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A Million Little Pieces | [James Frey]

A Million Little Pieces

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.
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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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    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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    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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    Linda Amherst, MA, United States 11-23-12
    Linda Amherst, MA, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Depressing"
    What would have made A Million Little Pieces better?

    Start to finish this book is about self-loathing. If you read it, prepare to get depressed yourself.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah Irvington, KY, United States 10-08-12
    Jeremiah Irvington, KY, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Annoying."
    What disappointed you about A Million Little Pieces?

    The constant over dramatization of was really hard to make it through. I know I'll keep repeating a word, that clearly makes it more dramatic. It might have been okay once(probably not), but he does it over and over.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Portland, OR, USA 10-22-09
    Benjamin Portland, OR, USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Impossible to stop listening"

    Flew through this book faster than any other. The story is incredibly gripping but very intense. You don't be in cheerfuly spirits after listening. However, this may be one of the single best audio performances I've ever heard. The narrator is FANTASTIC.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Louisville, KY, USA 07-23-06
    Robert Louisville, KY, USA 07-23-06
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    "Despite the controversy..."

    I dislike works of fiction and would not have purchased this had I known this was primarily fiction but enjoyed the book anyway. The events in this book are not far-fetched to anyone who has survived addiction. Though this title has been battered by every media outlet it still has some merit.

    The narrration is very good and the story is gritty.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie des moines, WA, USA 01-09-06
    Connie des moines, WA, USA 01-09-06 Member Since 2012
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    "A Million Little Pieces"

    I think Oprah made to big of deal with this, or lived a sheltered life. People with street knowledge don't waste your time with this book, you heard and seen things, that would make this book read like Mary Had A Little Lamb.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn Allegan, MI, United States 12-27-05
    Cathryn Allegan, MI, United States 12-27-05
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    An unbelievable story of James, a drug addict who finally seeks treatment. His unconventional writing style, using the word "speaks", as in "James speaks" every time someone says something is a little irritating, but not enough to take away from the story. Yes, there's a lot of cussing, but consider those in the story. It only adds to the realism. I could not stop listening to this book- to find out how it ended. I won't give it away. It's worth every minute.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Denver,CO USA 12-20-05
    Amazon Customer Denver,CO USA 12-20-05 Member Since 2010

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    "Deep!"

    This book was really eye opening for me. I kept expecting things that never happened. It was surreal in some ways, very real in others. If there is anyone in your life with any drug, anger, etc.. issues, this book will open your eyes to parts of their life. Don't expect rosey though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Baltimore, MD, USA 12-13-05
    Molly Baltimore, MD, USA 12-13-05
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    "Oscar-worthy Narrator"

    I guess it all depends on what style of writing you prefer--some of the other reviewers seemed to object to the redundancy of the author's narration but I found that it enhanced his story and really put me into his state of mind.

    As much as I enjoyed the text, the narrator really made this 'listen' come to life. Somehow he was able to capture exactly what the author seemed to be feeling and he did an amazing job. Highly recommended for avid memoir readers.

    PS: I normally won't touch abridged formats but this one was seamless.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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