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I need to move to Scotland. it's settled. obviously an island. will need a snorkel
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What did you love best about The Outrun?
The narrator's recovery among her native Orkney islands. She made recovery a combo of hard work, being one with nature, and the healing power of the sea
What did you like best about this story?
It didn't grab me from the first - her alcoholism and downward spiral were dull and uninspiring. She told me nothing new. But her return home really picked up the pacing of the book. Counting the birds was terrific.
Which character – as performed by Tracy Wiles – was your favorite?
The narrator of course.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
Life on the Orkneys. I may visit.
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What made the experience of listening to The Outrun the most enjoyable?
Hearing about the birds on Orkney and other islands.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outrun?
Can't think of 1.
Have you listened to any of Tracy Wiles’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Hearing about some of Amy's experiences with depression and some of her thoughts, I can relate to.
Any additional comments?
Overall, this book is well written and read and I found her journey to becoming and remaining sober interesting, but I found it a little boring at the end and I feel awkward saying that about a story that is actually real life.
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Dealing with an addiction is no mean feat, it's an illness as Amy Liptrot explains in this memoir where she battles alcoholism. Some of the incidents are truly horrifying, not because of what she does to herself, but more so what the illness does to her and as a result her life spirals downwards. And while that part I can truly engage with, the random long explanations about her newfound passions for astronomy, sea and bird life seems to go off in a tangent.
You can definitely recognise her addictive personality manifesting in new hobbies, and obsessing in the same way. And at least that's healthier, but as a reader, I seemed to lose concentration on her rural lifestyle. Very good insight into mental health and addiction though.
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