If you have ever struggled from alcoholism, drug addiction, or possibly hoarding (his apartment) this book hits very close to home. Burroughs does an excellent job of verbalizing some of the worst, most least talked about feelings of someone struggling with dependency. It will take you inside yourself, or, back to where you've been.
He completely lays his soul bare.
He is an excellent narrator. I would not enjoy the book nearly as much if Burroughs hadn't read it. Only he knows his thoughts, feelings and experiences, so, no one else would have been able to express his emotions and relive his experiences.
I remembered bad times, but felt very proud of myself, as should he.
This was a wonderful book, narrated by the author in his droll and compelling performance. The only negative note is that Mr. Burroughs really can't do accents! However, I found his really bad British and low country accents did not take away from the power and charm of the story. His raw honesty about the intimate process of learning how to feel and think sober after years of self-medication is written in the eminently readable style of all of his work. Regardless of the reader's own history with addiction, we can all see ourselves in this great work!
I listened to this book shortly after my first stint in rehab and I can't explain how well I related to the story. It's definitely been one of my favorite books about addiction, rehab and recovery. I really loved it and have listened to it several more times since first downloading it.
Having the author do the narration made this so personal, as if he was sitting across the table. I love to hear people's stories.
It was well edited, did not get bogged down and did not wallow.
Reading this book one month into abstinence was a great experience. Augusten put into words so many emotions I was feeling but could not describe. And very funny too.
I find this to be an interesting story, but Augusten does not give justice to the material with his stilted narration. It would be an excellent audiobook with a professional narrator.
I loved the way that the topic of early sobriety is handled in this book. Augusten's work is honest, humorous and unique. You will definitely laugh out loud if you listen or read this one!!
Extremely well-written, extremely well-read. I really like this author and he reads his own stuff and reads it very well. The writing is wonderful, with many nice turns of phrases. Very observational and original. Manages to take some serious subjects, treat them with respect, but keep it light all at the same time. Very uplifting. The context is less bizarre than "Running WIth Scissors," but if you read the author's background (gay, alcoholic, NYC, ad agency, raised by "Martians" (as far as I can tell), psychotic Mother, etc.) you might get the sense that the book will be a bit too otherworldy to relate to easily, or will somehow seem "icky." "Running with Scissors" may be that a bit, but this one really not. The author is really a psychologically minded, optimistic, everyman, that manages to pour universal humanity into prose that from time to time has a context beyond my experiences. Similar to David Sedaris, with a little less bite, and a little less laugh out-loud, roll on the floor. A warmer style, that is still very, very funny.