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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Solitude by Michael Harris, read by Kerry Shale.

Solitude is a rapidly vanishing experience. Our society now embraces sharing like never before: time alone is being forced out of our lives by the constant pings of smartphones and prods of social media. But what if being alone still has something to offer us - something we have forgotten but that we still desperately need?

In Solitude, award-winning author Michael Harris examines why being alone matters now more than ever before. He reflects on the paradoxical feeling of isolation that emerges from being constantly connected - and on how learning the beauty of solitude can help us escape it. After all, it is when we are alone that we realise the greatest truths about ourselves. Being alone - really alone - could be the only antidote to the frenzy of our digital age.

Rich with stories about the transformative power of solitude, and drawing on the research of the world's leading neuroscientists and behavioural psychologists, Solitude offers a timely and profound exploration of how to be alone - and why it matters for us all.

©2017 Michael Harris (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A timely, eloquent provocation to daydream and wander." (Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall)
"I came away from this book a better human being. Michael Harris's take on existence is calm, unique, and makes one's soul feel good." (Douglas Coupland)

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  • 20-08-18

Great text, poor performance

I really wanted to like this book but I couldn't get passed the first fifteen minutes due to the narrator's voice. I know a lot of people like a gravelly tone but this was so crunchy as to be painful for me to listen to. I don't know if it's an affection or just his natural voice but the persistent vocal fry had my toes curling. Next time maybe reach for a cough drop before setting up the mic?

I will buy the physical book instead.

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  • 15-12-17

Off the mark

I found this was a bit off the mark. There was no real story, and it swayed from one side to the other. I don’t know what to take from it.