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!
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!!