12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

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Written By: Jordan B. Peterson

Narrated By: Jordan B. Peterson

Date: January 2018

Duration: 15 hours 56 minutes




What does everyone in the modern world need to know?

Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful?

Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.


  • Cameron S.

    Jordan’s book like his lectures are riveting and thought provoking, his voice is a bit dry but what he has to say is paramount in today’s world. He should never stop,

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Matthew M.

    I was a little hesitant about Peterson because he is such a pop phenomenon, but I started with Maps of Meaning and realized how serious, honest and insightful of a thinker he is. I found the content in 12 Rules inspiring and helpful. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to explore self, action and meaning.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Kim O.

    Joyless. Generally negative vibe. Lecturing tone. I wasn’t moved to act in any helpful, positive way. Personal and research “stories” have interest but not inspiring.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Jaewon K.

    amazing amazing amazing

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Andrew L.

    Most helpful and enlightening book I've ever come across. Thank you, Jordan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jason S.

    Love Jordans books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tanner F.

    awesome, everyone should read this. Let's build a better world from the individual up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Very moving. Forced me to examine my life and strategize on how to become a better person. First Jordan Peterson book, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Plus I can refer to this one again and again to get back on track.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Grid G.

    This book was a disappointment. Tends to veer significantly off topic and is very heavy on religious preaching and biblical references.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Hope everyone can listen to/read thus book and apply rules to life, it’s the real change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Daniel S.

    I like Peterson I’ve probably watched hundreds of hours now of him on different platforms. So I thought the book would be something special, however in my opinion if you’ve heard one or two of Peterson’s interviews you’ve kind of heard it all. The book just goes on and on about human behavior but kind of in that 48 laws of power way where you’re like duhh that’s obvious. But maybe I’m just burnt out with the guys message. I am not hating on the guys book. But yeah it was a little mundane.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Gabriel M.

    Great book if you are looking to maximize your potential. This book contains a thorough description of how to live a righteous life.

  • Emily L.

    Peterson was one of my favourite teachers in undergrad, but I’m dissapointed in this book. For someone who used to have such a complex and full analysis of his subject matter, he seems to have fallen into black and white thinking characteristic of depression. We’re all individuals competing for simple dominance on a social hierarchy to win the evolutionary game. Not to say that this theory doesn’t hold water…but it’s too simple and focused on the individual. What about cooperation, social group cohesion, networks of collaboration to help the group as a whole. There is just as much research out there that supports this viewpoint as there is the individual lobster example.

  • Anonymous

    didnt know it would be a bible loving book. crap

  • Anonymous

    Jordan Peterson is a role model for men in this time that need a brilliant, sophisticated,and courageous figure to aspire to besides the typical sports athlete or movie star. if your looking for traits and virtues that you want to hold, and want to carry yourself as man to be a loving husband ,supporting father, a public figure. A force to be reckoned with in pursuit of happiness or in defenses of it . It is time to strap up your boots educate yourself it's time for men to get back out there and be productive in your own lives.

  • Gloria G.

    The title and chapter titles are a gimmick to get you to read/ listen to his opinions and boring personal life events. Even the few topics interesting (chaos vs order) are totally academic in nature and of no relation to tips on your own life. Book is a total ruse - an academic exercise. Read only if that is what you want- but be aware that’s what this is.

  • Anonymous

    Enlightening. The parts that are based on the cases from the author's practice were excellent. My favorite were the last few rules.

  • Chloe L.

    Jordan Peterson is a delight, I am thankful for the impact he has made on my life. Listened to it at 1.3x speed and it's perfect, I think I'll read the hard copy as well so I can take notes.

  • Humberto M.

    Just an amazing piece of work, highly dangerous for snowflakes

  • Thomas M.

    Extremely complex and beyond the grasp of most people. BUT there is not one person who will not benefit from reading Jordan B’s rules. Much of getting to understand the most important aspects of life is within this book. I personally had to read it twice in order to comprehend as much as possible. Buy it and let Jordan B’s lovely voice take you away.

  • Jeremy G.

    worth the read

  • Zack K.

    Best book I have ever read. Very useful

  • Anonymous

    Great lessons and advices for those who want to improve their life situations. I would say it is a life changing book and can change ones perspective towards certain situations in life. Listeners were able to get the full essence and emotions through the narration of the author himself.

  • Žak M.


  • Jeremy G.

    great read.

  • Tyler M.

    I still like Jordan B Peterson

  • Steven S.

    Great listen! If you enjoy Jordan's lectures, debates, or podcasts you will enjoy this book. I look forward to his next one.



  • Shannon James

    I love JP but at times I found the book lacking the layman's terms required for a commute style listen where I couldn't readily ask Google to define a word I heard. This book was highly informative & I took away some profound ideas that have helped shapedy life for the better. It's too bad the ratings are out of 5 stars and not more specific (as I can rate either 100% satisfaction with 5 stars or 80% satisfaction with 4; neither accurately reflects my book review). I would prefer to rate the title as 9/10 and the narrator 9.5/10 . Overall, it's a worthwhile purchase at the $14.95 / 1 credit price. If your iffy on the price / book - I'd recommend starting with monthly audiobook club called something like "Best Picks" where you get a more than satisfactory amount of titles to listen to in EVERY genre for a month. Then you can get your money's worth before committing to the personal development genre / $14.95 for a single title. At least you get to keep this once you buy it though!

  • Anonymous

    Thoroughly formulated and brilliantly articulated thoughts and analyses on the human condition with its oughts. Well worth the time.

  • Anonymous

    Such a great book !

  • Teddy C.

  • Anonymous

    Boring, and religion preaching

  • Anonymous

    I loved the book, it resonated with me, leaving plenty notes which I’ve transcribed on a word document for future revisiting . I’m not a native speaker, and I’m also not well lectured on the Bible stories, so I found it a bit hard to follow those parts, but the personal stories made up for that; I loved those , I can tell Peterson is trying his best to make these rules stick; in school , I find most of the teachers that suck or that sucked fail to provide students with useful analogies or real life applications or experiences that give the concept a dimension, so that words become something more than abstract containers .

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