• The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

  • Discovering A Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life
  • By: Catherine Gray
  • Narrated by: Catherine Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-28-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ever sworn off alcohol for January and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there's 'no point' in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us.
Before embracing sobriety, Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish cycle of drink, horrible decisions and hangovers, during which she had her fair share of 'drunk tank' jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures.
'I discovered that I was about a million times happier sober than I ever had been while drinking. As were the hundreds of sober pals I picked up along the way. I found myself with dozens more hours in the week, heaps more energy, £20K more money over three-and-a-half years, deepened friendships, revived family relationships, better skin, a tighter body, tanned legs for the first time ever, the ability to sleep for eight uninterrupted hours, a bone-deep sense of wellbeing, a totally turned-around positive outlook and an infinitely more successful career. What's not to like?!'
This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety with a three-pronged approach combining the author's personal experience; factual reportage and contributions from expert sources; and self-help advice for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol intake or eliminate it completely. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober is the new bible of sobriety.
©2017 Catherine Gray (P)2017 Octopus Publishing Group
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 05-03-18

Is she trying to convince me or herself?

More than half of the book is dedicated to the virtues of being sober. I feel like she’s trying to either convince me to become sober or she trying to convince herself as to why she quit drinking in the first place. She repeats her message so many times than it starts to feel preachy.

On top of the bland performance, it’s also terribly written. The language and conversational style is mor suited to a diary entry than a book. In fact, it feels like much of the book had been taken, entry for entry from her diary.

The only solace is that I’m sure this book will help someone. And maybe that’s enough for an audio book of this nature.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Neil Symington on 01-26-18

Amazing!

Catherine’s is a heartfelt journey wonderfully told and beautifully written. You can hear the raw emotion in her voice and I was gripped right from the start. I listened to the complete audiobook within three days... If you have a uneasy relationship with alcohol you simply MUST read / listen to this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By K-Mart on 01-19-18

Intelligent, thought-provoking & inspiring

I loved this book. The writer comes across as very genuine, relatable, likeable. I found her story humbling. It takes a lot of courage to write so honestly. She is of course right about alcohol. We all know it, but we’re scared to really admit it. I’d say this book is essential reading for anyone sober curious, anyone who’s ever worried about their drinking, anyone wondering why alcohol has such a grip on socialising in the UK. I particularly liked her analogies about tunnels and trapdoors - what an accurate way of describing drinking to numb anxiety and pain. I’ve recommended this book to many of my friends.

Thank you Catherine & I wish you all the best for the future!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy on 01-23-18

Inspiring

I thought this book was very well written and narrated. As someone who has recently realised the relationship with alcohol can be a bad one is amazing to know im not the only one. I could relate to so many of these instances, even being a male.
This book has given me plenty of tips to help me stay sober!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon Hart on 08-01-18

Honestly written, honestly read.

Catherine's book is a definite eye-opener; her slide from stratospheric social heights and career glory into the abyss of alcoholism makes it clear that this can easily happen to any of us. Her ditch-digging efforts to rebuild a life free from alcohol is also inspirational and full of practical strategies. Worth a listen even if you just think of yourself as a mild drinker who could use an extra AFD a week. Her honest reading style is unique, rather like having coffee with someone and listening to them chat. Non-preachy, naked honesty, and good writing. Great stuff Catherine!

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