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Publisher's Summary

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions. He insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become, which he feels runs counter to his counselor's recipes for recovery. He must fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart. And he must battle the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion.

An uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and reconstructed, and a provocative alternative understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery, A Million Little Pieces marks the debut of a bold and talented literary voice.

*In January 2006, the author and publisher of this title acknowledged that a number of facts had been altered and incidents embellished.

Find out what life is like for James Frey post-rehab; make his second memoir, My Friend Leonard, your next listen.
Or check out more selections from Oprah's Book Club.

©2003 James Frey; (P)2003 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"A Million Little Pieces is this generation's most comprehensive book about addiction: a heartbreaking memoir defined by its youthful tone and poetic honesty." (Bret Easton Ellis)

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Enjoyable

Excellent narration!!!!!!! Good writing, very detailed, which allowed you to be transported to the writer's environment. Alot of refrain use, which was at times annoying but the narrator compensated for that.

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  • Nevada
  • Alexandria, VA, United States
  • 04-14-12

AWESOME STORY*AWESOME PERFORMANCE*AWESOME OVERALL

This is a must read/listen. The author wrote very vividly, the narrator made you feel every emotion, loved, loved loved it. I actually listen to this on a road trip.......what road trip, I dont remember driving, it was that good. Try it! BTW: Its another book, that plucks a few characters from this one, Im going to check to make sure its the same narrator and try it as well.

Please write reviews, I use them as book selections. I look at people who read books I like and look through there reads to find good stuff. Thanks.

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  • Heather
  • Irasburg, VT, United States
  • 03-20-12

Excellent!

What did you love best about A Million Little Pieces?

This was a great story. I thought the narrator did a great job and i still have certain words he spoke in my mind even after one year. I often found myself sitting in my car with the engine on just to hear the end of the chapter.

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Excellent!

What did you love best about A Million Little Pieces?

This was a great story. I thought the narrator did a great job and i still have certain words he spoke in my mind even after one year. I often found myself sitting in my car with the engine on just to hear the end of the chapter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awful, self-pitying

The first time through, it was on disk and I took it out and threw it in the back seat of the car. Gave it a second chance - Oprah said...- still sucked. The tone is angry and exposes a nasty man with an addiction. The man is the problem in this case, not the addiction.

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  • Beth
  • Arvada, CO, United States
  • 08-05-10

Painful

I couldn't get through the whole thing. It was that bad. The part about the no anesthesia made me more than cringe, it sickened me. I couldn't believe the plane ride either. I can believe hating your parents that much but for them to be so clueless...really? Ugh read the cliff notes if there is one and do not waste your credit.

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  • Robin
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • 02-06-07

Frey is a

James Frey wants the world to feel sorry for him. He wants to be the hero that overcame a vicious addiction. Sorry. I ain't buying it!
I tryed to listen to this book from both the perspective that it was mostly fiction as well as autobiographical. Either way, it is a whiny, snivelling, repetitive book.
As an autobiography, it is not a believable storyline. Having had experiences with AA, detox, and rehab myself I can call BS on Mr. Frey. It simply doesn't work the way he says it does.
If it was written as fiction, it has poorly developed and unbelievable characters. And as fiction, too many of the events are too over the top to believe.
FINALLY, in his own "ripped from the headlines" twist, Frey has to throw in a jab at the Catholic church (no, I am not a Catholic) by bringing a perverted priest into the story at the end. This, along with the other lies in the book, were just too much to take.
After finishing the book, I read "The Smoking Gun" report that checked the veracity of the story. Now that I know just how LITTLE of this book is fact, and how MUCH is fiction, I like the book even less.
ON A GOOD NOTE, AND WHY I GAVE IT TWO STARS INSTEAD OF ONLY ONE...the reading is fantastic! I truly think I liked this a lot more hearing it than if I had read it.
Peraps Frey could next time write about his privleged upbringing, his normal high school years (yes, he was just a normal high school kid), his fraternity days, and his fooling of the American public. Now that would be an autobiography...but I guess it wouldn't sell well enough!

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  • Laura
  • Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-06-07

A Million Little Peices

It was OK. I am not sure of why there was so much hype over it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Decent - with it had been unabridged

I generally only get unabridged books, but I had been wanting to read this one and it never appeared unabridged so I got it. The abridging was done pretty well, although everything in the story seems to happen sooner than you would expect. All in all it was fine - his story is kind of amazing, although the storytelling style wasn't my favorite. Note to parents and others sensitive to iffy language - there is a lot of cursing and several parts of this book had me turning down the volume so people on the train next to me couldn't hear the sexual references.

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Horrible

This book was excrutiating to listen too!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful