In writing that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself.
You can also hear Nic's father's perspective in his memoir: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction.
©2007 Nic Sheff; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were." (Publishers Weekly)
"Garcia delivers a strong and commanding reading that perfectly expresses the rawness of Sheff's most personal recollections….Endlessly memorable." (AudioFile)
If it had been written by his father, David Sheff, but that would be impossible. His father's version of the same events from his perspective is so far superior to this effort that you can only be let down when you hear this 'fill in the blanks' version.
I was intrigued to listen to this because David Sheff's heart felt book, Beautiful Boy, was basically a mystery at it's heart. Learning what happened during Nic's absences and how it all began first hand was a big draw. Too bad it turned out to be a non-mystery and he really wasn't doing much at all besides living a cliche.
Unless he has matured and has developed some self awareness, it's doubtful. I was hoping for some insight but didn't really get any.
I found this complementary memoir to "Beautiful Boy" to be devoid of any insight, character development or nuanced emotion. It is simply a repetitious recounting of long sequences about either 1) the effects of doing drugs, or 2) the logistics of looking for drugs.
I am surprised, as this writer is self-described as quite accomplished in other areas of his life, and still, throughout this memoir, finds getting high his top priority.
I was hoping some of the narrative gifts and perceptive acumen of his father might have been included in this writer's DNA, but evidently not.
– with out even realizing it I downloaded dads beautiful boy as well! Definitely not as well written as dad but it’s always to hear both perspectives. I’m not sure he gets the entirety of his actions even now. I have no idea why he titled it tweak? Certainly I think he seeks like a true addict who doesn’t take responsibility for the huge pain he inflicted and continues to inflict. So I suppose if you are looking for learning how insular a drug addict can be then this is a good perspective of how satin affects everyone and the perpetrator still thinks the world revolves around them, and it’s all about me. May be this ‘y’ generation has been acting out in the drug world far longer than we knew it.
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