©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)
I listened to this book shortly after my first stint in rehab and I can't explain how well I related to the story. It's definitely been one of my favorite books about addiction, rehab and recovery. I really loved it and have listened to it several more times since first downloading it.
Having the author do the narration made this so personal, as if he was sitting across the table. I love to hear people's stories.
It was well edited, did not get bogged down and did not wallow.
Reading this book one month into abstinence was a great experience. Augusten put into words so many emotions I was feeling but could not describe. And very funny too.
Spouse of a 120 day recovered alcoholic, this book helped me try and understand. Couldn't put it down. Very humorous in parts.
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.
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!!
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.
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