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Sober Curious

The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol
Narrated by: Ruby Warrington
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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Would life be better without alcohol?

It’s the nagging question more and more of us are finding harder to ignore, whether we have a “problem” with alcohol or not. After all, we yoga. We green juice. We meditate. We self-care. And yet, come the end of a long workday, the start of a weekend, an awkward social situation, we drink. One glass of wine turns into two turns into a bottle. In the face of how we care for ourselves otherwise, it’s hard to avoid how alcohol really makes us feel: terrible

How different would our lives be if we stopped drinking on autopilot? If we stopped drinking altogether? Really different, it turns out. Really better. Frank, funny, and always judgment-free, Sober Curious is a bold guide to choosing to live hangover-free, from Ruby Warrington, one of the leading voices of the new sobriety movement.  

Drawing on research, expert interviews, and personal narrative, Sober Curious is a radical takedown of the myths that keep so many of us drinking. Inspiring, timely, and blame-free, Sober Curious is both conversation starter and handbook - essential information that empowers listeners to transform their relationship with alcohol so we can lead our most fulfilling lives.

©2019 Ruby Warrington (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Solid Sober Insight

This piece ideal for those thinking about not drinking for a while or taking a break, or deeply considering going long term and farewelling alcohol for good.
It’s not preaching. It’s real. It’s positive.
A solid insight about the why we drink and what it may or not mask. Enjoy.

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Enjoyable book that has really inspired me

I’ve read other books about alcohol reduction etc and they didn’t really help. This book has really changed my perception about alcohol and I’m 4 days sober. Although I don’t consider myself an ‘alcoholic’ I definitely find it hard to say no to just one more each and every time I drink. I do stop at 2 but I’m tired of feeling like alcohol is a toxic friend that’s bad for me. I want to be the boss of my life and this book has helped me to put alcohol in its place.

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  • chris
  • wollongong, Australia
  • 02-03-2019

Awakens your senses

Amazing book , tells it how it is with incredible clarity and insight 👍
Must listen again !

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  • Tim Roper
  • newtown, Victoria, Australia
  • 16-01-2020

Useful and interesting, somewhat woo-ey

Has some great perspectives and interesting takes on the habits around alcohol and how they reduce our abilities to conduct fuller lives. I found this book useful to start thinking about alcohol in a different perspective and reduce my consumption and replace drinking with what I would call constructive behaviour.

Some parts get pretty new agey, and a bit of the evidence presented is attributed to pseudo-science and populist new age opinion, albeit interesting. I personally find a lot of this stuff to be frustrating and skipped it. This is not a large portion of the book and the other content is well researched and realistic in it’s approach.

When you distill (pun intended) this book down, it presents non-judgemental and accessible thought experiments that are great if you want to move on from drinking booze in whatever form you do it - and aren’t sure on how or why.

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Very soothing easy going non judgemental book.

Loved it. Relaxing to listen to in the car in traffic. Not the big AA judgemental thing. Insightful and practical. Nothing too hard or onerus to do to achieve sober curious goals.

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great motivation

i really enjoyed this book. Having just decided to finally take action on drinking habits it's very reaffirming to learn all this in a friendly, funny and easy to listen to book. I enjoyed the authors pleasant voice and conversational style. I'd recommend this book to anyone questioning their drinking habits and wanting to reframe their ideas about alcohol.

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Long but worth it.

Overall the book is a really interesting book but there are some chapters on spiritualism and similar things that drone on like a boring grandmother giving you a lecture.

I was somewhat surprised how little time Ruby spent talking about the negative effects of alcohol consumption given that this evidence is probably one of the biggest reasons why some of us will give up alcohol.

The damning evidence about alcohol as a poison is almost the reverse of social proof, it's a really good reason to stop. To gloss over it and let the reader find their own evidence seemed a little lazy.

I was interested in the subject matter and listen to the book all the way to the end so I guess I'm on my way to a more sober future with rubies help.

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  • Annie H
  • 15-01-2019

Good take-a-ways

The book makes some really good points regarding the impact of alcohol and the benefits of abstinence from it. I found the reading to sound a little “mechanical” at times and, beyond the physical wellness discussed, the spiritual aspects of the book were a little “out-there” for me (toward the end I found myself skipping forward through parts that I felt were a side step away from the message I bought this book for).

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  • Annette
  • 01-03-2019

really gives spect strategy

This book builds on the Naked Mind movement shifting the thinking of people from “its not a big deal “ to drink if I am not an “alcoholic “ to an acknowledgement of the alcoholic dependence and overuse of every day life. She carefully avoids creating shame and presents such a believable version of a better life if sobriety that I ran out of excuses not to try it.

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  • Timothy Hill
  • 30-01-2019

The message sunk in quickly

I've never been a heavy drinker but love a good old session from time to time. As I get older, the hangovers get worse and my mind becomes a haze. Ruby put the cards on the table and put the fact that she has stopped drinking booze in a realistic non-condescending manner that most people can relate to.

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  • zydeco
  • 12-03-2019

surprisingly great little spiritual book

I really enjoyed Ruby's journey. She's practical, honest, smart & knows what works for her.
I respect that.
Having been sober curious myself for at least 10yrs, Ive pretty much eleminated alcohol from my life over the past 15 mos.
And that works for me & my body.

She never goes into the huge financial benefits of not drinking. You save a ton!

I encourage more people to be present & sober.
Thank you for this great lil giude, Ruby!

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  • AyJayATL
  • 14-01-2019

Sobriety thru New Age energy vibe chanelling

this book had about 20 minutes worth of common sense benefits from being sober and then the rest of it was fairly woo oriented as far as how to channel your energy better in sobriety through various New age techniques. not exactly what the title suggests.

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  • R&M S
  • 08-08-2019

Related to, and thoroughly enjoyed the first half

The core concept of the book related to moderate-heavy social drinking, the benefits of getting "sober curious", and defeating a social reliance to alcohol was enjoyable, but the author really lost me when she started HEAVILY wedging in her politics with references to Black Lives Matter, white privilege, "systemic" oppression etc. The connection to the core message was loose, at best. The spiritual elements were far too "out there" for me as well.

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  • Lindsey Adkison
  • 03-01-2019

If you're looking at this book ... you need it.

This is such a helpful and honest book. It isn't preachy or judgemental. And if you're thinking about it, then it's definitely worth a listen.

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  • Camille Miller
  • 02-06-2019

Fabulous "read"

Wow, eye opening. Everything I was thinking in her story. it's definately going into my collection of must read books for business.

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  • Samuel
  • 18-02-2019

Overall mostly helpful and valid points...take what you like!

Like the honesty and sincerity of the author in explaining her own unique journey and her struggles. Perhaps a bit less snark and gratuitous obscenities would have been appropriate, especially while claiming to have emotional maturity. And maybe a bit less thinly-veiled 12-step program bashing? But overall a clear and honest reflection of what works for her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-2020

Kinda confusing

There should be a big disclaimer on the cover about author's addiction to astrology, taro cards, energy levels and white supremacy problems. It's hard to relate seriously to the main content of the book because of it. You can skip the last chapter though and try your best.

Be aware that author's "drinking problem" is one drink in a month.

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  • Andy
  • 10-01-2019

This book could almost drive me to drink

I listened to the first ten minutes of this and cringed several times.

Firstly, it's narrated by the author. Why not spend a bit of cash and get an actual voice-over artist?

Secondly, it's clear the author is desperate to tap into the American market. In the few minutes I listened to she referred to "the emergency room" instead of "A & E", "college" instead of "uni" and the worst one of all, pronounced "buoyed" like "boo-eed".

If this book had any substance at all then it's a shame as I can't get past this cringeworthy narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2019

Eye opening

This book is well written and opens your eyes and mind to how alcohol effects the brain and body. Wish I knew this decades ago.

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  • Ross
  • 08-10-2019

Unfortunately, one star.

I don’t like writing bad reviews, but unfortunately I feel compelled to on this occasion.
Personally I need a bit of help, like many others, but this book offers me very little.
Along with the undertone of self gratified back slapping, which is entirely nauseating, I have to agree with some others in the reviews.
I tried to stick with it after a very poor intro, but as it went on it got progressively worse.
Im sure it’s helped a few, but it’s not for me.

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  • Emily Foden
  • 25-09-2019

Couldn't stop listening.

Ruby touched on everything I had been thinking about as I start to become Sober Curious. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing and her connection with her audience.

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  • erica taylor
  • 15-09-2019

hard to listen to

i couldnt finish it. i imagine the book is quite a good read but its so hard to take in because of the disjointed narration. it doesnt flow at all.
bummer.

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  • Kari E.
  • 29-07-2019

Thoughtful and thought-provoking

Not just another essay about AA, this book goes beyond anecdotes to talk about alcohol in a holistic context. Sober Curious considers the spiritual aspects of our relationship with booze and how, as we elevate, it can cloud the connection we crave both to a higher source and to each other. Featuring both personal anecdotes about life in media when that industry was still flying and research on how alcohol affects the boy (as well as a look at alcohol in advertising!), this book will have you thinking about your relationship with drink differently.

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  • Carole Hilton-Stone
  • 20-07-2019

Just what I needed.

What a clever and thoughtful way to address and think about your / my drinking hygiene.
I have listened to it once but I’m going to dive straight back in for another run through. That said, I’ve already experienced several social situations in my first week and survived / thrived. Who knew .?
Thank you so very much Ruby. I truly appreciate it.

If you think you are drinking too much then you are probably right. This book will provide you with insights in a unique way. Read it / listen to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2019

Getting off the sauce.

Well worth a read/listen if you are looking at getting off the sauce, changing/modifying your life and becoming a better person.

I think after this book, it might of helped me find the final tools to help me stop drinking.

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