Okay, so I knew about the controversy surrounding this book when I decided to download and listen. I wasn't too bothered that it was embellished and parts had been fabricated. Anyone who knows an addict should fully expect this.
But, I thought with all the fanfare and rave reviews that this might be worthwhile for an addict such as myself. Maybe I would learn something more, or see something a different way, or at least see myself.
What I got from this was something totally unrelatable to my own experience, not helpful, and even dangerous in its advocacy to do it your own way.
Anyone who has ever been in 12 step knows that working your own program is going to lead to relapse. The type of addict Frey purports to be (and I'm not sure he even is) doesn't just will himself to stop. He even starts the book saying how he had never been able to do it on his own before. Suddenly he can. How? He "decides" to. Addicts I know who are recovering have completely surrendered and are willing to try anything, they don't thumb their nose at everything offered.
Finally, I don't know how anyone ever believed that anything in this book could possibly be true. In particular, addicts should be able to smell this one coming from a mile away. If you want facts and something that works, pick up a blue book.
I agree with a previous review. This is fiction, and not even good fiction.
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Just kind of bland and boring. No real emotional involement in any of the characters lives... more like an outsider hitting the highlights of a families life.
I really don't get all the "best of Koontz" reviews. This was an obviously thrown together, by the numbers Koontz book. Boy/Girl are thrown together by some monster/mad scientist/ supernatural entity, etc... Boy/Girl have long sarcastic conversations filled with inane humor at the same time the evil beings are chasing them. There is never any real shock at the circumstance, more of a easy acceptance. Boy/Girl fall in love within a few hours. Boy/Girl immediately accept the new powers they acquire and can use them superbly to conquer their enemy. Boy/Girl ride off into sunset to live happily ever after... blah blah blah!
Koontz has a real talent for filling his books with overblown analysis of an emotion or action. A simple kiss can turn into 30-minutes of dribble about all the meaning behind it. Ultimately, there is little actual action and too much filler.
Worst narrator EVER! His voice made this novel much more painful than it had to be. Why he is even a narrator is beyond me.
Not all Koontz books are this painful, though they all follow the same by the numbers approach. Personally, I think Odd Thomas is probably the best of Koontz. Download that, but skip this.
I am as upset that this book had to end as I was when the Kite Runner ended. I get so involved in the lives of these people that I can actually see the streets of Kabul and feel the underlying emotions of the characters. I can almost believe that these are real people. It's true that this is a very sad book in a lot of ways, but you don't have to look very hard to find underlying themes of joy, love, perseverance, and hope. But, the sadness, loss and oppression are a very real part of the story for the Afghan people. As to the reader of this book... 5-stars. Wow.
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