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  • Mad Girl

  • By: Bryony Gordon
  • Narrated by: Bryony Gordon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Bryony Gordon has OCD. It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn't repeat a phrase five times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It's caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good real story of mental health

  • By Paula Filipowicz on 30-09-16

Memorable

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-18

An interesting read/listen and some very moving moments/anecdotes. Thought the end re: mental health mates was superb. I thought I wouldn't finish this book as didn't initially like the reading because Bryony was just too jolly hockeysticks, posh and loud for my liking but it did tone down and became bearable to listen to. I'm glad I persevered with it though - was definitely worth it!

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We're supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation....' Guardian columnist Lindy West wasn't always loud. It's difficult to believe she was once a nerdy, overweight teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately for women everywhere, along the road she found her voice - and how she found it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish she was my real life friend.

  • By Noel Edmunds on 29-05-16

Solid Shrill

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I enjoyed listening to this book. It was, at times, hilarious, serious, moving, sensitive and thought-provoking. I liked hearing the author's voice but didn't rate the frequent 'footnote' comments. Some really serious food for thought re: treatment of women who've been raped and the fat-shaming culture we live in today. Feel a more enlightened person for having listened to this book. Definitely recommend.

  • Girl Walks Out of a Bar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Lisa F. Smith
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York City when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload. Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith's formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic !!

  • By Miss JR Wiltshire on 12-10-18

Stunning story of getting sober ☕

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

A fabulous listen. Will listen again. Superb narrative and narration. Thanks so much to author.

  • The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

  • Discovering a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life
  • By: Catherine Gray
  • Narrated by: Catherine Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 525

Ever sworn off alcohol for January and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there's 'no point' in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety with a three-pronged approach combining the author's personal experience, factual reportage and contributions from expert sources and self-help advice for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol intake or eliminate it completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, thought-provoking & inspiring

  • By K-Mart on 19-01-18

Inspirational insights

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Loved this book. I am still drinking but gearing up to go sober ... trying to find the right time to start the journey. I’m going to listen to this book again and get the advice firmly implanted in my brain. The Post-Script brought tears to my eyes.