©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)
While the subject matter is rich in potential, Burroughs thoroughly fails to deliver. Listening to his memoir reminded me of reading students' (high school students, no less) personal essays - earnest, heartfelt, but embarrassingly tortured and cliched. The author's memoir amounts to no more than glorified adolescent navel gazing - which one can get plenty of by simply switching on MTV, or basking in the dreck that is "Dawson's Creek" or "The OC" or "One Tree Hill" or any number of other interchangeable teen shows on the WB. (What is disturbing is that Burroughs must have written this book in his late 20s, so why does it come so close to the writings of a 15 year old?)
More important than saving your money, save your time. If you purchase this audiobook and sit through the whole thing, you will have lost a precious lot of time (8hrs 30mins) that you will never, ever get back, and your life will have been poorer for it.
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