The narrator (the author) is amazing and hilarious, drawing you in with each drawn out breath.
Somewhere between David Sedaris and Jeannette Walls, this book is both funny and shocking and sadly easy to relate to.
Tell us about yourself!
I'm pretty sure I couldn't have less in common with the author and his experiences, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story. I can understand that some readers will be very put off by the descriptive sex scenes that many reviews have referred to. I found them uncomfortable to listen to, but they occupy such a small part of the story and are part of the adolescent introspection that makes the entire book entertainingly reminiscent.
The author tells a great story that I found full of candor, ranging from self-effacing and shameless in its recollection of thoughts many would never share. At times, I laughed out loud and others were uncomfortable, but the point of view for such a formative part of life is universally identifiable to anyone that ever had an awkward moment (or two) in their teens. If you want a high-brow, stuffy recollection of coming of age, beware - this isn't fine literature! It is a memoir written in perspective of the time that it occurred instead of remembrance filtered through the wisdom and experience of adulthood. Consider yourself warned if you are squeamish or easily offended. I thought it was entertaining, open, interesting, and well worth my time. Burroughs is a great storyteller and I will definitely read more of his writing.
I read Dry and liked it. Was looking forward to this but as others have noted, Burroughs' narration comes across as whiny. I found his voice extremely annoying. I still think he's a great story teller, as long as it's written down.
Its not that this book was bad... just different from anything I have ever read. I did laugh a bit, mostly out of horror..wow.. what a life!
When I first read the back of the book at Borders, the story looked morbid and sad. I immediately put it down, even though I knew the book had good buzz. Then I saw the trailer for the movie version that is coming out this October and it looked amazing. Based on the trailer, I bought the audiobook. It is funny, poignant, and with hilarious pop-culture references and self-aware irony. I was listening at the gym and laughed out loud while on the treadmill. I never wanted it to end. Excellent narration by an excellent author. I just bought his next book, "Dry." Enjoy!
This guy has lived a tough existence. It's good in a way to listen and relate to Augusten's experiences; especially about his parents who were volitile and psychotic. I can't wait to listen to the author's next book.
This poignant memoir reminded me of the incredible psychological resilience of children, and the huge variety of human experiences behind seemingly "normal" people.
Somewhat sad and disturbing, "Running..." reassured my that things could always be worse, and even so, we all manage to get through somehow.
I would recommend this for those who enjoy seeing behind the scenes of others' lives, but include a caveat for timid listeners of Burroughs' matter-of-fact descriptions of his experience with child neglect, family mental illness and pre-teen homosexuality.