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)
The memoir reads out like a long and endless thought, I felt as though I was looking through his eyes as he depicted the various stages of relapse and recovery. It weighed on me heavily as I listened, as if it were me experiencing it all. The accounts of emotional honesty are as real as it gets, don't go looking nice for fiction work, the unbelievable stuff is right here.
The reader has clearly edited lines stuck into the story that sound nothing like the original recording. It becomes so obvious and frequent that it's laughable.
This is one of the best books I have ever listened to on audible!!! The narrator reads magnificent. The story line is great!! Well written!!!!
The beginning of the book when he was going through his addiction.
Too slow of a read. Could not really get into this book
This book is so honestly written. The pain, dread, injury inside & out. As a mother I appreciate the knowledge shared in this book. Although I have never been substance addicted, I had many of these same crushing thoughts. I was a great & practiced victim and could not see past myself. It was beautiful how Nic was able to grow with the help of so many caring people. So much wisdom & very happy that it was shared. Thank you for this wonderful book.
A harrowing story of a young man's struggle to recover from addiction. Being a young author there is some perspective and maturity that has surely developed in years since. Recent interviews have been indicative of these changes. I look forward to reading more by Nic and his father.
Nic Sheff tells his story with compelling narrative. I'm not an addict (not meth anyway) and I don't have kids on meth, but I really enjoyed listening to this story.
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.
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