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The Sober Diaries

How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living
Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle, so she left her successful role as a managing partner in one of the world's biggest advertising agencies to look after her family.

She knew the change wouldn't be easy, but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day and spending her evenings Googling 'am I an alcoholic?'

This book is the bravely honest story of a year in Clare's life. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze-free and cancer-free, no longer has a wine belly and is two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. She has a happier family and a more positive outlook.

Sober Diaries is an upbeat, funny and positive look at how to live life to the full. Interwoven within Clare's own very personal and brilliantly comic story is research and advice as she discovers the answers to questions like:

  • How do I know if I'm drinking too much?
  • How will I cope at parties?
  • What do I say to friends and family?
  • How do I cope with cravings?
  • If I stop drinking, will I lose weight?
  • What if my partner still drinks?

And many more.

©2017 Clare Pooley (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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fantastic book

Love, love, love! i cried, i laughed, i related. Such a great book and an inspiring story.

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Amazing book.

I didn't like the narrator at first but she grew on me. This book has been my best friend in early recovery. I loved this book so much that for the past 9 days I would listen to it in bed, in the car, on the train, at work and every other place that I had an opportunity to pull my phone out. It really puts emphasis on how the sober life does get easier as time goes on. I'm going to miss this book and I'm sad that I finished it so now I'll have to go stalk her blog instead :)

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Fantastic. I

I really enjoyed this book. Very funny in parts and had me feeling emotional too. All up a very worthwhile read.

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Positive Story on Getting Sober

Claire tells her story with humour, honesty and compassion. It’s the most positive story of getting sober I’ve read. Loved it. Thanks Claire

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Very Glass Half on this book.

Like the honesty of the journey. It’s a funny true story mixed with rawness of human emotion and battles of being a parent. A non sober one. It’s also I think an encouraging story as it’s not preaching about not drinking. Its inviting.
Nice Clare. Congrats. Well played.

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Great listen

I found myself talking back to the narrator, so many things rang true. A must for anyone who is new to the sober journey, allows us to feel “normal”

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I Loved this audiobook

This is the first audio book I listened to and I couldn't get enough of it. I laughed out loud a few times listening to parts of the book. I really recommend it. The Narrator was excellent compared to a few of the others I've listened to since.

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loved it

a refreshing look at alcohol culture (especially for women) from one woman's witty and funny perspective.

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WOW

I have listened to this book three times, it really was so so good, the narrator was perfect for Clare and it made me laugh out loud many times, hope Clare Poole does another book SOON !

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  • River Holmes-miller
  • 24-04-2018

The performance makes this one worthwhile...

What made the experience of listening to The Sober Diaries the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed this book, though I believe a lot of my enjoyment came from the narrator, who is excellent. The author is very chummy in her approach, and this was both charming and, at times, off-putting. The author assumes her readers all spend their holidays thumbing through endless stacks of party invitations and deciding where to go on vacation. This is the author's life, and there is certainly nothing wrong with it. However, she seems oblivious to the fact that very few people actually live as she does. The fact that you don't hate the author by the end of the book is a testament to her skills as a writer.

If you’ve listened to books by Clare Pooley before, how does this one compare?

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What does Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is an amazing narrator, as she makes the central character seem very likable.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

She described the joys of sobriety very well. The material was consistently encouraging and inspirational and will likely help people who struggle to find meaning in their lives after they stop drinking.

Any additional comments?

A worthwhile listen, despite the author's often myopic worldview.

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  • April Rudder
  • 31-03-2018

Brilliant!

This was such a good read! It has you engaged the whole entire time. I really hated when I got to where I was going cause I just wanted to keep on listening. I honestly felt like I was watching a movie. It’s a very funny heartfelt and very honest look into drinking. I highly recommend this to anyone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2018

This book helped me so much!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is trying to stop drinking alcohol. Clare Pooley is so inspirational!

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  • J. Hintz
  • 30-12-2018

Not as interesting as several other sobriety memoi

This book is fine, but I just don't find it nearly as interesting as many of the other sobriety memoirs out there. I preferred the Kristi Coulter, Leslie Jamison, and Lisa Smith books over this one. Oh, and Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story," possibly the book that invented the genre.

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  • The Pelican
  • 09-05-2018

1 months sober and Feeling Fabulous!

this book is incredible, it's delightful informative incredibly helpful and makes you feel as though you're part of community of so many people that have gone down this horrendous path. But Claire puts an entertaining side to becoming sober. it doesn't have to all be that bad, we can all get through this with some humor and compassion. Excellent book I would read this again.

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  • Kathy
  • 02-05-2018

Day 1

Just the motivation I need! I have such respect and admiration for the author. Enjoyed thoroughly!

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  • L.H.
  • 23-01-2018

Authentic

An honest, funny retelling of one woman’s journey to find her authentic self that was hidden by her all consuming life of alcohol. Inspiring and laugh out loud funny.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-2019

Toally motivated, loved it<br />

So down to earth and real. Totally motivated me and I'm on my way to a sober life. Never thought I would hear myself say that! I'm going to listen again.

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  • Lauren
  • 10-01-2019

Wow! What an amazing story!

This book kept me going for days while I showered daily for the day and in self pity for drinking too many glasses of wine the night before. The beginning of our stories match like a glove, the end is up to me! Thanks for such an amazing story. I even started speaking to the kids with a British accent! Lol love it and love youClare! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Lori Cobb
  • 03-01-2019

Wow!

This is such a great book! So much so, that I also bought the hard copy. The author tells of her battle with alcohol addiction with brutal honesty, yet manages to make it humorous and inspiring.

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  • KS
  • 12-02-2018

Enjoyed whilst reassessing my drinking habits

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

yes - I have recommended to friends. I like the perspective it gives on drinking

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment when Clare's friend sent her the AA coin.

Any additional comments?

I unexpectedly enjoyed this book - going into it not really sure whether I had a problematic relationship with drinking and coming out of it completely reassessing my attitude towards it, particularly around my children and how it affects them. This book also manages to remain light hearted and not in the least bit preachy whilst hammering home a very serious message.

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  • Rebecca
  • 24-04-2018

Inspirational

this book will make you laugh (out loud!) and likely get you from the get go (it did me!) Clare has helped me start a new AF journey which is exciting and challenging all at once. I wouldn't have started without the help of Clare and her inspired story! if you want to cut down drinking, moderate, stop or just want a good book that will make you laugh at and feel good reading - get this. I found myself missing Clare and her family when I had finished and want to be her friend!!!

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  • Simon T
  • 14-02-2018

Loved it!

This is a great book and really inspiring for anyone trying to give up the booze and become sober. It's really helped me in my own journey.

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  • Liz Mitchinson
  • 30-10-2018

Every woman needs to listen to this journey

I am not a drinker , but this story should appeal to anybody who feels their life is slightly out of their Control. Food, work , anxiety anything that causes you to live life “not to the full” means this will be a great listen . I listened because a friend recommended it , an I am recommending it to you!

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  • Amanda B UK
  • 29-10-2018

A piece of gold

Immensely thought provoking nourishment, superbly written and narrated, I’m reading it again now, I feel this may just be what I need to terminate my deadly relationship with booze. Thank you Clare, Sobergirlone Soberistas xxx

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  • Gemma Shepherd
  • 06-10-2018

heartwarming and witty

A talented writer who took me on her journey and made me laugh and cry with her
Great book

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  • Linda Drew
  • 10-09-2018

Excellent

Really enjoyed this book, lots of humour and sadness.

Great storyline would definetely recommend it to anyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-2018

Highly Recommended

A brilliant inspiring account. It made me laugh and cry but above all it gives hope.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2018

A big THANK YOU!

Reading the book made me want to start living and stop drinking. Loved every minute reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-2018

Funny and empowering

This is a great start for anyone wanting to make a change. You don’t need to be at at home mum or even an alcoholic. It’s for anyone daunted by how life can sometimes overtake you during middle age and make you lose sight of yourself. It’s made me feel like change is possible and that I can take back control.

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