• Reasons to Stay Alive

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Matt Haig
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-05-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • 4.3 (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What Does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living.
This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
"I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free."
©2015 Matt Haig (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd
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By Mr. D. H. Lipschitz on 01-11-17

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Short chapters well narrated and even though the subject is "fear" there is a lot of fun in the book. I really enjoyed the book & the way it was honestly written & narrated & I intend listening to it again.

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By Frannie on 12-02-16

Powerful. Raw. Hang on and don't give up, not yet.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

So... real.

It wasn't enlightening nor technical nor did it teach me anything new about mental health issues.
But it made me feel perhaps understood. As if, I'm not the only one who struggles or has struggled with this, as if yes, that's exactly how you feel.

I would definitely recommend it to those who have suffered and/or are still suffering from depression.
You can win it. You can come out of it alive. Please don't give up.

Ps. Didn't like Matt Haig as a narrator. Sorry but it just didn't work for me.

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By Camilla Morgan on 05-26-15

A brave work for which I am so grateful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Firstly, I would recommend this to people who don't suffer with mental illness but who want a better understanding of those who do. Partners, employers, politicians.

Primarily, I would recommend this book to friends suffering with their own mental health battles because Matt Haig's words give us permission to feel like normal, natural human beings again, despite and because of the struggle that is depression. This book is brave and terribly personal and it reassured me to know that I am not the only person to struggle as I do.

And, above all, I would recommend this book because Matt reassures us, in a calm and resounding voice, that depression does lift and that we will feel joy again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andrea was my favourite character, just as my partner is my favourite person in the world. To someone living with depression, the strength, patience, understanding and LOVE shown by our nearest and dearest is astounding, especially in those times when depression wears its ugliest face.

What about Matt Haig’s performance did you like?

I loved Matt Haig's performance and it meant more to me that this personal account was read by the person who lived through it to tell the tale.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to it pretty much all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Thank you to Matt Haig, you've helped me more than you know and I hope I'll meet you one day and thank you in person.

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By Dougster on 04-02-15

Company and Catharsis

Congratulations to Matt Haig for being a survivor of such a horrible illness. Thanks for providing an account of your own experience which can give company to those going through their own. I hope you found catharsis in sharing it and I wish you - and all readers - respite from the black dog.

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By Ben on 03-14-16

Professional suffer = 10/10

I am male 30 from Australia and have been dealing with all sorts for close to 8 years. Hands down best book I've read / listened to. Thanks Matt

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By Jollypenno on 06-28-15

Just listened to this entire book in a single session

It's the best! Absolutely brilliant and I could not stop listening.

I'll also be buying a print version.

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