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Drinking Audiobook

Drinking: A Love Story

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor", a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.
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Publisher's Summary

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor", a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.

©1996 Caroline Knapp (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Jamie 04-25-15
    Jamie 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sober"

    As a former heavy drinker and now sober for 2 years I was able to relate to not all but some of her story. Some of my questions were answered and my feelings made sense. I had moments when I would nod my head in agreement and sometimes I could say, not me. Overall it helped in some parts of my life that I wasn't alone in the journey of being and staying sober.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ELISE 05-17-15
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    "A Must Listen to for Women in Recovery"

    Excellent book! Found lots of similarities in our stories! It's a great read for women in recovery. Great narrator, will definitely listen to again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    james Hamm 11-23-14
    james Hamm 11-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drinking to be better than the print version?

    I've read a few memoirs on alcoholism and this is truly the best I've encountered. Knapp's words ring so true, in such a poignant and eloquent way. I'd highly recommend this audio book not only for its touching content but also for its moving narration.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    P. Meier Peru, IL United States 11-03-15
    P. Meier Peru, IL United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic book"

    What an incredible story. I don't think I've ever read so honest a book. I feel I've peered right into the authors soul. I highly recommend this book if you have ever struggled with alcohol related issues

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    H. Ricks Colorado 07-20-15
    H. Ricks Colorado 07-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Candidly Heartbreaking"
    What did you love best about Drinking?

    This candid story doesn't hold back. The author details the deepest and darkest moments of her very difficult journey, and how she overcame it all.


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    kate Dullea 06-17-15
    kate Dullea 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    I loved it and couldn't wait to continue the story. Intimate and revealing a gifted story teller.

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    "Honest and beautiful."

    You need to read this book. It is an honest and beautiful account of a very difficult struggle with a destructive addiction. Caroline Knapp allows you to be inside her mind and her soul as she openly shares her darkest truth bringing you along her painful but ultimately inspiring journey. The talent who read this book did a phenomenal job.

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    Laura P 04-25-15
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    "Rare candid memoir"

    Her style is phenomenally candid and Knapp doesn't shy away from the raw vulnerability required to recount a life so hostilely taken over by alcohol and the redemption that sobriety ultimately gave.

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    Kindle Customer 11-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very unsympathetic and more pathetic main character."

    This spoiled author comes from much privilege and has pretty severe daddy issues because professor daddy didn't pay enough attention. She carries on with affairs and lives a madmen style life. She seems to crave sympathy and attention(especially when sober) she lacked early in life.

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    11/3/14
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    "Not what I had expected"
    What did you like best about Drinking? What did you like least?

    I bought this on the back of other self help audio books (Craig Beck). I was hoping that this would be similar. It wasn't. My fault for not doing my research. Whilst I could empathise with the author's experiences, I feel the story could have ben told in half the time. I found a lot of it repetitive.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Empathy with the author's experiences.... very repetitive


    Did Gabra Zackman do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Not really.


    Was Drinking worth the listening time?

    No, it was too long


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a listen as a story but not self help.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. A. Kennedy
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    6/22/13
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    "Amazing narration and very conversational story"
    What made the experience of listening to Drinking the most enjoyable?

    The narrator of this book is excellent.It is not author of the book but sounds like she is. I feel like this woman is sitting next to me telling her story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drinking?

    there are many...Just the honesty and accuracy of the unfolding life and the analysis of those small subtle moments in her life that stayed with her.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to this lady until now but you can be very sure I will look for other books she has narrated. A real natural. Probably the best I have heard.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I see it now...


    Any additional comments?

    Great Storyteller, both the author and the narrator. Probably the only audio book that has had my attention the entire time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    11/9/15
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    "Enjoyed this more than I thought i would"
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    I really enjoyed this book and sometimes forgot it was a true memoir. I constantly wanted to know what happened next. I Was saddened to learn after reading this book that she died at only 42 from Lung Cancer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • john
    5/3/15
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    "good listen"

    well worth reading or listening to as it shows how drinking over time can control and dictate your life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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