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Publisher's Summary

Bedtime stories are narrated by the world’s most celebrated voices and written with no beginning, middle, or end so you don’t stay up to hear what happens next. They're interesting enough to give your mind something to focus on, but delivered in a way that encourages sleep.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. When you add Bedtime Stories from Audible Sleep to your library, you'll receive all previous episodes and will continue to receive new ones as they're released.

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it's so boring, I couldn't even sleep

I can understand that it may be a good idea to make a bed time story book boring, to help you sleep. This book passes that, it's so boring that you can't even sleep. hearing someone describe triangles and the baseball scores in a dull monotonous voice is kind of like being back in the most boring class at high school, except somehow more annoying.
at best, you can use it as white noise in the background on a speaker turned down low, if you listen to it on headphones (as I usually do) it's difficult to sleep. the voices are quite soothing, and depending upon your tolerance for baseball and math, it might just be enough to bore you to sleep, quite literally.

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Interesting listen.

Nice mix of celebrity narrators. Also found the storyline kind of apt for some casual listening when going to sleep.

note - keep the volume low

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Let down by the VO

these are supposed to be soothing, calming stories that can help you fall asleep but the voice over makes you feel rushed, monotonous. honestly didn't go beyond a couple of stories and just felt not worth spending time listening to them.

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  • Heather
  • 18-06-20

Not what I was expecting

The Audible blurb describes these as stories with no beginning, middle or end. I couldn’t understand this concept so downloaded them out of curiosity. In fact they are not stories so much as short lectures or chats, on topics ranging from the mundane (quilt-collecting, cooking and baseball) to the esoteric (philosophy and mathematics).

The blurb also says that these ‘stories’ are ‘narrated by the world’s most celebrated voices’, so I was expecting to hear from familiar actors, presenters or voice artists. This can be really helpful as a familiar voice is more soothing when you’re trying to get to sleep. However, so far the only reader familiar to me has been Tony Shalhoub. He does have a great voice and I was asleep before he got halfway through his talk on the history of maths!

So although these stories are not what I was expecting, I think most listeners will find something here to interest them and to help them sleep. And they’re free, so what have you got to lose?

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  • pattyb
  • 09-07-20

Amazing!

I have struggled with sleep for many, many months, and have tried all manner of things both medical and physical.
I was a bit sceptical but I am very pleased to say this works. Not only do I fall asleep but I sleep for much longer, only waking once during the night.
Is this hypnosis?

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  • Jojoshopper
  • 22-06-20

Just as I'd hoped

Exactly the right mix, distracts the mind just enough to relax without getting caught up

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-20

Wouldn’t have believed it

Wouldn’t have believed it, had I not tried it... can’t say they are the most riveting stories but then that is the point, they are not meant to be...voices and tone perfect, must have been so difficult, to maintain but all the story tellers managed to...they may not work for everyone but worth a try.....
Great idea, definitely recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-20

Fantastic

The pumpkin stew is my absolute favourite! I wish their was a whole collection like pumpkin stew.. dedicated to cookery.. Talking you through recipes, the smells, the preparation, even the little splashes of sauce! Genuis

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  • #earlyeditor🤓📚
  • 06-08-20

it works.

The idea is to drone you to sleep with boredom-
whilst maybe learning some small useless facts

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  • Mrs. J. R. Neeld
  • 12-08-20

kept awake

I should have known better unfortunatelygive me a crime thriller I really want to hear, I relax and sleep within minutes. these boring stories however keep me wide awake. dont know why that would be maybe boring does not relax me

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  • Claire New
  • 27-07-20

The best sleep.

This is the best sleep story I've found. Relaxing voice tone, not a topic I'm into, interesting but not too interesting which is what you want when trying to sleep. I slept so well. I woke once and even though the story had ended o could here the voice in my head and I dropped off again.

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  • Boxiana
  • 16-08-20

Soothing and perfect

These stories are a brilliant way of beating insomnia.
I would fully recommend this to anyone who wants to get to sleep
❤️😴

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  • Sabilus
  • 14-08-20

Simply awesome

I especially like the mathematics and the Escoffier ones, I nodd off almost at once. My only problem is that the sleep mode function doesn't seem to be working properly for me - especially if I set the timer. I fell asleep to the Escoffier one (I think I might be able to make proper broth now) and a friend told me that despite the timer it had continued to the Pumpkin stew one. Apperantly it made her even more hungry after a night out...

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  • Marilyn Evans
  • 23-04-21

Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone .. for goodness sake don't give up your day job ..

Have you heard of a book called a dictionary ?
Do you even know what help a dictionary can provide ?

You haven't even bothered to:
- look up the pronounciation of words .. particularly thr French ones ..
Asparagus au Gratin .. you read this as "Asparagus are grattarn" with the emphasis in the wrong place too !
Sauté .. as sortay
Seive .. as seev
Gratin .. as grutaan
Flan .. as both florn and flaarn
process .. as prőcess
Intersticese .. well you completely mangled that one as .. inter tis is .. took me 30 secs to comprehend that one
Aubergine fritte .. as orbagine fritz ...... and so many many more
.. Oh .. P L E A S E ! Show some respect .. do your homemork & prepare.
- rehearse by pre-reading .. you're not even familiar with some of the words and english phrases eg 'the while'
- have someone else comment upon your reading & give feedback before recording

Why do you drop consonants at the end of words ? particularly those ending in G and T .. eg whiting, clarifying, seasoning, cooking .. they have Gs at the end .. its not COOCKEEN .. WHITE-EEN - .. etc.

Punctuation is provided to enable the correct, meaningful reading of a sentence .. clearly you haven't discovered this .. too often your pauses cause the sentence to be meaningless.

All of these disturb the listener .. BADLY
I certainly didn't fall asleep .. I was made angry by the dissonance you created & having to stay alert to make sense of what you were saying .. poor Escoffier must be turning in his grave with embarassment.

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  • John Sturmey
  • 22-09-20

wonderful

I loved ❤️ it so much. it relaxed 😌 me so fast it wasn't long before I drifted off to sleep 🌙

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  • Debra
  • 19-11-20

loved this

I loved this story, it was very relaxing and helped me clear my mind. the story tellers voice is very soothing.

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  • Mapu
  • 24-07-21

Not heard a complete story yet

I'm a terrible sleeper but I have been listening to these for several months, and I've yet to hear the end of any of them. I'm asleep long before they finished. The stories are just barely interesting enough that my mind follows along, shutting out the internal monologue of my day and they are full of relaxing soporific phrases and imagery... somewhere along the line I fall asleep every time.

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  • Deborah Phillips
  • 08-01-21

Best sleep story ever.....well if you like baseball anyway!

Nick reads this so well. I actually was hoping he had done other books but he hasn’t.

Read so well and actually really interesting but puts me and my son to sleep every night!

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  • Toni Laws
  • 12-08-21

no idea what these are about

I've been listening to these for a few months now and have no idea what any of them are really about or how they end.
Listening to a soothing voice and a story just interesting enough to stop me from becoming bored, relaxes my busy brain and helps me fall asleep in minutes.

I highly recommend them, and being an Aussie -- I LOVE CURTIS STONE!! (and his AUSTRALIAN -- not French -- accent!)

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  • Susan Broad
  • 15-06-21

Great

Easy listening to fall asleep. Good voice to listen to not aggregating. Fell asleep easily so can’t tell you about the story but that’s the purpose of these books - happy sleeping

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  • Michael Jones
  • 03-05-21

When Boredom is the Goal

I’d like to say that I listened intently to two stories so far, but despite being interested in the topics, I have no idea how they finished..

Excellent !

Given that the sleep stories are about 30 minutes long give or take a few minutes, they must be as effective as meditation in quietening the mind.

This is high praise indeed.

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  • Claire McDonald
  • 04-09-21

A godsend for insomniacs

My only complaint is I wish there were more of these stories. Favourites are quilt collecting and micromegas. Asleep within 10 minutes.

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  • Cas
  • 28-08-22

Wow

This was an amazing read read. What started out as a fake engagement turned into real love. A few hiccups along the way, but love won the day. Though for me a little to extended with their feelings. But then both had been hurt before so working through the emotions might have taken this long. Absolutely loved the story.
Narration was awesome.