I always love when authors narrate their own novels. Augusten sounds exactly as I thought he would and hearing this novel in his own portrayal was perfect. I've read the novel before, but have since had personal experience with someone who has a substance abuse problem, and it really hit home for me. Definitely a do-over. Thank you for your work Augusten.
Drama, Love and Sadness
I liked Foster best I think :)
No specific scene in particular.
The hospital visits
I liked he honesty and guts that Augusten took to write this about himself. I think it could hit home with millions of people.
Augusten of course it takes in my opinion a lot to let the world know all about yourself. Some good and usually, mostly bad.
It would have to be Hayden, he reminds me of a friend. I did like Pighead but felt his character wasn't given enough explanation.
Most definitely and did!
My favorite reads are always memoirs, I love the way people have what it takes to put it all out there for everyone to see good and bad. And most memoirs usually have more bad than good.
I liked the insight to the recovery process. I didn't like the romance side of the story.
Say something about yourself!
I love that the book is read by the author. It gives it a really personal touch.
There is so much that is good about this book but I don't want to spoil any of it for people who haven't listened or read it. If you haven't experienced it, please do. Its a great listen. Its a page turner. I didn't want it to end.
Its a very dark story of his struggle with alcoholism. Whilst its a good story I did not find this funny or humorous at all. If you are looking for humor then this is not your book.
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!