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:
©2012 Caitlin Moran (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
I'm a 21 year old, single, straight male and having attempted to listen to 'How to be a woman' on the basis it was in comedy and on sale at the time -I was hooked. Simply put there are three elements to this book that will keep you listening or at least kept me listening.
1. Her voice is gorgeous, absolutely amazing to listen to. 50 shades has got nothing on this voice... I think.
2. The content is entertaining, funny and again amazing. Caitlin is a lucky girl to say the least to be hanging with the Stars.
3. Her personality is unbeatable. There's a reason why she's a writer and I would buy the reason of Personality. Her views make sense and everything she says feels like it could fit in a library.
If you haven't listened to How to be a woman go and do so, unless you're a little bit cringe worthy to young teenage girls growing up in which case listen to this then that.
Get it, get it now is all I can say.
My lady and I mainly listen to Audiobooks to fall asleep to but I've not enjoyed this collection as much as I'd anticipated (having nurtured a crush on the writer since my teens too!).
The content is a touch smug and I'm not a huge fan of the writer's voice which occasionally swings into a condescending nag. That said, Moran has lots to say and is never boring!
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.
This was tedious. A collection of half-thought-out, solipsistic and trivial brain burps interspersed with a few tales of starstruck fawning. Rather a disappointment given that How to be a Woman was genuinely funny and thought-provoking. Ho-hum.
The most irritating thing was her inability to pronounce the word 'Wholly' as 'Whole-ly'. Instead, she repeatedly said 'Holly' instead. This would not have been a problem were it not for the fact that she overuses the word so. By the 11th or 12th time, I was ready to scream.
Love her views on feminism, politics etc. not so much her rambling about Dr Who, Sherlock Holmes, Lady Gaga, television.....
I mostly listen to fantasy and sci-fi, but really I just like a good yarn.
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
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.
Her honesty and self deprivation made it really easy to listen to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Best reserved for Moran's fans"
No, probably not, unless they told me they enjoyed one of her articles.
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
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.
Ach. Not really. I chuckled a few times, but it was not as good as I'd expected.
Humor is extremely personal. The person who recommended this to me was over the moon about it.
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