©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 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.
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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