Adventures in Audiobooks… Moranthology


“Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling How To Be A Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman.

In MORANTHOLOGY Caitlin ‘gets quite chatty’ about many subjects, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually left to hot-shot wonks and not a woman who sometimes keeps a falafel in her handbag. These other subjects include…

Caffeine | Ghostbusters | Being Poor | Twitter | Caravans | Obama | Wales | Paul McCartney | The Welfare State | Sherlock | David Cameron Looking Like Ham | Amy Winehouse | ‘The Big Society’ | Big Hair | Nutter-letters | Michael Jackson’s funeral | Failed Nicknames | Wolverhampton | Squirrels’ Testicles | Sexy Tax | Binge-drinking | Chivalry | Rihanna’s Cardigan | Party Bags | Hot People| Transsexuals | The Gay Moon Landings”

This is the funniest book I have read in a long time! I laughed out loud so many times while listening to this in my car. I think it helped that Caitlin Moran herself reads the audiobook version. This means every thing she wants to come across really does. The downside about audiobooks is that it makes it really hard to remember quotes to share as I can’t just skim through the book to find them. So all I can do here is really recommend this book as a must read for anyone who almost just wants to chat and hear people talk about random and everyday things they love.

My favourite parts of this book were the bits about Sherlock – Caitlin gets the fandom so well and it totally made me feel less obsessed as she totally feels the same. Although I was totally jealous she got to go to a cast reading of the first episode of series 2!

Another favourite part was about coffee – who’d have thought? I couldn’t believe she had never had tea or coffee until later in life. So it was funny to read about how suddenly having no home space to work in she hit the local coffee shops. Knowing from experience what it is like to want to work in a coffee shop and feel you have to keep ordering drinks to justify you lengthy stay. I also know who it feels to drink too much coffee. This was an honest and funny account of what happens.

I loved the range of topic she covered too. it was honestly like those random conversations you have with your best friend where you can talk about anything and everything, no matter how random or serious. This books definitely covered serious topics too and I liked the way they made me think. Caitlin Moran is able to convey these topics in ways that make them accessible to anyone. I was able to understand and agree or disagree without feeling confrontational or stupid. I was also able to laugh at how seriously we all take ourselves sometimes.

Honestly if I need cheering up this will be my go to book. I might even buy her previous book in audiobook form at some point as I think it would be even better with the author herself reading it.

This book has to be the least audiobook like book I’ve ever listened to. It was more like a feature length podcast episode and I loved every minute of it. It was disappointing when it finished as I think I could have listened to anything she wanted to talk about.

Honestly I could rave about this book all day. It was so nice to read a funny book that wasn’t trying to be anything more. I will definitely be listening to this book again in the near future. It’s going on my standby commuting book list so will be kept on my ipod!

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