the return of Just A Geek: Teh Audio Book

just_a_geek_audiobook_coverFor almost two years, the only way to get a copy of Just A Geek: Teh Audio Book was to download it from shady websites, or torrent it. I don’t begrudge anyone who picked it up that way, because I wasn’t doing anything to make it easy to get it in a way that put shiny gold coins in my pocket.

Last night, that all changed. Thanks to the fine people at Bandcamp, you can now get your very own, totally legit, guilt-free copy of Just a Geek: Teh Audio Book! You can even listen to the entire thing on the website, and download the first chapter of the book for the low, low price of free.

Here’s the original announcement:

Hey, if you’ve enjoyed my Radio Free Burrito podcasts, I think you may like the audio version of Just A Geek:

This journey is a fascinating read, made even more intimate and fulfilling by Wil’s narrative. This is not just an audio book, it’s a glimpse into the psyche of the man who considers himself… Just a Geek.

A few RFB listeners have commented to me that they picked up the audio book after listening to the podcast, so I thought I’d make it nice and easy for anyone who is interested in checking it out. It’s available as an instantly-downloadable, DRM-free MP3 for just $12.

I’m very proud of the audio book. I’ve talked in the past about what a huge letdown my experience wih O’Reilly was on the print version of the book, and much of the joy I’d hoped to feel with its release has instead come from the recording of the audio version, which ended up being a performance, with asides, commentary, and reflections on the material that aren’t in the print version of the book. I guess it’s like I’m reading the book to you, and occasionally setting it down to give some meta-commentary on various passages.

So if you liked the print book, my PAX keynote, my performance of The Trade, or if you like the podcasts, I’m pretty sure you’ll dig the audiobook.

Here’s all the nifty stuff they put at Amazon about the print version:

“A cleverly constructed and vivid collection of
memoirs with flashes of brilliant wit, this title betters even Dancing
Barefoot.” – Paul Hudson, Linux Format, Nov (top stuff award)

Product Description
Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture “Stand By Me”, and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a viable means of paying the bills. In the oddest of places, Topeka, Kansas, Wil discovered that despite his claims to fame, he was at heart Just a Geek.

In this, his newest book, Wil shares his deeply personal and difficult journey to find himself. You’ll understand the rigors, and joys, of Wil’s rediscovering of himself, as he comes to terms with what it means to be famous, or, ironically, famous for once having been famous. Writing with honesty and disarming humanity, Wil touches on the frustrations associated with his acting career, his inability to distance himself from Ensign Crusher in the public’s eyes, the launch of his incredibly successful web site,, and the joy he’s found in writing. Through all of this, Wil shares the ups and downs he encountered along the journey, along with the support and love he discovered from his friends and family.

The stories in Just a Geek include:

  • – Wil’s plunge from teen star to struggling actor
  • – Discovering the joys of HTML, blogging, Linux, and web design
  • – The struggle between Wesley Crusher, Starfleet ensign, and Wil Wheaton, author and blogger
  • – Gut-wrenching reactions to the 9-11 disaster (Author’s note: I didn’t want to include that. I was pushed by the publisher, and I wish I’d pushed back.)
  • – Moving tales of Wil’s relationships with his wife, step-children, and extended family
  • – The transition from a B-list actor to an A-list author

Wil Wheaton–celebrity, blogger, and geek–writes for the geek in all of us. Engaging, witty, and pleasantly self-deprecating, Just a Geek will surprise you and make you laugh.

14 thoughts on “the return of Just A Geek: Teh Audio Book”

  1. Yay! Twelve bucks is a *steal* for a great audiobook. Your voice will be my bike-commute companion for the next several days. Can’t wait! So glad you made it available in a nice, complete, legal and hopefully remunerative format.

  2. I own the book version, and I have to admit… I later torrented the audiobook. I’m going to actually pay you for it now though because it’s good, you deserve the money, and to save my soul from eternal damnation. I justified it with “well I already paid for the book”, but I didn’t think about the fact that you spent considerable extra time creating this different version of it that you should be compensated for. Anybody else who did the same should really consider buying it now too.

  3. Cool, liked that book, would really like you to do the same with The Happiest Days of Our Lives. As much as I would like to have that book, the pricetag for it is way to high.(even used in papeback i 90$ on amazon).

  4. Ha ha ha, I write “teh” for “the” all the time! When do teh Dvorak keyboards finally become standard so this stops happening??!!

  5. I’ve been listening to this all evening and so far I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Thanks for putting it up like this. As a Linux user a lot of times this kind of thing is only available on iTunes (which means I’m SOL), so having a DRM-free purchase option is always much appreciated. Can’t wait to hear the rest!

  6. YAY! This audiobook has accompanied me on a number of road trips that is greater than 1. Happy that others can join in! (trufax: the chapter about your dad chokes me up.)

  7. Thanks Wil! I’m listening to it now, and I will be buying it. I was going to get the book (might still do… be something to put on the Christmas list… which probably means I’ll be getting a gift card to the book store… but that’s okay too…), but I absolutely LOVE hearing it in your voice. I can see (hear?) why you are so happy with the result.

  8. Congratulations on the re-release! Is this the same version that was available from 10 Steps/Online Tonight? (I got it in 2007, and have the files SOMEWHERE on the HD at home, but can’t see them from work to compare.) If it’s the same, is there any other extra/new material? (I got this full-price in 2007, ((and loved it)) but might consider re-buying if there’s new stuff.)

    Thanks for all the fish!

  9. I’m listening to this right now its a fantastic listen I love listening to your voice and the way this has been written please write more.

    Im dyslexic and I have always wanted to write but I always feel to embarrassed to post online and some of what you say in chapter 3 reminds me of these fears and points me to why I shouldn’t relay care and should just posts anyway.

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