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  • Mrs D Is Going Without

  • A Memoir
  • By: Lotta Dann
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Mrs D Is Going Without

By: Lotta Dann
Narrated by: Cat Gould
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Summary

Mrs. D is an alcoholic, albeit a very nice, respectable, articulate, and groomed alcoholic. 

This is an honest, upfront, relatable account of one suburban housewife's journey from miserable wine-soaked boozer to self-respecting sober lady. 

This audiobook is an inspirational tale of self-transformation, addiction, and domesticity. This audiobook lays out the entirely unexpected solo journey Mrs. D took in the first year of her sobriety and reveals the incredible online support that came through on her confessional blog, a blog intended to be a private online diary but turned into something else quite remarkable.

©2014 Lotta Dann (P)2019 Tantor

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fabulous

Down to earth story of a woman's struggle to battle alcohol addiction. A story that anyone who drinks at all can relate too.

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A good sober aid

A helpful, warm and enjoyable listen or read.
liked the narrator's voice which was like listening to a friend.

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An average story of an average housewife’s average drink problem. It’s not a bad book, but if you’re looking for a gripping alcohol memoir; this isn’t it. I will say that the author sounds like a lovely lady though, and I’m glad she stopped drinking before her issue became worse than average.

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inspirational

I have really enjoyed this book. it is funny, very honestly written but also emotional when recognising myself at times. Very helpful if you are starting out on your sober journey as I am.

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Mrs D is going without

As someone in the process of giving up drinking, this was one of the books I chose to read in my quest to ‘go it alone’ I’m so glad I did! It’s funny, informative and very real.

I loved it.

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Fab book, brilliantly read!

There’s quite a bit of AF literature around now, but if you’re a woman looking for some inspiration and a way to escape wine o’clock, then check this one out! Hope you enjoy.

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Entertaining and relatable

Excellent read and definitely something many could relate to and would encourage people to quit drinking alcohol if it was out of control.

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A lovely honest writer, but put me right off sobriety

The narrator has a lovely voice, the writing is heartfelt & honest & shows true bravery in showing vulnerability... but as a forty-something functioning alcoholic wifey it put me right off trying to stop drinking. Gave me the actual fear.

The first part, describing how she drank, had so many moments of recognition for me “oh my god I do that!!” “Yes, yes, blimey yes!” & I felt less alone in my struggle.

But then she goes into the “I’ve stopped & it’s bloody awful” for what seemed like an interminable amount of time. So depressing - how she gritted her teeth to get through & every social event was an endurance, life was boring & crappy, for literally months & months.

At the end there’s a teeny whisper of “I see things more clearly now & it’s better” but a drop in the ocean after the awfulness she describes previously.

I ended up in tears thinking I’ll never get dry. A good story if you’re not seeking encouragement yourself.

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FABULOUS 🥰

Such an incredible story. Lotta Dann writes her memoir making the ordinary extraordinary and inspirational. Thank you 😊

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This book was quite nice. I listened to it on audible. I have gone through what Mrs D talks about and got worse. I don't have the lovely gift of a supportive high achieving hubby and Beautiful children nor a network of friends in two different places. I think that you need to be selfish about getting clean. So that's fine. I hope sincerely that she helped others like her. She is a journalist. So should right a good book.

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  • Chris Kelter
  • 22-07-20

Very Enjoyable

I couldn't put it down. It was a joy to listen to. As a fellow boozy housewife, I related to Lotta Dann so much it was incredible. I enjoyed her writing style and the layout of the book as well. This book inspires me to stay sober and that everything is going to be okay. Also, the reader, Cat Gould, really helped the book to come alive.

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  • North End Girl
  • 28-06-19

A New Friend

Wonderful, great narrator, listen over and over. Provides comfort and support. Totally relate to content.

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  • RachelB
  • 01-03-20

Great start ....

But the second half of the book is waaaay too much reading complementary comments from the blog. Now had they been constructive criticism or asking advice, great but the majority were just saying how great the blog was. One or two, fine but it was a few at a time. As quit lit it's definitely worth getting but the first half is the best

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  • D. Soderstrom
  • 29-10-19

Cannot Recommend. Not Inspiring.

I found the book to be tedious. Barely could finish it. Blog entries mostly about her stress and much crying and a year of many, many bad moods. While living a privileged, secure, life. And the blog comments, where others rally and sing her praises. Came across as almost narcissistic. Ho hum. I hope no one reads it and gets scared away from quitting. I am 3.5 yrs without a drink and it can be done with more calm and with more emotional equilibrium. Her last chapter does focus on the gratitude, self respect and personal satisfaction of an alcohol free life. But it is a long slog to get there.

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  • LMG
  • 21-11-21

nothing particularly illuminating

Pleasant enough book, but doesn’t stand out in the genre of quit-lit. Even without the muddying complications of booze, nothing in the author’s telling of her story is particularly interesting, and I couldn’t make it to the end. To be fair, the grating intonations of the narration may have been a sizable factor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-19

Surprisingly Insightful and Authentic

I wasn't sure at first. This book definitely grew on me and I didn't want it to end. Yet it ended at what seemed the right place. I've read a lot of addiction books and this was unconventional and somewhat refreshing. Funny at times but mostly the strength and insights of Mrs D were what made it a compelling listen.

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  • Gyda LaGrange
  • 09-08-19

Really relatable book for me, a must read!

Every one should read or listen to this, now I must find the blog, LOL

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  • MRSPOLLACK09
  • 24-09-22

Very relatable for Mrs P

I found Mrs D’s inner talk very relatable. All the ups and downs are so real. Very comforting to listen to as I go through my 3rd week of being Alcohol FREE. Makes me even more committed to stay AF the rest of my life. MRS D…. MRS P THANKS YOU FOR PUTTING IT ALL OUT THERE.

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  • Bee
  • 18-02-22

Very important writing

I loved the practical wisdom. I did not like the foul language. I have worked hard to clean up both my use of foul language amongst other bad habits. So while helping me with the one, she was contaminating me… lol. But I will try to say that in spite of the offensive language the book is a must read.

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  • JasonB Texas
  • 15-12-21

Not connected to other alcoholics

She thinks she is in the unusual drinker/alcoholic because she is functional and not in AA. I have been sober for almost 10 years I don’t go to AA but I do have a support group and most of the people in that support group are doctors and lawyers in working professionals whose careers never suffered because they are high functioning alcoholics which most alcoholics I meet are high functioning meaning they continue to do their jobs and handle their responsibilities. She is in touch with her self but not the community of alcoholics she also alludes to drinking at a concert with her future self but never addresses it and continues to portray herself as a person who never had a slip or relapse and based on what she said in a sentence 3/4 of the way through the book she most definitely relapsed at some point.