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.
©2003 James Frey; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
"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)
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.
perfect character voice
audio and reader were excelllent. just wasnt pleased with the story
Start to finish this book is about self-loathing. If you read it, prepare to get depressed yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.