If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Zach Anner

Narrated By: Zach Anner

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: March 2016

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don't Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth. Two months early, underweight and under-prepared for life, he entered the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did this hairless mole-rat of a boy blossom into a viral internet sensation who's hosted two travel shows, impressed Oprah, driven the Mars Rover, and inspired a John Mayer song? (It wasn't 'Your Body is a Wonderland.')
Zach lives by the mantra: when life gives you wheelchair, make lemonade. Whether recounting a valiant childhood attempt to woo Cindy Crawford, encounters with zealous faith healers, or the time he crapped his pants mere feet from Dr. Phil, Zach shares his fumbles with unflinching honesty and characteristic charm. By his thirtieth birthday, Zach had grown into an adult with a career in entertainment, millions of fans, a loving family, and friends who would literally carry him up mountains.

If at Birth You Don't Succeed is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path even when it's paved with epic misadventure. This is the unlikely but not unlucky story of a man who couldn't safely open a bag of Skittles, but still became a fitness guru with fans around the world. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love with the Olive Garden all over again, and learn why cerebral palsy is, definitively, 'the sexiest of the palsies.'
Praise for Zach Anner

"Zach makes you want to be a better person, with his humor and his heart and everything he's had to deal with from the time he was born. I've never met anyone like him, and I've met a lot of people." -Oprah Winfrey

"Zach Anner is a truly inspiring and hysterical human being with a warped sense of humor (and body). He's also an exceptional writer and his memoir is an absolute joy."-Rainn Wilson

"Zach Anner is the living definition of 'giving better than he's gotten.' Life dealt him a difficult hand but he managed to beat the house with humor, heart, and a fearless punk attitude. Required reading."-Patton Oswalt

"I love Zach Anner and I love his memoir. If everyone were a little more like Zach, the world may not be abetter place, but it would be funnier place, which is a great step forward."-Alexis Ohanian
"He's a unique, creative kid with a smart, edgy sense of humor."-Arsenio Hall


  • jatzibe S

    I love Zach Anner's videos so listening to him tell his story was amazing.

  • Lisa Clark

    Extremely funny! A joy to listen to as you get to know Zach! I have a disability and have had some experiences which made this all the more enjoyable. I really hope he keeps writing and letting us be a part of this world!

  • Laura Cochran

    Funny and inspiring-he is honest in a fearless way. It made me laugh a lot but also made me smile with wonder.

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