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  • Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Clegg
    • Narrated By Bill Clegg
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The goal is 90. Just 90 clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With 73 days in rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including the seemingly unshakably sober Asa and Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse. At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses for the first time with only three days left.

    Dawn E. Sanders says: "Overall a Good Addiction Memoir"
    "A very relatable story"
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    What did you love best about Ninety Days?

    This is a very relatable story without exaggerations or glamourizations. It shows the mental suffering an addict/alcoholic lives with daily, how consuming addiction is, without being overly dramatic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bill Clegg?

    Yes, I would listen to another book by Bill Clegg


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not all in one sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

    James Gordon says: "Embarrassingly Bad"
    "odd narration..."
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Wolf at the Table rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right in the middle. I like Burroughs and his work in general


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was shocking and sad. But it gives great insight to the author, his writing and his style of humor.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Augusten Burroughs’s performances?

    I have listened to almost all of his books


    Any additional comments?

    What I didn't like about the book was the tone the author used to read throughout the story. It was odd coming from an author who seems so at ease and casual in other readings. His voice, the speed, the tone did nothing to enhance the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (198)

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"
    "Touching"
    Overall

    Excellent book for both addicts/alcoholics and for the parents/family/friends/spouses who love them. I found myself aching for both the author and his son throughout the entire book and tears came to my eyes more often than I'd like to admit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blame: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michelle Huneven
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late 20s, has a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak. She wakes up in jail after an epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what'd I do?" she asks her lawyer and jailers. In fact, two Jehovah's Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy's driveway, and Patsy will spend the rest of her life trying to atone. She goes to prison, gets sober, and upon her release finds a new community (and a husband) in AA.

    Rex says: "Amazing character study!"
    "Excellent read"
    Overall

    Though slow in several parts of the book, the overall story is excellent. It certainly helps the reader realize how quickly life can change and how scary blackout drinking can become. I liked it a lot and recommend it, especially to those readers who are in or seeking recovery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dry: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. When Augusten is forced to examine himself, he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power

    Heidi says: "Sobriety with a sense of style...."
    "Fantastic isn't the word"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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