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Dry Audiobook
Dry
Written by: 
Augusten Burroughs
Narrated by: 
Augusten Burroughs
Dry Audiobook

Dry: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

©2003 Augusten Burroughs; ©2003 by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Max 05-02-15
    Max 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "wow! (so glad I bought it)"

    I thought I'd listen to this but was kind of dreading it. But what a well written and read tale of true life. I wanted to listen because I know I'm drinking more than is good for me and it's hard to moderate, but haven't yet hit bottom or even had glaring problems (not many anyway). I like to listen to these stories as they give me hope that if this person can survive and rebound then I'm ok and not headed for hell. But this was a great life tale in it's own right. I think even people who aren't affected by a substance abuse problem or associated with someone close would still enjoy the story. It's not a crazy story, and it's not written in shocking cliffhangers - but it had me yearning to get in the car and drive just to listen.

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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 05-04-11
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 05-04-11
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    "Fascinating and raw"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eli Jerusalem, Israel 04-17-11
    Eli Jerusalem, Israel 04-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Loving this book - hope it doesn't end"

    Great! Entertaining. Insightful. Wonderful narration. Can't wait to listen to more Augusten books. I consumed Scissors via the movie and did not particularly enjoy it. So happy I stumbled across Augusten once more and this time in this much more enjoyable format!

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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-27-06
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-27-06 Member Since 2014
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    "I agree, it is a really great book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neill North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-18-10
    Neill North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-18-10
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    "Awesome perspective"

    Spouse of a 120 day recovered alcoholic, this book helped me try and understand. Couldn't put it down. Very humorous in parts.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 05-13-09
    Wendy 05-13-09
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    "Dry does say it all"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shrimpy 01-25-07
    Shrimpy 01-25-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Go for it..."

    This is a great book...no need to hesitate on this purchase. And thankfully it's not as graphic as his last....

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    Sadie 05-01-16
    Sadie 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books I have ever read"

    Augusten Burroughs is such a fabulous writer and story teller. This book was outstanding. I am neither a gay man nor an alcoholic, but I could still relate and enjoyed this book immensely.

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    Karen W.B. 04-09-16
    Karen W.B. 04-09-16 Member Since 2016

    Christian, middle-school teacher, horse lover and rider, grandmother, love America, hate getting old, pretty good cook.

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    "Can AB write about anything else?"
    What disappointed you about Dry?

    I didn't know I was going to have to hear the excruciating details of molestation.


    What was most disappointing about Augusten Burroughs’s story?

    Maybe he can find something else to write about, but I'm guessing his horrendous upbringing is it.


    Which character – as performed by Augusten Burroughs – was your favorite?

    None


    What character would you cut from Dry?

    All


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    Debby ganzkow 01-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Dryness of narrator voice detracts from story"

    This topic is of particular interest to me. Unless a reader is interested in addiction and relapse, this is a pretty depressing true story. The narrator's voice was a bit too nasal and grated
    on my ears but overall a realistic story as to alcohol and crack addiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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