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Summary

'Stone cold sober.' Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Hard, icy. Brrrrr. No bloody ta.

However, as the millions who choose to stay sober now know, the propaganda around drinking and sobriety is wonky. Sober doesn't feel stony, or cold.

Retired wreckhead Catherine Gray, author of surprise best seller The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, is now in her ninth sober year and has learnt a damn sight more.

This hotly anticipated sequel enlists the help of experts and case studies, turning a curious, playful gaze onto provocative questions. Is alcohol a parenting aid? Why are booze and cocaine such a horse and carriage? Once an addict, always an addict? How do you feel safe—from alcohol, others and yourself—in sobriety?

Whether you're a dedicated boozehound, flirting with teetotalling or already sober, this witty, gritty listen may just change how you think about alcohol forever.

©2021 Catherine Gray (P)2021 Octopus Publishing Group

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Feels like a churned out title for revenue

A very boring monologue of how the author went through the motions of being a bit of a drunk and is now writing endless books about it. going to try and claim a refund.

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just brilliant

this book has everything. it was a joy to listen to. thank you Catherine Gray

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Done in two days! Another hit!

Another super book by gray. Helping me on my sober journey. THANK YOU. I hope there will be more to come!

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  • 11-01-22

Brilliant

I love the honesty in this book and the fact it’s read by the author.

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We can live a happy sober life

Life without booze is totally doable. Catherine tells us how she’s thrived in her sober life. Gives me confidence to continue in my sober journey x

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Booooring

Didn’t get past the first chapter. Not engaging. Really not engaging at all.. what a shame.

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I really loved the book.

I really loved the book. I founded a lot of confort in listening with a lot of funny stories and good examples. Easy to listen too, Catherine is a great narator. Excellent book for anyone is intending to start a journey in being sober. 5 stars❤️ Thanks Catherine

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Why not break the chapters up

A 3 5hr chapter. Can the audio book company not help you edit it into chapters.
Really great story still working through it

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love love love

I love Catherine Gray, this book was so relatable and comforting. Emotional, funny, empowering, all in one.

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Another fantastic listen ❤

Thank you Catherine for for more fantastic sober stories of hope, joy and sunshine.
I'm 8 months sober with the help of these books, AA and the rest of the sober community.
These audiables have without a doubt made those times inbetween meetings bearable, those shakey moments, the times I need reminding why I'm doing this. You are my torch in that hole, I'm out now, thank you with all my heart ❤

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  • 29-07-21

Helping me out of relapse...

I stopped drinking for 2 years when I read Catherine's first book and everything was going great. However, when covid hit I felt anxious and homesick as I live in HK and ALL of my family live in the UK. My usual coping mechanisms such as travel and going out for food/exercise were taken away because everyone was told to stay in as much as possible. I also hadn't seen my family for 3 years which led to soo much anxiety and homesickness. So, I ended up finding escapism in alcohol again. I was never under an illusion that I could do it in moderation. I just need something to numb the feeling of being trapped. It's taken me a year to come out of the cycle but I've found my way to sobriety again. Catherine's new book gives me so much hope that I will achieve it for a lifetime. Her approach is very relatable, funny and warm which really resonates with me. I recommend everyone who wishes to cut down or eliminate booze to listen/read this book!

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  • Edmund Stone
  • 22-09-21

Just what was needed

I’m a writer and alcohol has been a problem for me for years. I listened to the first book as well and find even though I’ve had a few relapses since then, it’s never too late to get back into sobriety. I’m shooting for the rest of my life now and plan to stick with it.

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  • April
  • 11-06-21

Loved it!

Love all of her books and usually listen to them at least twice! Love her voice and her lists at the end of each chapter

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  • Blondie Buena Vista
  • 06-02-22

Recommend!

Full of some great info! The narrator is a bit difficult to understand at times, but is pleasant to listen to, so may have to back up and re-listen to a few things. Overall, wonderful, well-written book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-21

Helped me find happiness and peace in my life

Catherine’s first book on sobriety, the unexpected joy of being sober, was a huge part of why I was able to quit slowly killing myself with booze. Her story resonated with me, and showed me there was hope. This book, sunshine warm sober, i just finished reading at my 90 days sober mark, and it just nailed in the coffin why I’m here and where I’m headed. In the sunshine warm direction. Thank you Catherine for changing my life for the best!

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  • kate
  • 06-07-21

So good!

She is an amazing writer and I so related to her book. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Kim
  • 15-09-21

Another great book by Catherine Gray

I really enjoyed this book! I listened to The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober last year and really liked it so I thought I would give this one a try. Her storytelling is captivating and hilarious at times. Started a little slow for me but picked up after a few chapters. Will be listening to more of her books for sure!

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  • Lindsey
  • 12-07-21

Just ok

Personally I didn’t find this as helpful as her first book. Felt like a collection of random thoughts.

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  • Jarrod
  • 09-03-22

A worthy read

Authentic and truly genuine Catherine kindly opens her world of triumphs and failures to make us feel a sense of belonging on this path of sobriety.

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  • Karen
  • 25-02-22

Another Winner for Ms. Gray

As a person who had accumulated 16 years of sobriety (by the year 2013), and then had a relapse which continues to this day, my book shelves are understandably sagging under the weight of the many books by females I have purchased on quitting alcohol. (Because although I attended AA meetings, the book by Caroline Knapp "Drinking, A Love Story" had come out at the time I got sober, and I related so strongly that it became my "big book") Of them all, it is only Catherine Gray who seems real to me, and genuinely interested in helping. I have bought both of her books, and highly recommend them to those wanting to quit alcohol for the first time. I bought her second book on Audible.com. As wonderful a book as it is, however, I had to admit that it unfortunately cannot reach me now, because I am that veteran of quitting who lost her footing, and there is really nothing new for me to learn about the unfettered joy, renewed enthusiasm and energy in getting sober that I didn't experience first-hand in the 16 continuous sober years I enjoyed. What I see nothing being written about is how to regain sobriety after a relapse from lengthy years of being sober. Because I don't believe there is one to be had. I remember being in AA meetings, and a person who had shared many times with joyfulness about being sober, would share the jarring fact that they had relapsed, and my thought was always that "oh, no, you are done for. You will never make it back. You have let your "epiphany" moment go by the wayside." And, today, I know that is me. I decided to do a "search" today for "alcohol relapse books", and guess what? There was not a single one to be found. I know writers need to make a living, etc., but I do feel that many women writers (Ms. Gray the exception!, along with Caroline Knapp) churn out these books, for the money. Because writing about overcoming one's alcohol addiction seems to be so lucrative these days. And these books always start with the abhorrent and aberrant parts of the drinking, which is eye opening and book selling, and end with the "fun part", the beautiful imagery all of us long for in reading a book where it all ends well. "Sober life, perfect life!" The painful parts were the colorful fluff of excitement that the book needed, that turned our heads, etc.. Fun and beauty, with a big dash of craziness, bawdiness, and then sadness, are what sells a book. I guess....