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A Wolf at the Table Audiobook

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

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Publisher's Summary

Millions of listeners have been flat-out astonished, profoundly moved, and massively entertained by the writing of Augusten Burroughs. Now, with A Wolf at the Table - his first full-length memoir in five years - Augusten returns to his literary roots as one of the most famous memoirists of our time, yet he makes a quantum leap forward into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son.

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.

Featuring exclusive, all new original songs by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson, and Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

Listen to Running with Scissors.

©2008 Island Road, LLC (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"There are books that were born for bells and whistles, and Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table is one....This fifth memoir of abuse and excess is read, bleated, rumbled and, at times, tearfully shouted by the author himself. The audio book...breaks new ground by presenting four songs written expressly for the production." (The Washington Post)
"Intense, sincere, and passionate, Burroughs offers a deeply felt, intimate portrait of the most disastrous period in his life. He holds nothing back, and in fully giving voice to his emotions, he makes each moment immediate for the listener." (AudioFile)

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    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 06-10-14
    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 06-10-14

    I am an avid reader and love audio books. I do not watch TV. I also love to do puzzles. Combine the two and I am in Heaven!!! Peace out!

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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everybody and will. The fact that this is a true story just makes it even more heartbreaking and in the end a testament to what a human soul can endure and still come out a shining star.


    What other book might you compare A Wolf at the Table to and why?

    Anne Rice's "Called out of Darkness - A Spiritual Confession". Although I read that book and the emotion shines it is not the same as hearing the author speak the words and know exactly how he must have felt during his childhood. I just wanted to give him a hug so many times throughout the book.


    What does Augusten Burroughs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So much more than I can say. You can feel in your heart what he felt and I cried for him. Yet he has made so much out of the ashes his father left of his heart.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A stunning story of the survival of one little boys heart!


    Any additional comments?

    After reading "Running with Scissors" I was expecting something so different than what I got from this book. But I was not disappointed in the least. Buy this audio book and experience a story that will raise your heart and bring you to the realization that some parents should not be allowed to exist. I wanted the Wolf to die as much as Augusten did when he handed his brother the gun and shouted "KILL HIM!" over and over and I was shouting with him. He did survive his father but I still think there is a hole in his heart that will never be mended. And he deserved so much more because he gave love so freely without ever getting any back. To his fathers dying day he loved him with all his heart and it was his father that missed out on this unconditional love and his loss that he never returned the love of a little boy who loved him so much it will make your heart ache.

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    Sarah Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-12
    Sarah Chicago, IL, United States 07-09-12
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    "odd narration..."
    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.

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    Sarah Belleville, IL, USA 07-22-10
    Sarah Belleville, IL, USA 07-22-10
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    "Not what i expected but worth my money."

    This is extremely different than Burroughs other books-It's not comedic, its more drama. Its extremely heart felt. It really feels like he pours his heart out in this book. Also listen to the whole thing, after he plays a song at the end he has an outro that explains why the songs are there, and it may have you listen to the songs differently than you had at first. If you're looking for a comedy, this is not it. Very well written, at time i was unsure of weather I liked the audio and how it was read at time, but over all it grew on me and I enjoyed it very much. I definately reccomend this.

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    Jen corrales, NM, USA 10-15-08
    Jen corrales, NM, USA 10-15-08
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    "Wolf at the table"

    I have read Dry and Running with... I just could get past the 2nd chapter. Too dark for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rw Milford, NJ, USA 07-20-08
    Rw Milford, NJ, USA 07-20-08
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    "is this a children's book?"

    I've listened to all his other books and enjoyed them, he reads this one as if to 5 year olds, not just slow, which it is, but with a funny rising emphasis at the end of each sentence. It is very annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Laguna Hills, CA, USA 07-16-08
    Brian Laguna Hills, CA, USA 07-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Stick to writing and stop narrating"

    Like all of Augusten Burroughs's other writings, this one is good, if a little on the dark side (a little to the darker, sadder side than even Running With Scissors).

    This one is narrated by the author, and while he sounds fine, he... reads... so... slowly. It made me wish for a button on my iPod that would speed things up just a bit. Could have been a single file download instead of two if he'd just read at a bit faster clip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    520 8698064 tucson 06-06-08
    520 8698064 tucson 06-06-08
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    "terrible"

    wolf at the table sounds false. not funny.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 05-31-08
    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 05-31-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!!"

    As usual, his writing is very entertaining & interesting. I've read almost all of his books & really enjoy his style.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 05-22-08
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 05-22-08 Member Since 2008

    I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.

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    "Move to Another Table"

    Augustin Burroughs' account of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his father is heart wrenching: No child should have to live with an ogre. The listener, however, should not have to listen to Burroughs' highly emotive narration that got in the way of the story. The first two hours were uninteresting because Burroughs was too young to remember much and what he did remember wasn't a bit fascinating. There is no let up in intensity; it's a straight line of horror without any relief.
    The two stars are for the attempt at including four songs, only one of which was listenable.
    Read "Running With Scissors" to get a feel for how good Burroughs can be.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Riverman63 Riverside CA 05-21-08
    Riverman63 Riverside CA 05-21-08 Member Since 2008

    Drudge

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    "Zzzzzz"

    Reading the phone book would be more stimulating. Get over yourself Augusten. This book may be a better Read than a Listen. I gave it almost 2 hours and could not stand another minute.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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