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Tweak Audiobook

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.
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Publisher's Summary

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Julie 01-18-16
    Julie 01-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Real and raw"

    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.

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    Mary Ellen Stokes 11-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible editing"

    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.

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    jamie MORRISVILLE, NC, United States 11-29-15
    jamie MORRISVILLE, NC, United States 11-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tweak"

    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!!!!

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    Mary 08-22-15
    Mary 08-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too long"
    What made the experience of listening to Tweak the most enjoyable?

    The beginning of the book when he was going through his addiction.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nic Sheff? Why or why not?

    Too slow of a read. Could not really get into this book


    What aspect of Paul Michael Garcia’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Prob not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rene 08-19-15
    Rene 08-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good healing"

    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.

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    rob1345 01-13-15
    rob1345 01-13-15
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    "Great Read"

    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.

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    Max 12-07-12
    Max 12-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent narrative"

    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.

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    Kathryn Bakken 04-28-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Far Inferior to Beautiful Boy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nic Sheff again?

    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.


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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 05-29-08
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 05-29-08 Member Since 2014

    glam

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    "Tedious Drunkalogue"

    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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    Kelster076 05-10-08
    Kelster076 05-10-08
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    "Honest"

    I listened to Beautiful Boy first and it was interesting to have perspective from the addict as well as the person the addict's behavior impacted.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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