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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Dec. 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B076HZ6YNW
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The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: Discovering A Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life Audiobook – Unabridged
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The book's selling point is that it is not merely an account of the author's drinking exploits, but a case for how to live in sobriety. Unfortunately it is precisely here that the book falls flat, with the majority being trite platitudes or just plain filler. In the earlier part of the book, the author fails to resist bragging about how out of control she was (as well as her glamorous and privileged lifestyle). This is a big mistake - she correctly identifies later on that even moderate drinking is dangerous. There are many dependent drinkers who will not relate to the extreme level of consumption she describes, so the bragging of the first section about how out of control she was is not productive towards the book's aim - getting people to stop drinking.
Some rather more unpleasant colours begin to shine through towards the end - she draws attention to the fact that there are 24 alcohol-related deaths every day in the UK, but the thing we are supposed to be shocked about is that 8 of these are women. I think it's important to have female voices writing about this issue, but when men are dying 2:1 over women, it speaks volumes that the author chooses to interpret this statistic the way she does. Generally speaking, men in this story are either actively malevolent figures who took advantage of the author or weak and passive (except, tellingly, members of the author's own family).
I do not think this is a good book, however in this genre, the book's value is the extent to which it works for you. Everyone is different, and it's undeniably uplifting reading about the author's personal transformation. I would strongly recommend buying 'Allen Carr's Easy Way to Control Alcohol' instead of this book. But then, what do I know, in the author's words I'm just one of those 'cowardly nasty trolls who hide behind keyboards and hurl insults at people'.
over the summer and felt like I was in a black hole the next day I felt so shit and depressed. So Catherine everything you say mirrors my life and I have so much respect for you that you are brave enough and so honest to say it the way it is. I have no hesitation giving this book a 5 star as a lot of the time i hum and hah about how many stars to give a book.So well and eloquently written. I have found my soulmate.
I literally could not put it down! 😁 I can relate to so much of her experiences, it was almost like she was writing about me at times!
Im16 days sober, and this book has been my little lifesaver! Thank you Catherine, I wish you well for the future and I don't doubt for a second that you made the right decision. I'm getting on my unicorn 🦄 and are hot on your heels in sobriety Catherine! 😉x