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Random House presents the audiobook edition of How to Be Right, written and read by James O'Brien. 

Forget agreeing to disagree - it’s time to learn How to Be Right.

Every day, James O’Brien listens to people blaming benefits scroungers, the EU, Muslims, feminists and immigrants. But what makes James’s daily LBC show such essential listening - and has made James a standout social media star - is the careful way he punctures their assumptions and dismantles their arguments live on air, every single morning.

In How to Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards.

If you ever get cornered by ardent Brexiteers, Daily Mail disciples or little England patriots, this book is your conversation survival guide.

‘I have had a ringside seat as a significant swathe of the British population was persuaded that their failures were the fault of foreigners, that unisex lavatories threatened their peace of mind and that ‘all Muslims’ must somehow apologise for terror attacks by extremists. I have tried to dissuade them and sometimes succeeded.... The challenge is to distinguish sharply between the people who told lies and the people whose only offence was to believe them.’ (James O’Brien)

©2018 James O'Brien (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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I only purchased this because of the 1Star reviews

I would not have normally purchased this but I was inspired to do so by all the negative reviews from people who’ve clearly never read it.

I thought it could have dived deeper but, nevertheless, It should be core text for aspiring journalists.

Moral leadership is an essential characteristic, but far too limited, in those with power and influence. This book will help empower those driven by positive vocation and make the weaker squirm and it will hopefully challenge their complicity in wherever the divisions in our society lead us.

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A breath of fresh air in a shit slinging culture

The beat book I have come across in a long time. It’s an excellent, common sense educational approach to the toxic drip feeding conveyer belt of deceit and manipulation from the establishment and self serving individuals rhetoric and approach to seeking and maintaining power. Not only does the author see through the bull shit of people, he is able to engage people in such a way that it’s not entertaining but also insightful.

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I had high expectations & they were surpassed.

I’m a grumpy man who will agree 90% with James but like to concentrate on the 10% we may differ. I found myself slightly annoyed that after this book it’s up to 99%. I save the 1% so I don’t look like a fanboy.
Really well read & meticulously thought out.
He was kind & tried to be understanding to people he didn’t necessarily agree with.
Makes sense of much we feel ourselves but are to frustrated to articulate.
Oh I’ve found a complaint. Too short. Needs a second in the series.

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How to be sanctimonious and egotistical

The title of this book is more than a little misleading. I was hoping that there might be some sort of method constructing how one could look at a question and reach a factually based conclusion. This is very much not what this book is.

This audiobook is borderline offensive. It takes excerpts from radio interviews with the author with the caller's words edited and acted in such a manner that every caller (with which the author disagrees) is made to sound like an idiot. I don't dispute that some of the points made by the callers are indeed idiotic, but selecting these particular examples is not a great way of proving that your opinion on the subject matter of each chapter is correct.

I'm not sure how this has garnered the positive praise from the broadcasters listed against their quotes. My opinion of each of them has also been impacted.

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How to be right in an echo chamber.

The book is just like his radio show, James Vs Controlled Opposition and twisting what people say.

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Very boring, distorted calls, disappointing

Was looking forward to this but Obrien seems to be virtue signalling throughout. Very disappointed that for his examples of stupid call ins to his show, he has used someone who sounds like a complete imbecile to read it. Could you have found anyone who sounds any more stupid? All in all very boring, only got half way through and couldn't take any more...

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Delusions of grandeur.

By the middle of the introduction I was considering a refund. A full book about how everyone who doesn't align with his views is racist, sexist, xenophobic etc. Attempts to corroborate his points with his examples of people on his show. Obviously he is such an intellectual titan that if we could just see it we would all be as right as him and theres no room for nuance. I stuck it out hoping to expose myself to opposing views and well articulated ideas. I was disappointed. Don't waste a credit.

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I'm sure there was a point somewhere?

After a few chapters of pointless waffle I gave up on this.

Clearly aimed at a different demographic.

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Makes so much sence

Captivating from start to finish. I learned a great deal and intend to approach things differently from now on.

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Modern life is rubbish. but this book is goodish

putting bias aside as I've been listening to Mr. J.o.B now for what must be coming up to 5 years I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. O'Briens commentary on everything from political correctness to Islamophobia burns white hot with relevance and honesty.

while I am doubtful about the longevity of this book in terms of shelf life (it's always going to be a problem in terms of relevance when writing a book about "modern" issues) as a relatively "fresh out of the oven" title I found it wonderfully refreshing...how itll stand up in 12 months time however is debatable.

Cracking non the less.

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essential reading in these scary times.

fantastic, important amd relevant book in the current climate of disinformation and the rise of the far right.

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  • 12-11-18

Not long enough

Such a great book! My only issue was that it could have been much longer. I wish it were a 15-hour tome, as I could literally listen to the profound logic emanating from Mr O’Brien all day.

I found myself feeling a little more hopeful at the end that others are also abhorred at the anti-enlightenment direction some countries are heading in. This shared perspective allows me to at least wish that those on the right side of history will push back and carry humanity back on to the progressive path.

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Wonderful and scary

A deep analysis of what drives the narratives in the heads of so many people and how they are manipulated and taught not to think. Unfortunately those who don’t think won’t listen to it or read it because in their own minds they are already “right”

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  • PhryneC
  • 01-11-18

A real treat

James perfectly articulates my own feelings and thoughts in this audiobook. I am always so glad to hear that James has certainty where I have certainty, and ambivalence where I have ambivalence. This book is a real treat - all James - no ads, no traffic reports or PM questions just pure James. Can't wait for its sequel.

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  • 09-12-19

Intellectually dishonest

I was unpleasantly surprised to find that James was being extremely intellectually dishonest in this book. I’m very disappointed, I held him in high regard and I expected more of him.

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  • 23-09-19

An Articulated Triumph

O’Brien masterfully distracts the western 21st century malaise topic by topic while never losing sight of the overall picture. He has an ability to articulate the seemingly most intractable debates in clear and illuminating ways; of particular note was chapter 7 where he deftly casts the veil off structural inequalities by analysing the inextricably interconnected granular incentives at play in individuals lives. The result is both terrifying and instructive, perhaps not surprising given the realties of our society.