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Born to Be Mild

Adventures for the Anxious
Narrated by: Mathew Baynton
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Summary

A handful of years ago I moved with my wife to a house on a quiet street in a quiet town and lay quietly in a room for a long time. 

I used to love an adventure and I had jobs on magazines (remember magazines?) which provided the opportunity for plenty of them, but when I hit my 30s I started to become increasingly afraid of the world, until I was too frightened to even go outside at all. And I had no need to go outside: I'd somehow wangled it so my job was mostly tweeting, which meant no colleagues, no bosses, no office, no alarm clock, no deadlines...just me, my phone and my social media feeds. Doesn't sound too healthy, does it? It wasn't. 

Everything went bad.

Rob Temple runs a social-media empire from the comfort of his sofa. Living the dream! But what happens when a lack of colleagues, bosses and alarm clocks means that your sofa and the four walls of your very quiet living room become your whole world? 

In this tender and life-affirming memoir, Rob explores what it will take for him to become a little less Bear (Pooh) and a little bit more Bear (Grylls) and how mild-mannered, anxious rule-followers can get their own share of (gentle) adventure from time to time.

©2020 Rob Temple (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Honest, heartfelt, funny and revealing read

While reading/listening to this book, it felt like as if I was joining in his adventure with him and it was very much fun. This book is a very frank account of how he felt during his adventure after(/during) his difficult times. He expresses his thoughts and feelings (which everyone can relate to in one way or the other) in an honest and touching way but which manages to be both frank and revealing, and witty and charming all at once. Every sentence stayed in me and made me giggle and laugh with myself all day. Great narration in comforting/familiar voice. I thoroughly enjoyed listening(and reading) to it!

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Lovely writing, witty and full of heart

So beautifully written, very relatable and funny. Have already recommended to many friends. Also a perfect choice of narrator.

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Fine

Absolutely fine. I thought about giving it a 5* to make the author feel better if he were to ever read this review, but then I got a bit of anxiety in case someone pressed me on my thoughts and to why I’d given it 5/5.

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Wonderfully Relatable

I absolutely loved listening to this book and learning more about Rob Temple, the man behind Very British Problems. Relatable in so many ways, it reminds us (with a touch of awkward humour) that we are all just human. I was sad when the book ended. More please!

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Mildly impressed!

This is a good book. It is uncomfortable, funny, sad, witty and soothing. I related to it in a rather worrying way. I'm sure I would've enjoyed this book in its written form as well but Mathew Baynton's voice really was it for me. I cannot say how much I enjoyed his narration, it really brought something special to each chapter. Thank you, I loved it a lot.

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Brilliant

Just brilliant. A refreshing book, full of relatable mild adventures. Humourously written and beautifully narrated. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you for writing it.

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A sausage sandwich of a book..

Gently comforting, reassuring, amusing, insightful and surprisingly familiar. The perfect way to escape from the causes of stress and anxiety that seem to dominate the modern 'bucket list' world of perpetual achievement.

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Brilliantly entertaining & relatable!

What a wonderful book! In a world where we are desperately trying to conform to Facebook / Instagram standards &, in turn, deny any signs of a struggle to those around us, the message in the book really hit home with me whilst simultaneously being delivered with Rob’s fantastic sense of humour - was reluctant and sad to finish it!

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Brilliant

Easy to listen and relate to! Good narration and nicely split into tidy chapters. No less than I would expect from VBPs!! :-)

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Funny Book

Loved the narrator, he was just perfect for Robs book. I wonder if he's a friend? 😄

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  • 03-10-20

beautifully written, mild entertaining

I got bored, I wouldn't have finished a written version. excellent wit but rather predictable. But then, I am British..

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  • Sophie and Ryan
  • 31-08-20

Hilarious and profoundly British

I am an American but lived in the U.K. for many years and have a British husband. It is so accurate that I constantly have to keep stopping the audio because I’m laughing and do not want to miss a line.