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A Wolf at the Table Audiobook

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

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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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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    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 2015
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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

    Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.

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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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    William Lafayette, CA, USA 05-15-08
    William Lafayette, CA, USA 05-15-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Time to move on..."


    It's been a week since I listened to Augusten Burroughs' A Wolf at the Table and the first word that still comes to mind is: painful. I have read and enjoyed all of Burroughs other books, each modulating the sadness with his good humor and slick writing style. But this book is painful in every aspect: The story, the writing, the narration and the production. The essence of this story is so horribly sad and, as the father of a 2 year old boy, pretty sickening. Other than to shed his own hurt and pain, I have no idea why he thought this book needed writing. The narration is glacial and self important, the "atmospherics" are distracting and the music is, well, horrible. The whole production is utterly self-indulgent in absolutely every way. Mr. Burroughs is an excellent writer who can be so thoughtful while telling a difficult story in a light and funny style. I think he needs to say goodbye to his family and move on to other, less destructive topics.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Orlando, FL, USA 06-09-08
    Todd Orlando, FL, USA 06-09-08
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    "Pass On This One"

    I have read all of Augusten's previous books and enjoyed them pretty much throughout, but I just can't get into this one at all. I'm sure the experiences he describes must have been difficult for him, but I couldn't bring myself to care enough to keep going. Totally failed to capture my interest.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Beardsley LA 06-05-08
    J. Beardsley LA 06-05-08 Member Since 2007

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    "A Wolf at the Table"

    For any child who has been at the mercy of dysfunctional crazy parents, this book will resonate.
    Couldn't put it down.

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    Vernette T. Tatum 06-04-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Dreadful Narration"

    It's almost impossible to tell if the story is compelling or even remotely interesting when the narration is this bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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