Adventures in Audiobooks… It It Just Me?


“Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn’t tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? 

Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures – surely it’s plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me? 

I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences – from school days to life as an office temp – and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life’s rocky path. 

Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let’s call it, because it’s fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.”

This was an impulse buy when I had some extra credits for my Audible subscription and I’m glad I did. I’m not a fan of autobiographies, but books like this and those by Caitlin Moran I enjoy. They are about real life and what they think about them using stories from their own lives. I don’t agree with everything they say, but can relate to some areas a bit too much.

Miranda Hart takes us on a journey through those normal, yet awkward life moments that there is not a instruction manual on how to deal with them. I own feel like I need instructions for life and that going with the flow is a bit too loose for my liking. But alas we have to follow things through and see where we end up.

I enjoyed listen to the author read the book as well. There is something nice and comforting about hearing the words from the person who wrote them.

At first I found the 18-year old Miranda a bit annoying, but then realised she is supposed to be. It’s about realising that our younger perspective on things doesn’t stay with us and that doesn’t make where we end up disappointing, just different. We can have it all planned out at 18, but that doesn’t mean our lives will follow those plans. More than likely life will take us on a journey we didn’t know we needed to go on – or at least that is what I am telling myself!

This was a fun listen and a break from fiction. This is the only thing I like about my commute too at the moment. if I didn’t have audiobooks I would go insane a lot quicker than I am. However I can’t keep at it much longer. It’s not worth it and I don’t want to move.  So I’ve had to make the decision to look for another job closer to home. It’s hard and I hate it, but deep down I know it’s right for the long term.

So I recommend this book and I will keep an eye out for similar ones by people I like to keep adding non-fiction to my bookshelf.

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