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Uber Chronicles: Field Notes from the Front Seat Kindle Edition
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Initial thoughts: I was excited to read something written by a fellow newbie Uber driver, since I've been driving for about a month now.
-I liked reading positive things about Uber. Most of the stuff online is pretty negative (I agree with a lot of it, but it gets old reading people whine and complain)
-I liked that she's from Maryland, like me, so I actually recognize the places she mentioned
-Some of the rider stories were interesting
-There were obvious punctuation and grammar mistakes
-Some of the life lessons she summed up after each rider are annoyingly trite.
-She does come across as judgemental, at times, especially of people she deems lower class
-She mentions multiple times that she gave rides to minors (teenagers), which is against Uber policy. I also hope the 6 year old she mentions from the "molehill lady" was in an appropriate car/booster seat.
-She talks about this Nerium MLM company she sells product for, which is kind-of annoying. I could tolerate that except she tells one lady to try a supplement called EHT that's supposed to increase brain function. I think it's important to disclose that one of the ingredients in it can interact with many medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, etc. And can cause side effects like vomiting, tremors, etc. Which I think is interesting since she's against "big pharma", which at least sells products regulated by the FDA, unlike supplement companies.
-Consider lumping the rider stories together in a cohesive manner so the life lessons apply to several grouped stories
Summary: Interesting read. Don't think it's worth paying $9 for it. I would consider paying that, or maybe more, if all of her Uber chronicles were condensed into one book.
Jessie, who is equipped with an abysmal sense of direction but happy GPS-user, who likes a relatively tidy car but has not mastered the skills of cleaning the car windows (neither have I) becomes a firstly somewhat reluctant Uber-driver.
The book tells some of her best experiences; each story ends on a key experience. And, with that she shows us that she is willing to learn from every experience as well as that there is something to be learned from every experience.
There are no earth-shattering revelations but it is an entertaining book. Definitively, a "should-read" for frequent Uber customers.
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
I loved reading this book and I am hoping that she will continue to write and share what she learns, whether she continues to work as an Uber driver or decides to do something else exciting and challenging in the future.