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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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    Kathy Quincy, WA, United States 12-18-08
    Kathy Quincy, WA, United States 12-18-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    This books opens your eyes and mind to the life of an alcoholic. Great narration and story. Enjoyable read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ciara Sunnyside, NY, USA 03-12-07
    Ciara Sunnyside, NY, USA 03-12-07
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    "Interesting, but narration is mediocre"

    I find this to be an interesting story, but Augusten does not give justice to the material with his stilted narration. It would be an excellent audiobook with a professional narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Decatur, GA, USA 12-22-05
    Karen Decatur, GA, USA 12-22-05
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    "Fantastic!"

    I loved the way that the topic of early sobriety is handled in this book. Augusten's work is honest, humorous and unique. You will definitely laugh out loud if you listen or read this one!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 09-27-05
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 09-27-05 Member Since 2007
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    "excellent, very funny"

    Extremely well-written, extremely well-read. I really like this author and he reads his own stuff and reads it very well. The writing is wonderful, with many nice turns of phrases. Very observational and original. Manages to take some serious subjects, treat them with respect, but keep it light all at the same time. Very uplifting. The context is less bizarre than "Running WIth Scissors," but if you read the author's background (gay, alcoholic, NYC, ad agency, raised by "Martians" (as far as I can tell), psychotic Mother, etc.) you might get the sense that the book will be a bit too otherworldy to relate to easily, or will somehow seem "icky." "Running with Scissors" may be that a bit, but this one really not. The author is really a psychologically minded, optimistic, everyman, that manages to pour universal humanity into prose that from time to time has a context beyond my experiences. Similar to David Sedaris, with a little less bite, and a little less laugh out-loud, roll on the floor. A warmer style, that is still very, very funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane See Tucson, AZ, USA 02-27-05
    Jane See Tucson, AZ, USA 02-27-05
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    "A wonderful voice"

    Burroughs has a distinct voice and an amazing, harrowing, courageous, funny story to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.M. Smolinsky Wilmington, DE 12-20-04
    J.M. Smolinsky Wilmington, DE 12-20-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Wickedly Funny"

    Equal parts humor and sadness, I was rooting for him even as I was shaking my head at the decisions he made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Van Horn 10-18-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "In love with Augusten!"

    An incredible writer, and great delivery on this book! I listen to it driving, and I almost feel like he's in the passenger seat telling me these outlandish tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Craig OK 01-24-08
    S. Craig OK 01-24-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed it!"

    This book is very different that's for sure, but I really liked it. The author/narrator did a good job narrating.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kyle rome, GA, United States 01-25-13
    kyle rome, GA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Be careful this is more about gay than kicking the"
    What would have made Dry better?

    I couldn't relate


    What about Augusten Burroughs’s performance did you like?

    He is a great narrator and very funny


    Any additional comments?

    I learned that I'm not an alcoholic and defiantly not gay. If your metro this is a great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-20-08
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-20-08 Member Since 2016

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Flawed but amusing - worth the listen"

    This book was flawed in several dimensions but was nevertheless worth the listen. The writing is a bit sophomoric and stilted, and the novel lacks much depth and color, but this is, of course, expected from a memoir of a long term alcoholic/drug addict. Finally, the ending is particularly unsatisfying both in not really resolving the issues and being a bit sappy. Nevertheless, Dry was well worth the listen. The narration by the author is snappy, clear, and focused. There are many amusing incidents, and the story provides an interesting viewpoint from the standpoint of a smart, creative, successful, gay alcoholic. The book flies by entertainingly and I was exposed to a unique perspective. Although there were more clich?s than I prefer, the clich?s and sappiness somehow fit the book pretty well. If you don't expect too much, I think you will find this a pleasant listen.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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