I thought I'd listen to this but was kind of dreading it. But what a well written and read tale of true life. I wanted to listen because I know I'm drinking more than is good for me and it's hard to moderate, but haven't yet hit bottom or even had glaring problems (not many anyway). I like to listen to these stories as they give me hope that if this person can survive and rebound then I'm ok and not headed for hell. But this was a great life tale in it's own right. I think even people who aren't affected by a substance abuse problem or associated with someone close would still enjoy the story. It's not a crazy story, and it's not written in shocking cliffhangers - but it had me yearning to get in the car and drive just to listen.
And also occasionally quite funny. This is a great memoir as it really chronicles the side of addiction that comes after the party ends. It should be required listening for all teens and 20-somethings.
Great! Entertaining. Insightful. Wonderful narration. Can't wait to listen to more Augusten books. I consumed Scissors via the movie and did not particularly enjoy it. So happy I stumbled across Augusten once more and this time in this much more enjoyable format!
I agree with all of the reviewers before me. Augusten Burroughs has written another, really interesting and intelligent story about his life. It is one of those types of stories that you learn alot from, and are sad when it ends. Can't say that about alot of books. I think the fact that he reads them makes the stories even more personal. I highly recommend "Running With Scissors", this book "Dry", and "Possible Side Effects". If anything you will finish the books and have a slightly altered outlook on existence.
When I read "Running With Scissors", same author, I found myself laughing and then horrified when I kept remembering this was a real story.
With Dry I felt this compassion, as a fellow addict/alcoholic, with Augustens struggles. His honestly is well noted repeatedly.
The toughest part of the book is seeing him know what AA is and where it is and yet there he stands, like a caged animal with the key in his hand suffering and screaming to get out.
I hate for him how much he had to lose while he kept himself there and hope by now he has used that key and is living in the Light.
Burroughs' representation of the AA experience, particularly his depiction of AA meetings is frankly ridiculous. He demeans the program which he credits with saving his life, and is completely disrespectful to the community of recovering alcoholics. If this is truly his perception of the program, it's no wonder he has difficulty living sober. For those familiar with AA, this entire book is essentially a "drunkalogue" interrupted by a hefty serving of abstinence, not sobriety. Rather than a story of a sick and suffering man finding serenity through recovery, this is just the grandiose rambling of an average self-absorbed alcoholic.
Augusten Burroughs reads this as if he isn't the book's author. The performance of dialogue often sounds silly and oddly voiced. His attempt at a southern accent sounds more like a goofy cartoon character.
As a sober member of AA, I am offended by his depiction of the program. The idea that alcoholics are passing stuffed bears around and chanting cutesy rhymes is ridiculous. Also, his assertion that the desire to drink never goes away is in direct opposition to the experience of most sober alcoholics.
What an amazing story! I was particularly happy that Augusten was the narrator, as well. Dark, but funny, heartwarming, relatable, and eloquently written. A good read for anyone, with or without alcohol issues.
Augustin Burroughs delivers the tough truth of life as an advertising hot shot functioning alcoholic in New York City. Many people fall into the trap of believing that they aren't an alcoholic, even when the stack of empty bottles says otherwise. Glad there are people out there with the brass to open up, and share their experience. It gives the affirmation that there are others out there that have and still do struggle with addiction. And it can be beaten with the right knowledge and support.
Augusten Burroughs is such a fabulous writer and story teller. This book was outstanding. I am neither a gay man nor an alcoholic, but I could still relate and enjoyed this book immensely.