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Moranthology Audiobook

Moranthology

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

Possibly the only drawback about the best-selling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.

Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be 'quite chatty' about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks - and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned.

These other subjects include:

  • Caffeine,
  • Ghostbusters,
  • Being Poor,
  • Twitter,
  • Caravans,
  • Obama,
  • Wales,
  • Marijuana Addiction,
  • Paul McCartney,
  • The Welfare State,
  • Sherlock,
  • David Cameron Looking Like Ham,
  • Amy Winehouse,
  • Elizabeth Taylor's Eyes,
  • Michael Jackson's Funeral,
  • 'The Big Society',
  • Big Hair,
  • Nutter-letters,
  • Failed Nicknames,
  • Wolverhampton,
  • Squirrels' Testicles,
  • Sexy Tax,
  • Binge-drinking,
  • Chivalry,
  • Rihanna's Cardigan,
  • Boris Johnson - Albino Shag-hound,
  • Party Bags,
  • Hot People,
  • Transsexuals,
  • The Gay Moon Landings,
  • My Own, Untimely Death

©2012 Caitlin Moran (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    kisag_queen 20/08/2015
    kisag_queen 20/08/2015
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    "Not half as good as it should be"

    Performed with passion but tedious subject matter. Inordinate amount of time spent discussing Sherlock series on TV and bumming about with famous people.
    Disappointing after the hilarity of 'How to be a woman'.
    Will try 'How to build a girl' next.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Lawton Godalming, Surrey United Kingdom 18/03/2015
    Rebecca Lawton Godalming, Surrey United Kingdom 18/03/2015
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    "Mixed bag"

    Love her views on feminism, politics etc. not so much her rambling about Dr Who, Sherlock Holmes, Lady Gaga, television.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 29/01/2014 Member Since 2015

    I mostly listen to fantasy and sci-fi, but really I just like a good yarn.

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    "I laughed, I cried, mostly laughed!"
    What made the experience of listening to Moranthology the most enjoyable?

    It was mostly very funny, I actually stood laughing to myself while trying to do the dishes on more than one occasion. There were touching and sad parts as well but the contrast and the joy made these polar aspects even more extreme


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moranthology?

    I think it was the Sherlock part. I also love BBC's Sherlock so it was brilliant to hear about it from another perspective and how much it is loved by the people who make it. The serious parts were very memorable for a very different reason and the description given of those will stay with me for some time but still written in a beautiful way that I felt showed consideration for the subject.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    Her honesty and self deprivation made it really easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that grated on me was the word wholly which she pronounces holly and I pronounce holey so that is probably an accent thing that can't be helped. Other than that I enjoyed the narration very much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 06/03/2015
    Lucy 06/03/2015
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    "Good stuff"

    Warm, funny, rambunctious and pleasing from start to finish. An excellent companion on my commute - am sure to re-listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frankie birmingham, United Kingdom 20/08/2013
    Frankie birmingham, United Kingdom 20/08/2013
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    "Very Disappointed"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are some great books out there, sadly this is not one of them, Caitlin Moran seems to think she's funny, this was my first Caitlin Moran book that I have listened to, it will be my last.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caitlin Moran’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappintment


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Alton, United Kingdom 04/08/2013
    Vicky Alton, United Kingdom 04/08/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Me me me"
    What other book might you compare Moranthology to, and why?

    Prozac Nation. Though poles apart in content, both authors are unquestioningly honest, and quickly assert that they are what matters in the book. It could not all happen without them.


    Any additional comments?

    Though Moran has an ego to rival that of Madonna, her me me me take on absolutely everything is strangly moorish. Like chocolate and chilli, it shouldn't work, but it does. Even though her views are at times, frankly quite frightening, she doesn't fail to make you think.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FLowry Glasgow 13/09/2015
    FLowry Glasgow 13/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring- didn't even finish it"
    What disappointed you about Moranthology?

    it was boring


    What was most disappointing about Caitlin Moran’s story?

    The fact I had already read some of the stories in her other book.


    What aspect of Caitlin Moran’s performance might you have changed?

    She read it well


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Moranthology?

    The GAGA chapter, it's in her other book


    Any additional comments?

    I persever with most books but I just felt annoyed that I had paid money for this book to be told some of the same stories that were in her other book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Falco 13/04/2013
    Falco 13/04/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "More Anthologies Please!"

    Caitlin Moran is one of those open secrets of the newspaper and magazine reading fraternity that they've been keeping annoyingly quite for twenty years.



    Now that she's burst onto the 'all the pages stuck together' book scene, first with How To Be A Woman, and now her Moranthology, her unusual take on life has been opened up to a whole new audience. And while the books themselves are funny, thought-provoking and occasionally not a little poignant, Moran is a writer who genuinely benefits from audio presention, and by presentation in her own voice. Clearly, she knows better than anyone how to present her columns - of which this is largely a collection - to the best effect, and her personality comes across in the reading, like the kind of thing that would happen if you sent Maureen Lipman, Katie Puckrick and Germaine Greer into the Large Hadron Collider and sat the result in front of a word processor or a microphone.



    Moranthology is a sometimes sideways, sometimes "what are you looking at" straight on look at a range of subjects entirely inessential to the modern human being, but ultimately really fascinating to look at through her lenses nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Balham, LON, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    Janice Balham, LON, United Kingdom 08/04/2013 Member Since 2005
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    "A good read"

    I bought this book as I was unexpectedly bowled over by Cailin's other book and was not disappointed by this. It is definitely not 'PC' and it won't be to everyone's taste. However, her engaging style and honest writing make a refreshing change from lots of the usual diatribes of modern day writers. I thought it was not quite as good as her previous book, but then, for me, that had the element of surprise. Well worth downloading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Kay Caddy Guildford, United Kingdom 13/03/2013
    Lindsay Kay Caddy Guildford, United Kingdom 13/03/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing compared to How to be a Woman"

    I read How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and loved it, it was well written, well read and I laughed out loud in several places. When Moranthology came out I was very excited to read it so as soon as it was available on audio I got it. Well it was certainly a disappointment; not interesting, not great writing or narration and not at all funny. I think I might have laughed a bit once but it certainly wasn't the burst-out-laughing-embarrass-yourself-on-public-transport laughing I did reading How To Be a Woman. It's essentially a list of things Caitlin likes which in places is very tiresome. She writes a book review in one chapter which is about as interesting as reading a GCSE essay. She spends ages going on about tv reviews and how hot Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is. We've all heard the Lady Gaga story before so stop going on about it. She considers herself some sort of political/economics/social policy expert which she clearly is not nada lot of her poorly researched, emotional witherings really put me off her. As for the painful conversations she has in bed with her poor husband, I can't bring myself to think of the cringingly pathetic stereotypical 'woman' questions she asks the poor bloke, she's not exactly doing womankind a favour by playing up to the stereotype. Some of her pronunciations are a bit dodgy and she seems to use the same words over and over again. Perhaps a thesaurus for Christmas Caitlin? I really, really wanted to like this book and desperately wanted to give it 3 stars but have opted for 2 as that's a more accurate reflection of my disappointment. 'Tangotastic' wrote an excellent review on Amazon which expresses my feelings exactly, if only I'd read it before I bought this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • J. E. JORDAN
    Berlin, Germany
    10/01/13
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    "Best reserved for Moran's fans"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, probably not, unless they told me they enjoyed one of her articles.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I felt like Moran was trying to hard to be funny. I often thought that if I were reading the pieces, they would be funnier. I admire humor writers, but they aren't always as funny off the page.


    Was Moranthology worth the listening time?

    Ach. Not really. I chuckled a few times, but it was not as good as I'd expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Humor is extremely personal. The person who recommended this to me was over the moon about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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