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Top Customer Reviews
Having read it, I can say it is just what I expected. Matt gives us little stories about the places we've seen in his videos and adds a bit of behind-the-scenes depth to the videos. The travel stories are broken up by intermissions about how it all came into being, and each phase that the viral story goes through.
So, let's be frank, Matt isn't a writer, at least not in the literary meaning of the word. He has a wit and dry humor that is very readable and entertaining, but these stories aren't going to make it into the New Yorker. That said, it's a nice coffee table book. The stories are short enough you can read one while waiting for someone to get you a drink and they are fairly entertaining, if not a bit repetitive. I found myself ready for a break after reading 2-3.
Who should read/buy this book? People who love the Matt videos. People who need a clever book on the table when others come to their house so they seem worldly and in the know on these things. Those looking to buy something for a recent college graduate who already has, or doesn't want, a picture frame, a candle stick holder, and/or an expensive pen.
It's a good book and worth the price.
It was satisfying to get the background story behind many of the video clips, for example the beautiful Bollywood dance scene in India and the North Korean DMZ video. A few of the chapters left me wanting a bit more but maybe this was Matt's intent--not so much to bring the world to us, but rather to entice us to go out and see it for ourselves.
Briefly stated: well done, Matt, well done.
P.S.: Be sure not to miss the mini-flipbook animation action of Matt's dancing silhouette on the lower right corner of the page. I'm not sure if this was intended but it does seem to work.
If you have a sarcastic dry sense of humor you'll enjoy this book, if you're not sure, try reading some of matt's journal at [...]. It has some of the same stories but it is still worth it to purchase the book to have and share with friends. The perfect coffee table book.
thanks matt, way to go!
His new book gives an honest account of his travels around the world. The book is divided into 3 parts that follow the beginning of it all and his two videos. Each part features a number of chapters for some of the most interesting places he visited. The chapters are short, but humorous and interesting. Matt gives you his thoughts and ideas behind the shots and we also get insight into his emotions regarding "taking" a moment from someone without being able to return it.
Some say that he is just doing it for the money, but the truth is that his travels are funded and he plans everything himself.
If you liked the videos, you are going to love this!
Matt is a guy that was all over your email inbox a couple of years ago - the video that your pal sent you where some average joe is doing a silly white man's dance in front of a dizzying array of international locales. he ended up getting corporate sponsorship (thanks for those several minutes of bliss, stride gum!) and made another 2 videos, all of the same shtick.
if you haven't seen those videos (go watch 'em now), and if they didn't have some ineffable emotional pull on you (you stone-hearted curmudgeon), this book is pretty much useless. a quick series of anecdotes about some of the locations Matt traveled to, this reads like the director's commentary on a dvd version of the video: tales of how he arrived at some of the more remote locales, the potential for exploitation inherent in getting grubby street urchins to play along for the camera, wandering aimlessly through airports, and the power of the internet to showcase everyone just getting along. the secret to the videos' huge success is that they aren't really about anything, other than taking joy in the time allotted to you on this earth, and the book manages to not be about too much, either. that's not at all a bad thing - Matt knows he's no philosopher or life coach, so he just lets the travelogue and the occasional snapshot speak for themselves - but it does mean that without familiarity with the videos, this isn't a stand-alone tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book with some parts of the story that aren't included (or emphasized) on the website. Not a necessary book, though. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Archer Phil
Like most other reviewers, I am a big fan of Matt Harding's viral videos in which he dances all over the Earth. I'm also a fan of travel memoirs. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Frank Grimes
I thought the commentary was honest and I appreciated that. The concept and the places he talked about where pre interesting to me and i'm sure many other. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by sa
I saw his video on You Tube and then went to his website. The book tells the story of where and how the video was made and gives insight about Matt. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Mary M Leveck
I'd never heard of You Tube sensation Matt Harding. I was a little turned off by the swear word in the title. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Susan Mires
I like this book. It is mainly pictures with short stories behind the pictures. It was really interesting reading what was going on behind the scenes - e.g. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by FreeSpirit
This book is a quick but enjoyable read, and a great companion to Matt's joyful Youtube videos and website. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by M. Carroll
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