©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)
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.
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.
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 focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
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.
This is a very good book, and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it over James Frey's book. (Which just blew up into a big controversy recently, after I'd just happened to listen to both.) I'd say you should read Running with Scissors first, as it's a great book on its own, and an important intro to this one. Magical Thinking is good too, but check out the other two first.
Interesting story of a alcoholic attempting to obtain and maintain sobriety before he is destroyed by his addiction. He makes a point of talking about his gayness and spends a lot of time talking about his sexual experiences and feelings.
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