK...

If you watched his most recent Netflix show with the same title, it's the same as this but longer and not as funny.

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Great Message!

Laugh and feel better about yourself! It's a win-win from one of the best comedians around!

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Laughing While Walking Makes the Neighbors Think You're Crazy

I love to read and never thought I would enjoy listening to books. I was wrong. Listened on my walks and while doing chores around the house. I'm sure the neighbors are probably wondering what I was smiling or chuckling about. I think the fact that it was read by Tom Papa made it even better. I really appreciated the bright spot during COVID. I'm doing great!

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Fans of Tom Papa will love it

the book has a pretty similar vibe to his comedy special he release just before the book. if you liked that special or tom papa in general, you should enjoy this book

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Amazingly funny

Tom Papa is outstanding and his observational humor is hilarious. I am late to discover how talented this man it is but I absolutely love his sense of humor. Absolutely well worth purchasing.

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funny light and positive!

downloaded this to help me fall asleep because his voice is so calming, but was laughing so hard I woke my husband up! loved it, individual stories 6 minutes long and so relatable. A new fan of Tom Poppa, I recommend this in audio, great story teller love his voice too!

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Get now

I have been suffering from a special (special for me) case of depression and anxiety. I already love his comedy, so when I saw this I had to get it. So worth it! I laughed, teared up in places, but rather unexpectedly, reflected. He made me think so much about my own life, even down to the ways I think, testing my perspectives. I listened to this entire book in about 2 days. Absolutely wonderful. Side note: I had to research Carl. Got to say I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t see his face.

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audible put this book in my library w/out permissi

audible, don't put books in my library. I will put books in my library. if it happens again I will cancel my subscription

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Get this NOW!!!!!

Have you ever read a book by a comedian so amazing that you wanted to buy it for all your friends? I have.

This book is a well needed breath of fresh air. Your self help books and novels can wait.

GET IT. And let Tom read it to you.

Could you buy a print version and read it yourself? I suppose, if you're a freak with so much spare time you have to waste it by physically reading books with your eyes. But why? Poor Tom spent all that time and energy getting it exactly right just for you!

And you know his producer made him do certain parts over. No way he nailed every word, every time. Whole sentences, maybe whole chapters had to be repeated.

I decided to let Tom read this to me at his normal speaking pace, vs my normal 1.5x speed, and I'm so glad I did. I got the full effect of all his giggles and tonal jokes that way.

Everyone north of 35yo should have to read this book. Or better yet, have it read to them.

You deserve it. You'll certainly laugh, you'll agree with 95% of what he says (unless you're "shit people" who cut in line at airports), and you might even tear up when you get to the chapter called "Let's Go Back".

GET THIS BOOK. You will not regret it.