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Memoirs Aren't Fairytales Audiobook

Memoirs Aren't Fairytales: A Story of Addiction

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Leaving behind a nightmarish college experience, 19-year-old Nicole and her best friend Eric escape their home of Bangor, Maine to start a new life in Boston. Fragile and scared, Nicole desperately seeks a new beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows - a drug that will make every day a nightmare.

Heroin.

With one taste, the love that once flowed through Nicole's veins turns into cravings. Tracks mark the passing of time, and heroin's grip gets tighter. It holds her hand through deaths and prostitution, but her addiction keeps her in the darkness. When her family tries to strike a match to help light her way, Nicole must choose between a life she can hardly remember, and a love for heroin she'll never forget.

©2016 Marni Mann (P)2016 Marni Mann

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    April 03-29-17
    April 03-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "EXCELLENT!!!!! raw truth. great narrative..."

    loved it! unbelievable what drugs can do to someone.. narrator is the best!!I know each character.

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    Susan Segovia-Munoz Ca. USA 03-29-17
    Susan Segovia-Munoz Ca. USA 03-29-17

    Susan Segovia-Munoz

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    "I can totally relate to this book"

    I bought the book years ago and loved it. it inspired me to write my own and after re-reading the book and listening to it in the audio version I knew I made the right choice. heroin is no joke it is evil and it will take control of you and your life so quickly that you don't even realize it. It is a person's worst nightmare.

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    Johnene Thielen 03-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly awesome"

    Loved it! Great story, riveting. I couldn't put it down. 2 times listening to finish.

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    Leah 03-11-17
    Leah 03-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Memoirs Aren't Fairytales?

    Sadly, I learned what heroin can do to a person. I feel like I'm starting to understand the hold it has. A loved one is in the beginning stages of this book and it terrifies me to know that she may follow the same path.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Memoirs Aren't Fairytales?

    When Eric overdosed. I thought for sure that would be the wake-up call moment.


    What does Arden Hammersmith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion, or lack thereof. The survival from one hit to the next, tone. You can't get that from a book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Michael expressed his tough love. I'm sure it was the hardest ever to have turned around and walked away. And when he appeared like an angel, only to leave as an angel.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to stop listening here and there even though I so badly wanted to hear more. Some parts were so frightening because I was afraid of what might happen next. This is so out of my realm of understanding and my lifestyle that every chapter just shocked me to the core, although I learned so much as my loved one makes the same statements, and has the same skewed view of denial.

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    Barb 02-03-17
    Barb 02-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "can't get enough!"

    I've never used the word "riveting" before but I think this best describes how I feel about this book! I can't stop listening to it. It depicts the very real struggles of being in active addiction. I know all to well as I am 4 years into recovery now. love this book!

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    Rosemary Smith Houston, Texas, USA 01-12-17
    Rosemary Smith Houston, Texas, USA 01-12-17
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    "Hard, honest truth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Memoirs Aren't Fairytales to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth in addiction and recovery. It was blunt, cringe-worthy, stomach-turning at times, but it told a human story without all the fluff.


    Have you listened to any of Arden Hammersmith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved the narrator's performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I felt like I was right there on the journey, the pain, heartbreak, rolling around at bottom and the struggle out into the light. There were no promises made, no fairytales, just a day in the life, and stringing a bunch of those days together.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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    What are you reading? 01-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A trip down the rabbit hole"
    Would you listen to Memoirs Aren't Fairytales again? Why?

    I can't. This story was so gritty and raw. The subject matter is very intense and the author does not sugar coat it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicole because this was her journey.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a scene where they go to a party being held by Eric's boss at a really nice place on the beach. And there are fireworks...


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

    Once you start, what lengths will you go to to cover it up?


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I did enjoy this book it felt real, gritty and honest.

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    MichD 12-26-16
    MichD 12-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow Nicole's Story leaves no choice but to Listen"

    Goodness this book pulled at all my feelings. I found myself angry and hating Nicole so much at moments but I couldn't put her story down to save my own life. A completely ensnaring account of the way drugs consumes someones life. The destruction that followed her downward spiral was really so tragic to listen to. The story was compelling enough to flow from one event to the next and the narration was really good and made for a good listen. This book was given to me in exchange for honest review.

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    Darren 12-06-16
    Darren 12-06-16
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    "Desperate tale of drug addiction"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly; the book was heavy going and hard to get through becasue of the painful subject itis dealing with. It certainly is worth reading simply to learn the terrible lessons of how drugs can reduce a normal lovely person to a shell of themselves in no time at all.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    One couldn't really change anything as it was written in the form of a personal recollection of sorts. The author Marni Mann didn't shy away from anything and brought home the depts addicts go to feed the habit and become blind to all reason and advice from friends or family.


    Which character – as performed by Arden Hammersmith – was your favorite?

    Obviously Nicole as the book is her story. The narrator did a fine job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't think i would... I watched Trainspotting years ago, but that was darkly humourous... this book was anything but that.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good account of the dangers of drug addiction and how it destroys the user and the people who love theaddict too. Very sad.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    Carol N. 11-17-16
    Carol N. 11-17-16 Member Since 2015

    I love storytelling.

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    "An Unforgettable Listening Experience"

    Dear Nicole,

    I don’t know how to begin to thank you for telling your story. It was one of the honest things I have ever read. It was real, ugly and raw. You took me on unforgettable journey. I was able to witness the inside view of addiction. I cried with you. I hurt with you. I wanted to wrap you in my arms and keep you safe. I read every day to check on you, but some days I just couldn’t. I was worried if you were hungry or cold. Did you make it home? Have you been to sleep? I just needed to know you were okay. Your story is painful and gut-wrenching... but I want you to know that I think you are very brave. I think you’re stronger than you realize. It lives deep within your soul. I wish you nothing but the best in life. May all your hopes and dreams come true. I hope to pick up part two "Scars from a Memoir" soon to see how you have progressed in life. I hope that others learn from your experience. If this experience can save one life... then it was all worth telling your story. I’ll think of you often. Make us proud. Make yourself proud.

    All the best,
    Carol

    Extraordinary writing by author Marni Mann. She pulls you in and gives you a front row seat.

    Arden Hammermith was unforgettable in her performance. Her narration is one of the best I've heard this year. She came prepared with each character, accent and emotion. I highly recommend a listen.

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