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