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Self-Tanner for the Soul

How I Ran Away to Europe and Found My Inner Glow (When Life Got Dark)
Narrated by: Cat Marnell
Length: 6 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from Self-Tanner for the Soul

Day 3, June 15, 2017: Ericeira, Portugal
  • Day 3, June 15, 2017: Ericeira, Portugal
"You wouldn’t believe where I am right now. It’s so dope."
Day 7, June 19, 2017: Berlin, Germany
  • Day 7, June 19, 2017: Berlin, Germany
"But it’s completely over. I could never go back to him."
Day 117, Oct. 6, 2017: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Day 117, Oct. 6, 2017: Reykjavík, Iceland
"Running away to Europe changed me."

  • Day 3, June 15, 2017: Ericeira, Portugal
  • "You wouldn’t believe where I am right now. It’s so dope."
  • Day 7, June 19, 2017: Berlin, Germany
  • "But it’s completely over. I could never go back to him."
  • Day 117, Oct. 6, 2017: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • "Running away to Europe changed me."

"Phenomenally energetic, thoroughly unique POV on travel, isolation, and finding yourself. Don’t skip this one, you’ll regret it."

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About the Creator and Performer

Cat Marnell is a writer and former beauty editor at Lucky magazine. She was a founding editor and beauty director of xoJane.com and wrote the "Amphetamine Logic" column for Vice. Her debut memoir How to Murder Your Life (2017, Simon & Schuster) was an instant New York Times bestseller. Previously a longtime New Yorker, she is now a citizen of the world. Self-Tanner for the Soul: How I Ran Away to Europe and Found My Inner Glow (When Life Got Dark) is her first Audible Original.

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honest, real and entertaining

loved listening to cat marnells journey throughout Europe. makes me want to plan a trip! the honesty and vulnerability was admirable.

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Sparkly, delicious travel story

I really hope there is a sequel! It is an easy-listening, fantastic adventure. Cat managed to perfectly strike a balance between edgy, dirty and glamorous. I didn't think anything could top "How to Murder Your Life". Quintessential Travel Porn. Prepare to enjoy a very colorful ride. Highly recommend!

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She did it again!

Loved this- really inspired me to start taking adventure by myself. Keep the stories coming, Cat!

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Utterly Delightful

Self-Tanner for the Soul is pixie sticks for your ears - a rollercoaster ride through europe with Sammy the suitcase, a Eurorail pass, and NYC’s favorite former drug addict / beauty editor. Phenomenally energetic, thoroughly unique POV on travel, isolation, and finding yourself. Don’t skip this one, you’ll regret it.

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  • CC
  • 10-24-19

Substance free and self indulgent

There is no “inner glow” radiating from this story. Unless the inner glow she found was from raising her ego by listening to her read her own journal entires out loud.

This book actually made me sad. Marnell starts off reading it like a girl at my high school cafeteria table who is sharing super juicy gossip about on the nuns.
Her tone slows down slightly into a self absorbed “I can’t believe how funny and beautiful I think I am and everything is lovely and you are so very lucky I am even telling you these things”

What I learned, wigs are heavy. Addiction still keeps her going with amphetamines and booze. We don’t know why she is carrying so many wigs because she doesn’t feel like talking about it. Her hardest days were when she got into the water to float and her things got wet, when she packed her Adderall in check-on luggage and had mild withdrawal that she did not fully explain, and when she realized she was out of money, but lols, that fix is just a call away to her mom and manager because she has money floating around that she doesn’t know about because her book was an international success.
Het aloof demeanor left me sad. The woman is not in a good space and it seems under contract for this book. She phoned it in, there was no realness or raw honesty as in her previous book. This is a waste of $20 for what is nothing more than verbal Instagram.

Oh, and for those of you who are down or sad, or lives are falling apart travel! And those of you who cannot afford traveling the world for months, Marnell’s narrow minded and self indulgent advice is to simply work out and get your mind off things.

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It was fun... for a while.

I basically get a huge kick out of Cat Marnell and truly enjoyed her first book. This one -- which I would recommend to die-hard Cat Marnell fans only -- started out as an entertaining romp but got a little tiresome about halfway through. By the end of the book I was rolling my eyes and was wondering how/why she was even getting paid for this dialed-in, repetitive, diary-format narrative. She checks into a new city, goes out on a "wizard walk," gets loaded on wine, and misses her flights and buses -- lather, rinse, repeat. It becomes less and less "dope" and more and more.... well, dopey. If the nonstop wacky antics of a precocious teenager in her late 30s is your thing, you'll like this, but it gets seriously old seriously quickly, dude.

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Just No

Sorry this is terrible, slow, monotonous and a huge disappointment to me personally. That said her first book was a true work of Art. So obviously she is a major talent. This one she phoned in.

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So obsessed with Cat Marnell

When I heard that Cat’s newest “book” was only available in audio form, I was a little annoyed. But there is literally no other way to tell this story! Cat reading her journal entries is absolutely perfect. She is so fascinating, charming, and brilliant-I felt like I was listening to a friend tell me about her adventures. I cannot wait to see or hear what she does next.

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The world’s only 13-year-old 35-year-old

I kind of liked How to Murder Your life for the shock factor but this is (don’t ask me how) even more insufferable and self-indulgent and even less interesting than the first one. Skip it. There’s no growth, surprises or anything actually juicy left from this grownup adolescent.

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A great listen!

Cat’s writing is...fun. It’s real and fun, and listening to her narrate makes it even better! Cat has a great speaking voice is easy to listen to. I loved the diary format of this book. Even when Cat’s stories are dark or she is describing a time when she was really low, she is somehow able to keep a sense of humor about life. She is able to keep it light without totally glossing over the bad stuff. I highly recommend this as well as her memoir, How to Murder Your Life.

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  • L M McIndoe
  • 10-21-19

I don’t really know what the point of this was

I really loved her first book and read it multiple times in quick succession. This was just...a ramble that didn’t go anywhere, didn’t draw any conclusions and didn’t really tell us anything about her life. It was mainly - I’m in this country, I’m tired, I missed a flight. Not really sure I understand why this was a project. Looking forward to her next book which might make more sense

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-19

A let down

I really liked the first book - how to murder your life - but unfortunately this one didn’t resonate well with me. I was expecting some pretty interesting travel tales but most of it was very very dull. I’m glad Cat got her life together but I personally have more exciting travel stories I could share haha. Wouldn’t recommend unless perhaps you’ve never been abroad at all.

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  • Katie
  • 10-27-19

Only slightly less bonkers than her first book

If, like me, you loved How to Murder Your Life, you'll also race through this travel diary, which sees crazy Cat and her pillowcase full of wigs storming through Europe in search of twinkly lights, white wine and castles. It will make you equally excited and terrified about the prospect of travelling alone as a woman.

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  • Ms Woogle Beninguez
  • 10-26-19

Oooft

I liked cat’s last book, although do remember a sense of guilt in devouring it. A ticket to the car crash. I think I’ve changed: I found this audible original bratty, wearisome, utterly egocentric... and cloyingly insightless. Cat has no idea of the privilege she is swathed in. She doesn’t appear to have grown, matured, or developed in terms of writing style. I’m afraid I lost interest a little way in.

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  • shiv
  • 10-24-19

Good to hear Cats voice again!


It is good to hear Cats voice again! Its great to see that she is so much better!

This isn't a self help book or a travel guide. This more of a Wizard trying to remember how to be a Wizard! Lessons for all of us

Found the book to be quite sad, Cat seems so lonely at times. Don't let that put you off though! She is learning how to live with herself again! No real joy without sacrifice, and she is totally grateful for being alive and on this trip!

Highly recommend if you loved how to murder your life! You will defo enjoy hearing about Cat's adventure through Europe!

Wish there was more! Can't wait for her next book! Filled with joy knowing she's doing better in life!

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  • A. Schmitt Mendes
  • 10-23-19

Excellent!

She does it again, such an interesting interesting and intelligent way to write about your life. Literally finished in one day. So funny

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-22-19

Made me cry (in a good way)

Incredibly vivid descriptions and intimate tone from someone (you think) you know. Cat’s unique perspective and impressions of the places she visits combined with what I already knew about her from previous publications (especially her book) creates a very special blend of melancholy and optimism. I appreciated the slightly camp tone of voice with which she read. All in all very much recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-19

10 outta 10!

From one beauty editor to another - this was total self tanner for the soul!!!! Brilliant x