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How Do We Know We're Doing It Right

Essays on Modern Life
Narrated by: Pandora Sykes
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

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Modern life is full of choices. But how do we know what our best life looks like? And what if we get it wrong?

Incisive, wide-ranging and witty, How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?, explores the questions, anxieties and agendas that consume our lives. Pandora Sykes interrogates the stories we’ve been sold and the ones we tell ourselves - from happiness to wellness, womanhood to consumerism - in ways that are both surprising and reassuring. 

With insight and warmth, How Do We Know We're Doing It Right? will spark a thousand conversations and encourage us to find our own path to contentment.

©2020 Pandora Sykes (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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good with a few buts:)

I had to come back and update my review as the first time I didn't do the book justice.
The beginning is rather lengthy and feels a bit like an annual report on the current state of retail on the high street of Britain.
Luckily the listen gets more engaging further into the chapters and raises interesting questions about how our lives are impacted by social media, the pressures associated with current lifestyle and hyper mediated world.
Quite a good listen though at times would perhaps prefer an actress to read as the performance is a bit stiff at times.
Interesting enough content though.

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Accent too posh but damn good book

Terribly posh accent but stick with it as it’s a damn good book.. well done Pandy but someone else to read it please.

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Meh

Purchased this as a lot of people were recommending it but was a complete let down. Broken down into essays? And hard to follow at times. No structure or enjoyment whilst listening to it. Will begrudgingly listen to the very end but it’s not my cup of tea. Such a shame as I like the podcast.

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Like listening to a uni dissertation

I’m a fan of Pandora and wanted to love this, but found it really dry. Pandora is lovely to listen to, but the content isn’t very engaging. Feels like a long, rambling dissertation, with lots of citations and not a lot more.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed It

Big fan of the High Low so knew I was going to enjoy this. Gave me a lot to ponder on re the anxieties I feel as a millennial. Also made me want to get off social media for good.

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Very insightful and a breath of fresh air

Absolutely loved this. Finally someone not afraid to stray from the mainstream and critique modern life, helping us come back to our real selves. Bravo! Please write more books! :-)

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Self obsessed drivel<br />

one of the most boring , trivial and mind numbingly pointless books I have ever listened to. Not even funny.

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exceptional!

Pandora has completely smashed this novel! Bravo. Desperate to listen again already, definitely worth the money

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Unoriginal and Inconclusive

Love the High Low and was surprised to find out this is just an extended version of Pandora’s commentary on other people’s work, rather than any original thought. Summarising an interesting observation (Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror for E.G) and including your own reflection of it with a life example shouldn’t warrant a full audiobook.

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Not very exciting

This book doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know. It is a chatty magazine style book littered with pop references which won’t date well (there’s a whole section where she basically lists online clothing retailers 🤷‍♀️). The narration is also a little over the top, she reads it as though it’s a magical tale of fiction, aided by the string of unnecessary adjectives she is so fond of. Not as good as I’d hoped, sorry.