©2003 Augusten Burroughs; ©2003 by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Mr. Burroughs remains ebulliently glib when it's useful, as befits his advertising skills....[He] remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity." (The New York Times)
"Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs' story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out...this memoir operates on a high level of involvement and suspense." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] wrenching, edifying journey...with the added benefit of being really entertaining." (The New York Times Book Reviews)
"Harrowing yet hilarious personal encounter....His performance blends self-deprecating black humor with wise-cracking confidence. His natural wit and charm keep the listener rooting for his success." (AudioFile)
And also occasionally quite funny. This is a great memoir as it really chronicles the side of addiction that comes after the party ends. It should be required listening for all teens and 20-somethings.
I agree with all of the reviewers before me. Augusten Burroughs has written another, really interesting and intelligent story about his life. It is one of those types of stories that you learn alot from, and are sad when it ends. Can't say that about alot of books. I think the fact that he reads them makes the stories even more personal. I highly recommend "Running With Scissors", this book "Dry", and "Possible Side Effects". If anything you will finish the books and have a slightly altered outlook on existence.
Spouse of a 120 day recovered alcoholic, this book helped me try and understand. Couldn't put it down. Very humorous in parts.
When I read "Running With Scissors", same author, I found myself laughing and then horrified when I kept remembering this was a real story.
With Dry I felt this compassion, as a fellow addict/alcoholic, with Augustens struggles. His honestly is well noted repeatedly.
The toughest part of the book is seeing him know what AA is and where it is and yet there he stands, like a caged animal with the key in his hand suffering and screaming to get out.
I hate for him how much he had to lose while he kept himself there and hope by now he has used that key and is living in the Light.
I liked he honesty and guts that Augusten took to write this about himself. I think it could hit home with millions of people.
Augusten of course it takes in my opinion a lot to let the world know all about yourself. Some good and usually, mostly bad.
It would have to be Hayden, he reminds me of a friend. I did like Pighead but felt his character wasn't given enough explanation.
Most definitely and did!
My favorite reads are always memoirs, I love the way people have what it takes to put it all out there for everyone to see good and bad. And most memoirs usually have more bad than good.
I couldn't relate
He is a great narrator and very funny
I learned that I'm not an alcoholic and defiantly not gay. If your metro this is a great book.
I liked the insight to the recovery process. I didn't like the romance side of the story.
Special education teacher in the Bronx
I love that the book is read by the author. It gives it a really personal touch.
There is so much that is good about this book but I don't want to spoil any of it for people who haven't listened or read it. If you haven't experienced it, please do. Its a great listen. Its a page turner. I didn't want it to end.
Its a very dark story of his struggle with alcoholism. Whilst its a good story I did not find this funny or humorous at all. If you are looking for humor then this is not your book.
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