Can't really judge story because I stopped listening pretty early. I considered buying the book because the topic was interesting.
I don't think the narrator was a professional - son of the author? He wasn't horrible but kind of flat compared to the really good readers.
Disappointment but may still get the book because content seemed interesting.
K. L. Jackson
If you are only going to listen to one audiobook on addiction, this is the one I would recommend. The scientific information on the addictive process and brain chemistry is accurate, up-to-date, and explained in a very clear manner without being "dumbed-down." The author, a physician who works with addicts, alternates between stories of the individuals with whom he works and the brain science information, in a way that enhances the educational aspect of the book. The narrator, the author's son, has a pleasant voice that is easy to listen to. I found myself wanting to listen to this one hour after another, which I wouldn't have expected from a book dealing with such an intense subject. I will probably purchase the print version so that I can refer to the information about the brain science, but I'm glad I listened to it first, because I was able to absorb the information in an entertaining manner. I would recommend this book to anyone, even those who think they already know a lot about the subject. There's a lot of misinformation out there about this subject, and this author really knows his stuff.
It was dry and long-winded. No real plot development, just stories about various downtown eastside drug addicts and Dr. Gabor's experiences with them. It was informative and I enjoy the premise but it was just too dry for me.
Fewer stories and follow them for a longer period of time. There weren't many happy endings or redemption, just short unhappy lives of relapsing addicts over and over.
The narrator was fine.
I love that it's true! The fact that there are people in this world that could sit in cushy offices making lots of money give that up to work with vulnerable populations is inspiring.
I have wanted to read this book for years now. I attempted to read this 2 years ago and could not get past 100 pages. The content, while incredibly honest, was too raw for me.
I recently attempted to listen to it on audio, but again, am finding it too much. Depressing, dry and again, raw. I work in addictions so I think that this book is just too much of the same stuff I deal with in my everyday life. Not for me, but maybe for someone who is unfamiliar with addiction, specializes in addiction, or studying addiction.
...looking for something better than what I am reading. I keep waiting for the end of the little stories and anecdotes and for the book to get to the real stuff, to start demonstrating some enlightening realizations about addiction, why it starts, where, how, etc. But the book never launches, seems stuck in some endless loop of drunk stories. One of the worst purchases I've ever made on audible.