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Sincerely, X

Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)
Regular price: £23.49
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Summary

Some stories are too sensitive, painful or potentially damaging to share publicly - unless they can be shared anonymously. TED and Audible present, Sincerely, X, featuring speakers whose ideas deserve to be heard but whose identities must remain hidden. From lifesaving rituals to the unexpected gift of a prison sentence to the consequence of physician burnout; you won’t know the storyteller’s name, but their story may change you forever.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Sincerely, X to your library, you'll get all 10 episodes, each with a runtime of about 25 minutes.

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Critic reviews

"Stunning and dangerously honest." (The Guardian)

"The series has an intimacy that is elusive on stage." (Financial Times)

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Fantastic

Thought-provoking and startlingly honest. This series will allow you to explore ideas and viewpoints which are rare to find elsewhere in society.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Succinct Gold Nuggets

Unique opportunity to see into environments and worlds that are otherwise closed.

Thought provoking,stimulating discussions.




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very dark undertones

i understand the need for authenticity and vulnerability but there was so much struggle and sadness expressed before any info/lessons/ transformations. it was depressing to listen to it. the wisdom from people was there but not enough in comparison to the darkness of it

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It takes so long to get to the actual story!

The talks are great and very much worth listening to. it's just that the introduction to each episode is exorbitantly long! you could really cut your introduction down to under a minute and get to the point of letting the speaker give their talk.

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Really boring

None of the stories are interesting or insightful. They're pretty much exactly what you would expect a stereotypical Doctor/Rape Victim/PSTD person/Domesyic Abusee to say. There a big emphasis on mental health and calls to action but as someone without mental health issues it makes it hard to put yourself in characters' shoes.

The other bits like "Doctors shouldn't have to do long hours to prove themselves." or "Women should get a fair chance in business." are fairly obvious and I don't think the points made are particularly poignant. Maybe if your were Amish or something these bog-standard interviewees would seem interesting but I'm not.

Also, the overlong intros and outros really got on my nerves. The series is very American orientated too. I don't know if it is intentional but it makes the narrative feel disjointed when all these America-only problems are being discussed. I feel like if I was trying to make a series like this I'd make it more about the people's stories.

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really sad but also uplifting.

the words in this story makes you think that everyone needs a second chance. 🙂 x

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  • Kew Gardens
  • 15-04-19

Disappointing

Didn't really live up to the hype. I found each story interesting but not compelling.
I also found the privileged creaky voice of the narrator profoundly smug and annoying.

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Excellent Stories

A bit hard to listen to some of the stories but loved the concept a very original idea but .

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seriously dated attitude to mental health issues

(Note: this is largely a response to the episodes where speakers discuss their depression and mental health problems, and does not necessarily reflect the quality of the other pieces.)
As someone who has had severe mental health problems myself, I found the way TED presents the narratives related mental health here clumsy and poorly-handled. Whilst the individuals concerned obviously had specific reasons that necessitated anonymity, the overall effect of presenting stories of people with severe depression and related problems in this way was to reinforce the dated and damaging notion that mental health issues are somehow shameful. One of the individuals, despite being intelligent and socially privileged, describes trying to access therapy whilst being 'terrified' of friends or acquaintances finding out he was doing so. Whilst I appreciate that the aim was to give space to individual stories, the effect of presenting such irrational shame unchallenged is to reinforce it. Not great to say the least.

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Surprised me

The emotional side of TED talks, I loved hearing not just the stories but the reflections and teachings from such a wide range of people. I wish there was a season 2.

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  • Michelle Anderson
  • 20-05-19

Wonderfully Enlightening

As a person who thinks they’re pretty adept at viewing other perspectives I found this series riveting and wildly entertaining! I found each talk to be insightful, thoughtful and heartfelt. My favorite talk was from the inner city AP English teacher. I have never thought about how children growing up in urban poverty might act out because I’m so far removed from the environment. After hearing the talk I couldn’t imagine how frustrating it must be for the children and teachers, I’m so grateful we have people like the speaker in the world to help these kids and as a mom of 5, I took to heart what was said and will apply it to my own children and our lives. I hope there will be more talks soon, I can’t get enough!

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  • Chris Knight
  • 01-03-19

Touching Anecdotes

Honest stories from real people, an enjoyable series. Add an experienced narrator and you get a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-18

Wonderful heard

This was good experience hearing this title. Continue to have titles like this. Looking forward

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  • testbadge
  • 10-04-18

Well put book

Haven’t Listened this kind of books on my past. Gives always a relax full moments whenever I try to hear this book. Can’t stop with onetime listen.

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  • AUDDAUS
  • 08-03-18

Awesome book

I have had good time pass hearing this book. Has debatable twist and turns in here.

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