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A Million Little Pieces Audiobook

A Million Little Pieces

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Publisher's Summary

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions. He insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become, which he feels runs counter to his counselor's recipes for recovery. He must fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart. And he must battle the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion.

An uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and reconstructed, and a provocative alternative understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery, A Million Little Pieces marks the debut of a bold and talented literary voice.

*In January 2006, the author and publisher of this title acknowledged that a number of facts had been altered and incidents embellished.

Find out what life is like for James Frey post-rehab; make his second memoir, My Friend Leonard, your next listen.
Or check out more selections from Oprah's Book Club.

©2003 James Frey; (P)2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A Million Little Pieces is this generation's most comprehensive book about addiction: a heartbreaking memoir defined by its youthful tone and poetic honesty." (Bret Easton Ellis)

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    Kelley Burlington, VT, USA 11-09-05
    Kelley Burlington, VT, USA 11-09-05
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    "A Million Little Pieces"

    This audiobook was so well performed by the reader, that I felt as though I were a participant at a play. Incredibly captivating, and heartwrenching story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 10-21-05
    Lisa 10-21-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Need some courage to change your life?"

    James Frey's story is captivating, gripping, heart-wrenching and honest. In a world where people portray themselves as victims, it was inspiring to meet someone who takes responsibility for his own decisions.

    The narration by Oliver Wyman is the BEST that I have ever heard (and I've been listening to audible / recorded books for years).

    I read this book as a "kick-off" to motivate me to stop taking a drug prescribed for traumatic stress syndrome several years ago. It helped alot - so far so good. Thanks for telling us your story, James.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danloveiele Baldwinsville, NY, USA 01-04-08
    Danloveiele Baldwinsville, NY, USA 01-04-08
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    "Breathtaking and unbelieveable..."

    This is a very inspirational story that on several occasions will have taken your breath away. Amazing detail taken with each word spoken by the narrator. This is an unbelievable story with twist and turns that won't let you stop listening.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Falls Church, VA, USA 02-14-06
    Marie Falls Church, VA, USA 02-14-06
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    "Horrible book"

    Juvenile writing style, repetitive, vulgar language and descriptions obviously inserted for their shock value. Unconvincing, flat characters. Certainly can't understand what Oprah and her staff saw in this book, even before it was revealed to be largely fabricated. Moreover, while Frey may have been an addict, the book does a great disservice to the work of AA which has helped untold numbers of addicts to recover.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    I. Nelson Houston, TX 12-30-05
    I. Nelson Houston, TX 12-30-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Well writtne"

    This book is well written and keeps you engaged till the very end. This is not the normal kind of book I read. I selected this book after hearing about it on the Oprah Show and got interested. It is a very moving book about this young man's journey in reclaiming his life. I really admired him and was cheering at the end. This book is very encouraging for all parents who have kids that are doing it "the hard way".

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen FROSTBURG, MD, United States 11-01-05
    Ellen FROSTBURG, MD, United States 11-01-05
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    "you will die of boredom and monotony"

    I started listening to this book on a long trip and continued until the end only because it was the only audible.com selection on my ipod that I hadn't heard yet. I wanted to quit after 10 minutes and that feeling stayed with me through the end of the book.

    If given a choice between listening to this selection again or having a root canal without novocaine on every single tooth, I'd choose the dental work in a second. The combination of the endless repetition, the laconic narration, and the mind-numbing minutiae made me grind my teeth throughout. Stay away from this one!

    10 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Branford, CT, USA 01-01-06
    Walter Branford, CT, USA 01-01-06
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    "Walter"

    This book is an intense moving story,
    you can't put it down.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 10-06-15
    Debbie 10-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for all minds"

    Too much f bombing to get to the multiple personality info I wanted

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 02-16-15
    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 02-16-15
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    "One of the worst books I have chosen"
    Would you try another book from James Frey and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Maybe the narrator... but not James... he beats things into your head.... when its easily understandable ... over over over over


    What could James Frey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Step back .. dont over think it...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I feel he went to deeply and intensely into things that didn't need that level of the dramatics.


    Any additional comments?

    ....just ... no....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 09-01-14
    Eric 09-01-14
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    "very angry guy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not really. he was very anti-AA. if you are new to recovery dont read this book. horrible example of how we gain a new life full of love and serenity.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Frey again?

    no


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

    perfect character voice


    Could you see A Million Little Pieces being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    audio and reader were excelllent. just wasnt pleased with the story

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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