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Straight Pepper Diet Audiobook

Straight Pepper Diet: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Joseph W. Naus was living the American dream. He'd survived a brutal childhood, graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and become a successful attorney. Then one night his American dream life became a nightmare when his sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded.

"On Tuesday I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six figures. On Wednesday I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed, charged with attempted murder...and then it got worse."

Straight Pepper Diet is a book about surviving one's own wreckage. It's harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and surprisingly hope-filled.

©2015 Joseph W. Naus (P)2016 Joseph W. Naus

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    T Utah 06-29-16
    T Utah 06-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen"

    Booze, sex, addiction and breaking the law. I laughed. I cringed. I was able to think back on stupid things I've done. Nothing to this extent but still pretty stupid stuff. This is a great memoir and I really enjoyed the author narrator. He wrote his story what better person to read it right?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ted 11-05-16
    Ted 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I can't believe he's still alive!"

    If you don't think addiction is a disease then please read this story of tragedy & triumph.

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    Maureen McDaniel 10-17-16
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    "Totally engrossing memoir of addiction"
    What made the experience of listening to Straight Pepper Diet the most enjoyable?

    The straight drive through this turbulent and often terrifying story. Great writing that rings astonishingly of truth.


    What does Joseph W. Naus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Both his legal perspective and his keen notice of detail is very compelling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh, easily.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope he keeps writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 06-23-16
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 06-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Utterly Amazing!"

    I loved it! Surprising, amazing, inspiring, and unbelievable story! A must!! This is fantastic listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 11-05-16
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 11-05-16 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Unique, but twisted, memoir."

    Interesting story of the destabilization of a lawyer due to booze, illicit sex, and smoking. TMI re the author's "member." Just keep in mind that the author is also the narrator; if you lose track of that, you'll probably get quite annoyed. Recommend.

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    J. S. John 10-27-16
    J. S. John 10-27-16

    Enjoy mostly non fiction and the occasional thriller.

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    "Entertaining read but skeptical of the truth"

    No doubt this story is a crazy one but the details he goes into make me question whether it's the truth or simply his fantasy becoming real in his own mind. The details of exactly what people said 10 years ago while under the influence makes me wonder as I know there is no way I could recollect such things. He also describes himself as picking up women constantly, a bad ass in martial arts, and successful attorney from day one. Then downplays it with some self-deprecating story. Totally a "humblebrag" so not a big fan of Joseph the person. Yet the story was a fun (probably not the right word) read even if I thought it contained a lot of fiction. Oh, and the music when he was about to have sex was annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Thompson Washington D.C., USA 10-11-16
    Tiffany Thompson Washington D.C., USA 10-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "and you thought you had problems?"

    read this book. Addiction isn't just a problem of the poor and feeble minded. This book let's it all out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn E. 10-11-16
    Autumn E. 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting, Relevant, and Raw"
    What made the experience of listening to Straight Pepper Diet the most enjoyable?

    Joseph's transformation from degenerate to spiritually enlightened is inspiring. He is so honest, so vulnerable and open to judgment, it's truly admirable. It doesn't matter that he'll disgust you at first because you will be able to empathize with the circumstances that led him to deplorable behavior, and you will be proud of him when he frees himself from it.


    What other book might you compare Straight Pepper Diet to and why?

    I've read other memoirs about addiction and transformation, but nothing like this. SPD made me feel a gamut of positive and negative emotions, which is what books should do.


    What does Joseph W. Naus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having the story read by the author makes him feel very real, like I was one of his friends or exes. It was great to have his voice contribute to the overall picture of the narrator. His honest thoughts in his own voice maintain the story's authenticity and, again, make him real and likable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I expected to hate this book. I bought it because I was married to someone like Joseph and I wanted to understand him better. In the end, I don't know if it helped me with that--my ex may very well be a sociopath and Joseph is not-- but I found value in the story anyway. I would read it again and strongly recommend it if you like memoirs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. 09-30-16
    A. 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Motivational!"

    Absolutely amazing story! Intriguing yet educating and overall uplifting! Makes you reevaluate your life things you may have taken for granted aswell as confronting your own addictions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Delaney Faulk Philadelphia, Pa. 12-02-16
    Delaney Faulk Philadelphia, Pa. 12-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Argh! This guy needed an editor and a reader"
    What would have made Straight Pepper Diet better?

    An editor, he is incredibly repetitive, same sentences over and over. Then he reads his own book and does not know how to pronounce words that he has used.


    Has Straight Pepper Diet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, it has turned me off from straying out of the highly rated, highly reviewed books in legit publications. I think all the reviewers are his friends.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joseph W. Naus’s performances?

    No, he does not know how to pronounce certain words.


    What character would you cut from Straight Pepper Diet?

    The narrator - the only character there is.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have made myself pretty clear, here.

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    "A powerful story"

    From the first minute this story had me hooked. This is an incredible journey of addiction, prison and recovery. Naus is a great narrator. Highly recommend!

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