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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  744 ratings  ·  151 reviews
“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

Dear reader,

My character has been shaped by two opposing forces; the pressure to conform to social norms, and the pressure to be true to myself. To be honest with you, these forces have really torn me apart. They’ve pulled me one way and then the other. At times, they’ve left me questioning my whol
Kindle Edition, 1.0, 172 pages
Published November 23rd 2016
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C. Gonzales
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, literary
Note to self. If I ever start hearing from a voice in my head called "egot" I should probably not listen.

Yew is a very difficult character in many ways. I rarely understood or agreed with him. He was frustrating and hard to relate to.

This novel comes off as less Fiction and more "memoir" or "biography". It is written in the first person narrative.

This novel spans quite a bit of time. You get to watch this character grow and while he does not always grow in a good way, you do see change in him
Melissa Martin-Shaw
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A deeply thought provoking read and under two-hundred pages. The Little Voice is told from the perspective of Yew who recounts his childhood and is questioning the status quo. The narrative is a blend of childlike innocence mixed with a constructive social critique that leaves you reflecting on your own choices.
The story takes us through Yew’s inner struggles with the egot during childhood, his eventual conformity and his ennui as he feels his life following the ‘rules’ has left his empty and un
Pete Richmond
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Little Voice is the story of Yew Shodkin, told in his own words, from his early years as a rebellious child to his current days. Rather than a prosaic retelling of events, it's an exploration of the psyche. Sheldon takes you on a journey through the mind of his character, his desires, his hopes and his dreams.

It's a story of self-discovery and self-reflection, wherein Yew first fights against his true nature before attempting to embrace it.

Sheldon's writing talent is unquestionable and his s
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults interested in: psychology, self discovery, freedom of indivuality and Lao Tzu.
Recommended to Courtney by: Booktasters
"Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?"

A Little Voice by Joss Sheldon is a fast paced, thought provoking and totally absorbing story!

The author tells the story of a man, Yew Shodkin, who looks back on his major life-bullet points and analizes them, after finally embracing his true self. Yew begins his tale at the age of six, which is when he first hears the voice of the "Egot", encouraging him to rebel against social norms and pursue his real desires.

Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book tells the story of a white middle-class male, Yew Shodkin, from childhood to adulthood. It is a riches to rags to riches or coming of age sort of piece, wherein the main character enjoys the freedoms of childhood, but then becomes entrapped and frustrated by feelings of enforced conformity in late childhood and on into adulthood. Yew is stricken by low self-esteem, and consequently makes poor choices as he goes through life, particularly regarding friends and employment; and this event ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
When I started this book I was hoping for something that would open my eyes a little bit and change the way I view things and maybe even the way I think about things, but all it did was make me think the author needs professional help.

He goes through his life story starting when he has a young boy in school talking about how he didn't want to sit still in class and a creature inside of his head told him to misbehave and do things like throw chairs across classrooms and look up girls skirts, and
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
The little voice tells the story of Yewy Shodkin. In order to fit in to the society sometimes he must push aside his conscience and follow the rule. It begins with his childhood that has a creature called Egot. It lived inside of his mind and whispering Yew to do something that Yew really want to do although it’s a bad acts. After the punishment he turns into the obedient character until he grows up and live in a common life. He becomes a good studend and has been good for all the job he is take ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a strange book this turned out to be for me. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began it. I have a tendency to randomly pick books, or select review books, without knowing anything about them, ( or, in some cases, very little). I don't read reviews before I read the books either. I fear spoilers too much. I fear others opinions coloring my reading, especially if I respect their reviews. So I avoid and then let a relationship unfold as I read.
There is so much I learned and reflected upon w
Keep Calm Novel On
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author via Booktasters provided a copy of the eBook in exchange for an honest review.

The Little Voice by Joss Sheldon draws the reader into six-year-old Yew’s world immediately. Yew’s little voice also known as Egot, encourages him to do ‘things’ at home, at school and there are consequences to his actions. This read will challenge the reader to reexamine how one looks at individuals and the world. Yew’s world is filled with challenging obstacles, rules and expectations. He is determined fro
Dani Tadamn
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The Little Voice” by Joss Sheldon, is a surprisingly pleasant book.
At first, the story about a six year old boy who heard a voice inside his head, seems a bit cliché and boring, but just two lines after you find yourself reading it unstoppably and getting absorbed by the book completely.
IT was proven multiple times that a book written from a perspective of a kid has many chances to become a best-seller, like “Killing a mockingbird” was, and “the little voice” has a lot of chance of being a ve
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, it had a lot to say for itself even though it was only a short read. Although at the beginning to me it was a little bit confusing when he was talking about his six year old self in the words of an adult i felt it was a bit jarring, but then i realised that he was looking back at his shelf as a child and so it all fell into place a bit more for me. I liked the message it was conveying in this piece of writing and i don't want to give anything away as this is type of boo ...more
Ashok Sawlani
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
You should read this book. I was identifying myself with the character in the 1st half of the book.
Dominique White
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I was approached by Joss Sheldon to provide a review and I promised him a fair and kind appraisal of his novel. It is not without consideration that I have given The Little Voice a 2 star rating.

**This review contains spoilers **

We meet Yew Shodkin at the age of 6 when he begins to hear a voice in his head inspiring him to carry out random acts of destruction or havoc in his suburban mundane infant world. The voice belongs to a creature he visualizes in his mind and whom he calls th
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review, in no way my opinion about the book was affected by this. I judge the books only not the authors.

This book from the very beginning to the very end felt real. Everything that the author wrote felt relatable and comprehensible. I loved everything about it especially the way it was written and the way it interacts with You the reader and involves you completely into the story.

If you enjoy books that have
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
'The Little Voice' is a novel that roars. If you have lived under the pressure of social norms - and who hasn't? - get ready for some of (or maybe a lot of) your own life snapshotted in this book.
The author's style affects you quickly. Small words, tiny paragraphs, followed by long sentences, big words, plus multiple references to several fields. Without further ado, the reader is promptly transported to the main character's psychological space. Descriptions in syncopated rhythm are used to sho
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
"The Little Voice," not a great title. It didn't really make me want to read it but I got a free copy so I did.

At first I was pleasantly surprised. The creature generating the little voice, called an egot, was interesting although I did find its description to be somewhat nauseating. I wondered if we were looking at the early stages of schizophrenia, which is a topic I have great interest in. The child in whose brain the egot lives, acts out erratically based on suggestions the egot makes. This
Martin Belcher
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
An oddly satisfying short novel which delves into a lot of serious themes: social conditioning, behaving as others think you must when you want to do the opposite, mental health, depression and that little voice in your head…

It’s an easy but thought provoking read, a story of a young man initially led by the little voice in his head that encourages him to do things which are not acceptable and slightly outside the norm. Social conditioning and the pressure to be accepted leads him into abandonin
Ever Leigh
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Something most of us take advantage of is Time. I think that Joss Sheldon has created a novel that really highlights this and shows the that we need to take a deeper look at our priorities. The

I enjoyed the pacing of the novel and the authors use of humor to cut through the amount of intense parts of the story.

Character development was very important in this novel. Yew is a very complex character especially in the most troubling parts of this novel. Joss does a great job of helping us feel li
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A real eye-opener. I had so much in common with the protagonist it was scary... If you're looking for a book to help you understand your place in the world, this is the one. ...more
Ms J Linney
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Yew could be me, or maybe even you? A funny, charming, take of growing up and finding the life that suits is. Read this and maybe discover yourself
Kathryn McCloskey
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's so hard to put into words how much of a connection I had with this book.
I read it in one go and I read it so quickly. Usually I get distracted by other thoughts and I'll end up doing something else. Then I forget I started the book in the first place.
This book had me enthralled. Not because it made me realise anything new but because it put into words how I've always felt about things. Things I've never been able to express because I'm not that good at feelings or expressing myself.
I need
Darcia Helle
The description of this book appealed to me on many levels. I was looking forward to a sort of left-of-center experience, within a relatable story about the struggles of being different in a society that expects you to conform. This book is that kind of story, to some degree, though it's also both more and less than what I expected.

Starting with the good stuff: The story moves at a good pace. The author's writing style is conversational and conspiratorial, bringing us into his world and sharing
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
What a powerful book!

I recived this ebook in exchange for an honest review thank you very much.
So how do I start? It has definitely made and impact in my life. Right now I'm still thinking and wondering about myself and all the choices i should take to be "my true self" and for a book to made me feel like that it's not that easy.

We follow the story of Yew, a man that feels like he doesn't belong to society and it's always looking for his true happiness. The story begins with him as a child who h
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honest, fast paced, hilarious!

This book certainly inspires the egot in everybody's head to make a comeback. Sometimes you just have to find yourself, wherever that may be.

I enjoyed the quick pace the story delivers. Minor critique would be to simplify or merge certain chapters, as some repeat certain things already mentioned.
Rekha Shane
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have just started to dip my toe into the world of self-published writers and have been astounded at the quality of the writing on offer. Sheldon is a prime example. He has written a few other books, but ‘The Little Voice’ seems to be the one that has got him noticed. The book is a no holds barred run through Sheldon’s life and the experiences that have brought him to his current unusual way of life. A lot of the early part of the book focuses on his formative years. Sheldon’s thesis is that so ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Saying that this book is relatable is an understatement.

"Because I didn’t want to be what I ‘might be’. I wanted to be me."

Everyone has experienced the feeling of restriction, by your parents by your teacher,by yourself, by social constructs. Whatever it is, it is almost always based on ideas that you are taught since you are born.

How many people do you know went to university only because their parents wanted them to? Or people who went along with whatever their friends did or said because th
Masha Sibil
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: well-written
A well-written beautiful and heartbreaking story

First, big thank you to the author Joss Sheldon and BookTasters for providing me with a free copy of the book for an honest review.

The story is told from Yew Shodkin's POV. He starts from the point when his young and rebellious mind was molded into submission by parents, teachers and society's norms. Readers go through all his mischiefs and punishments that weaken and eventually kill his "little voice".

When Yew enters adulthood he follows all the
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Little Voice" is a quirky book that kept me engaged and constantly wondering about myself, as I read through the interesting journey of the lead character.

The book explores a life that has been encouraged, pushed and, in some respects, made to conform; but does not allow the individual to truly fulfil their life. This is a story of each of us, and helps us to consider our own lives and what is truly important.

This is summed up best in this quote ‘The snow goose does not need to bathe to mak
Kay Roseberry
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rebellious novel????? Not at all.....more like a personal memoir of seeking the light.

I read this in one afternoon. It captivated me as Joss told his story. We all have our struggles. We have experiences of life at different levels. I plan to share this book with someone who has struggled through abusive relationships. I think this person makes herself a victim. She has not found her true spirit and set herself free. I see in this book things that may help her. I appreciate the author sharing hi
Shayney Hardcastle
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a different kind of read to what I am regularly used to reading. The story of Yew and it coming from his Characters perspective made this story so much more real and drag you into it. The simplicity of how this all worked so well together nd how brilliantly it was written, made this an addictive read. For such a short read of under 200 pages, this book, did so much to incorporate so much into such a short amount of pages. To develop the main character,his story, and to highlight what he ...more
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Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unchained free-thinker, and post-modernist radical. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London's beating heart. Then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a

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