The lives of three utterly hopeless addicts converge following an accidental and horrific death.
Monty Miller, a self-destructive, co-dependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn't cause.
Dave Bell, a former all-American track star turned washed-up high school volleyball coach, routinely chauffeurs his bus full of teens on a belly full of liquor and head full of crack.
Angie Mallard, a recently divorced housewife with three estranged children, is willing to go to any lengths to restore the family she lost to crystal meth.
All three are court-mandated to a drug and alcohol rehab high in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There, they learn the universal truth among alcoholics and addicts: Though they may all be sick...some are sicker than others.
Based on the author's own personal experience with substance abuse and 12-step programs, Some Are Sicker Than Others transcends the clichés of the typical recovery story by exploring the insidiousness of addiction and the thin, blurred line between true love and co-dependence.
With the harsh realism of Brett Easton Ellis and the dark, confrontational humor of Chuck Palahniuk, Mr. Seaward takes the listener deep inside the psyche of the addict and portrays, in very explicit details, the psychological and physiological effects of withdrawal and the various stages of recovery.
©2012 Andrew Seaward (P)2013 Andrew Seaward
"This is a very dark, harsh, unmerciful look at addiction with unrelenting exposure of its consequences." (Dr. Patricia Laster, psychologist and author of Breaking Free)
I could not finish this book. By Chapter 23, the overabundance of bad similes had reached comedic levels. For the sheer purpose of knowing how it ended, I might have kept going if it weren't for the narrator. I'm trying to figure out if he was going for a William Shatner impersonation, or if he genuinely didn't have the lung capacity to complete a sentence without pausing several times to take a breath. The book was confusing to listen to because of all the artistic pauses....where they didn't....belong. Put the two together and I just couldn't handle another hour.
The narrator, Wehrlen, absolutely ruined the story. The story was already full of awful and unnecessary similes, so the miserable narration only made things worse. Maybe the story could have been bearable if literally any other human on the planet had read it. So, no. I would never try another book Wehrlen has narrated.
I could not tell you what was most disappointing about story itself, because the narration was so bad I couldn't finish it. Similes were egregiously overused, and also poorly written and not useful. That's all I can say for the story.
Wehrlen's narrating was so awful and distracting, I had to stop after a few chapters. His male "country twang" was achieved by just raising the pitch of his voice, and continuing to talk like William Shatner... If Shatner had a massive stroke. Which is also the same technique he used for a female voice. In general, Wehrlen just added random pauses, inflections, and emphasized random words to a point where it was so distracting that you can't even focus on what is actually being said.
I would remove Andrew Wehrlen.
Don't waste your money/credits on this title. At least until someone else narrates it.
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