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Modern life is full of choices. But how do we know what our best life looks like? And what if we get it wrong?

Incisive, wide-ranging and witty, How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?, explores the questions, anxieties and agendas that consume our lives. Pandora Sykes interrogates the stories we’ve been sold and the ones we tell ourselves - from happiness to wellness, womanhood to consumerism - in ways that are both surprising and reassuring. 

With insight and warmth, How Do We Know We're Doing It Right? will spark a thousand conversations and encourage us to find our own path to contentment.

©2020 Pandora Sykes (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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loved it

Loved it, everyone should listen to this. Articulate, informed and well read. Download this now.

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Well researched

I really enjoy Pandora Sykes on her now sadly finished podcast The High Low, and perhaps I listened too closely to it because this essay collection although clearly well researched and the result of much hard work didn’t offer many new ideas that hadn’t already been discussed on the podcast. I purchased it because I wanted to hear more from this sharp mind as I appreciate her insights and thoughtful analyses on so many varying issues and topics, but it felt like the same content in university thesis form.
It just wasn’t what i was expecting as I do enjoy Pandora’s long form journalism, but this didn’t feel the same. I totally appreciate all the hard work that was put in though and if you haven’t listened to the podcast I think the ideas in the book are well worth soaking up and pondering!

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Guarantee you’ll gain insight from this book

Loved this. Took ages to listen as a kept having to pause, reflect, replay, reflect more and then continue. I think I’ll purchase a physical copy I can annotate as well. Definitely recommend.

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Reads like an ok sociology dissertation

I couldn’t finish this. I went to just over an hour of listening and absolutely couldn’t understand why she’d written this or how on earth it got published. It genuinely read like an ok undergrad sociology dissertation which I’d grade at 2:2. It’s just gathering other people’s opinions and writing them down with very little analysis. There very little original thought, just regurgitating that of others. It’s not even entertaining. The narration is bizzare as well, again sounds like a teenager reading aloud, doesn’t flow or is in any way natural.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2020

Accent too posh but damn good book

Terribly posh accent but stick with it as it’s a damn good book.. well done Pandy but someone else to read it please.

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  • Kristyna Mistrikova
  • 18-07-2020

good with a few buts:)

I had to come back and update my review as the first time I didn't do the book justice.
The beginning is rather lengthy and feels a bit like an annual report on the current state of retail on the high street of Britain.
Luckily the listen gets more engaging further into the chapters and raises interesting questions about how our lives are impacted by social media, the pressures associated with current lifestyle and hyper mediated world.
Quite a good listen though at times would perhaps prefer an actress to read as the performance is a bit stiff at times.
Interesting enough content though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-2020

Unoriginal and Inconclusive

Love the High Low and was surprised to find out this is just an extended version of Pandora’s commentary on other people’s work, rather than any original thought. Summarising an interesting observation (Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror for E.G) and including your own reflection of it with a life example shouldn’t warrant a full audiobook.

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  • Rhona
  • 31-07-2020

Not very exciting

This book doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know. It is a chatty magazine style book littered with pop references which won’t date well (there’s a whole section where she basically lists online clothing retailers 🤷‍♀️). The narration is also a little over the top, she reads it as though it’s a magical tale of fiction, aided by the string of unnecessary adjectives she is so fond of. Not as good as I’d hoped, sorry.

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  • Marie Moroney Sullivan
  • 09-05-2021

witty wisdom for right now

loved this. superbly researched dissected and presented. a must read for everyone. read it now.

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  • Jane Kearns
  • 13-03-2021

Disappointing

Most of this book is summaries of other books, shows and trends. No real insight into Pandora’s life or experiences, there are some snippets but not much which makes me think her life and experiences aren’t really book worthy (I’m nearly the same age as her, no one wants to read a story about my life either!). I love Pandora on the high low and have enjoyed her journalism but this was just not good. The only good thing I got from this book was recommendations for other things to read. Perhaps this work would have been better as columns about millennial women, trends etc

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  • eve c
  • 16-02-2021

So pleased I got the audio book!

Really loved listening to Pandora. The essays are well researched and really interesting. It's funny and relatable. Made me feel better that I'm not doing it right and the format lends itself superbly to audio book. Feels like you're having a chat with your friend.

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  • zainab
  • 22-11-2020

Thoughtful

I mostly enjoyed this; some chapters were a bit slow and there was little ground-breaking analysis but it was well written.

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  • F. K. Waler
  • 10-11-2020

Reassuring, interesting and articulate

This book worked really well as an audiobook. Great to listen to during the commute! Pandora wonderfully articulates those thoughts on modern life we all have, I found myself laughing out loud and nodding along. Strangely reassuring to know that I’m not alone in wondering what it’s all about...
Highly recommend!!

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  • Red
  • 11-10-2020

Enjoyable & thought provoking

Each section explores issues that many of us face from different viewpoints. Some of the perspectives articulated how I felt while other parts offered interesting insights in an engaging way. It felt like an enjoyable conversation among friends. Would recommend to others for an enjoyable way to spend their time.

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