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.
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"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)
Augusten Burroughs interpretations of his life experience in his other works are mostly wonderful experiences for a reader. I understand the challenges and emotional trauma he suffered but through the offsetting and compelling lens of irony and humor. This book is completely different. It is very dark throughout. The audio enhancements add to its somber tone; the voice Mr. Burroughs uses throughout is like the voice of the narrator of a schlock horror story. I guess he had a need for his readers to understand that his life was not very funny. This audiobook was somewhat interesting but I cannot say that I liked it.
Yes if he reurns to his "normal" voice.
all of them
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!
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.
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.
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.
A stunning story of the survival of one little boys heart!
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.
It's right in the middle. I like Burroughs and his work in general
The story was shocking and sad. But it gives great insight to the author, his writing and his style of humor.
I have listened to almost all of his books
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.
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.
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.
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.
As usual, his writing is very entertaining & interesting. I've read almost all of his books & really enjoy his style.
I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.
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.
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