We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled Audiobook

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Regular Price:$45.61
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we have invented this concept, and now we let it rule us.

Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We're sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness.

Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how and why to change for good. With practical exercises for your daily routine and a six-week course based on her studies of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with Mark Williams at Oxford University, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled is the only guide you need for a healthier, happier life.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

©2016 Ruby Wax (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (8 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.7 (7 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (7 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Natasha Fleitas 14/07/2016 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great down to earth book "

    Very entertaining and great introduction to mindfullness. Very well researched and supported explanaitions. Was easy to listen to as Ruby has a very down to earth, no nonsense way of explaining the concepts of mindfullness. The six week exercise guide was fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Graham Hunt
    Valencia
    23/06/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent with just one flaw"

    Excellent listen with a great finish. Just one flaw for me is the description of exercises to do which goes on too long in audio version. It would be fine reading but not too great in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • maria
    Hull, United Kingdom
    20/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Empathetic"

    As I listened it was quite amazing how what Ruby discussed could have been about me, in fact it felt like I should have written it but was pipped to the post. It was intelligent and absolutely clear in its complexity. I've always been a great fan and empathise with her journey. A must read/listen for the 'Frazzled'. Full of practical ways to tame the beast that is the mind/brain conundrum. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Brandon
    London, UK
    20/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating, entertaining, gutsy and uplifting"

    Ruby Wax's latest offering is a must for anyone interested in depression, mindfulness and how to cope with the roadblocks thrown up by an increasingly complex world.

    The author's narration amplifies the impact of the material and had me laughing out loud (which attracted a few funny looks in the gym!) and never left me less than thoughtful after every chapter. I don't have any kids, but even the chapters on using mindfulness with babies, kids and teens were engaging and informative.

    The pinnacle of the book is Ruby's diary of her week of silent retreat, sandwiched between two brain-scans to determine whether mindfulness has any scientific/neurological basis. I won't spoil it with any revelations, but it was by turns gripping, hilarious and poignant.

    A definite 'buy' from this reviewer.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Husard
    Dorset, UK
    7/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so cannot compare print versus audio. However Ruby reading her own book is wonderful, she brings it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ruby, amazing storyteller.


    Have you listened to any of Ruby Wax’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but I will be getting Sane New World soon. I love her very personal conversational style.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't Get Depressed Get Ruby


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books I have brought. It is a very recent acquisition but already she has made me smile and laugh. How can I feel depressed when I am laughing? She is a tonic and a terrific anti-depressant. Even though Ruby Wax has had a hell of a lot to contend with she has given depression and how to find your way out of it easy to understand and to do so for that I thank her very warmly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wexfordtown2000
    UK
    30/03/16
    Overall
    "Frazzled"

    I really enjoyed this book. Ruby is very honest and shares lots of personal stories. Her delivery is fun whilst getting across what she wants to say about the great affect mindfulness can have upon you. I really enjoyed the section of the book on teenagers and why they react the way they do. Keep up the good work. Highly recommended. Thank you. X

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    2/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "HEART WARMING AND HONEST"
    If you could sum up A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled in three words, what would they be?

    I'm not one for finishing a book, despite my good intentions. However listening to this audio book was my answer. I was gripped to the end and by the end felt like I had actually learnt something. Mindfulness for children and teenagers very interesting.
    I laughed out loud, whilst valuing Ruby's honesty. This book had everything for me.
    I thoroughly recommend listening to this as an audio book...Ruby Wax reading this was captivating.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The pink one
    27/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Entertaining, pithy and inspiring"

    A practical explanation of mindfulness. It includes useful exercises, I particularly liked the Owl, and authentic feedback on how frustrating it can be to tame a wild mind.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M. E. Williamson
    Notts, Uk
    19/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A solid, but light hearted tour of mindfulness"
    What made the experience of listening to A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled the most enjoyable?

    Ruby Wax has managed to shatter the ice surrounding the topic of mindfulness. Framed by her own experiences, she does what other authors have failed to do , and make mindfulness accessible and real. Great work!


    What does Ruby Wax bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Authenticity in her personal experience


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • J. S. Peet
    Notts. UK
    21/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A good introduction to meditation"

    I enjoyed Ruby's performance as usual, a fun, no nonsense approach and thoroughly researched. Entertaining and informative.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Redford
    26/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "You can't stop the sea but you can learn to surf!"

    Ruby Wax has done a great deal to promote Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the ways of training your brain to behave in helpful ways. She has even completed a Masters in it, so she knows the science-based background to what she's talking about - which she does with laugh-aloud wit, empathy and sharp intelligence. You don't have to suffer from intermittent paralysing depression as Ruby has done throughout her life to find this both interesting and helpful. If you do suffer from depression, there are chapters on mental exercises to follow and, just as crucial, Ruby understands all those dreadful feelings which possess you and will make you understand that you're not alone, and you can learn to makes things more manageable. Even if you don't suffer from depression yourself, you probably know someone who does and listening to Frazzled will give you insight into what Ruby calls the 'disease' and could make you more understanding and more constructive in your sympathy.

    Frazzled is also a study of the manic crazy world we have made for ourselves through stress, and listeners will probably be able to recognise themselves straightaway, caught in this vortex of choice and decision over-load from schools for your children to ice-cream flavours, and in the desperate race to compete, succeed, keep up and be Queen Bee all at the same time. If you can say you're happy in the present moment, then you're 'In the Zone,' but most people can't reach that Zone because of this all-enveloping stress. If this is you, Ruby's advice, anecdotes and examples (self-deprecatory, wickedly funny) will give you ideas for de-stressing. She knows all too well that it's not a matter of scented candles and so on, but proven mental strategies. She's not going to tell you how to change the unchangeable, but she will help you to cope with stress-induced miseries and defuse damaging behaviour like anger by recognising what's going on in your head.

    It's right that Ruby should read this herself as she is so immersed in the subject, and she relates the struggle it was for her to complete the book during a very serious period of depression. Although known as a comedienne, this is Ruby as a real private woman and her voice can range from the high, fast zassy Personal Story narratives throughout, to soft, beaten down, struggling human being.

    Get listening!


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Guy Dawson
    UK
    18/03/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A thought provoking, humorous read!"

    Ruby Wax has written an easy to understand, funny and inspiring guide on mindfulness, something we should all try to do. It's really sad to discover how she has struggled with depression through her life. She has sprinkled humor throughout the book, and doesn't take herself too seriously.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.