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A Million Little Pieces Audiobook

A Million Little Pieces

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Polly RICE LAKE, WI, USA 12-19-05
    Polly RICE LAKE, WI, USA 12-19-05
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    "FABULOUS"

    Awesome book and awesome reader. I couldn't stop listening to this one. It was riveting.Do you know someone who has been through rehab or been there yourself? Excellent read.

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    Robert Arlington, TX, USA 12-19-05
    Robert Arlington, TX, USA 12-19-05
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    "OK if you are into drug rehab"

    If you know someone who is addicted to serious drugs or is going through rehab this story my be a positive experience for you. This book was chilling and hard to listen to.

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    Beate Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-16-05
    Beate Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-16-05 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!"

    It's amazing to see all this thru James's eyes. It's like going thru it yourself!

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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 12-04-05
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 12-04-05
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    "TRULY A GOOD READ"

    I read some of the reviews, you can't make everyone happy. But I will tell you this much, James Frey has a lot of guts to put his life and past out there..........I say BRAVO. I loved it!

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    Scott A. Birnbaum Boston, MA, USA 12-02-05
    Scott A. Birnbaum Boston, MA, USA 12-02-05
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    "A Narrator not to miss"

    It took a bit of ltime to figure out what was going on, but just listening to the narrator was a pleasure in itself. I felt that the narrator WAS the main character. He made the book elicit emotions that if spoken differently, would have produced a lesser listen.

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    Mark Fairfield, CT, USA 11-26-05
    Mark Fairfield, CT, USA 11-26-05
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    "Dry drunk"

    A gripping novel. Hardly bulletproof as non fiction. What's the message to addicts and alcoholics? Be like me and use a vulnerable recovering crack whore to unload your troubles? And by the way, do it before she hangs herself.
    He's proof that addiction robs a person of their humanity and that just stopping is nothing to be proud of. The trick is to become human again.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 11-22-05
    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 11-22-05 Member Since 2012

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    "Absolutely mind blowing"

    I could not stop listening to this book.
    It is raw and powerful and, because it's true, it is chilling to think someone actually went thought this and lived to retell it.
    It's not a book for everyone..that's a given, but I found it powerful and written straight from the gut. It left me anxious at every word yet it reached deep into my soul. I'm glad to know Frey has turned the rest of his life into something promising & fulfilling.

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    Linnea Crystal Lake, IL, USA 11-11-05
    Linnea Crystal Lake, IL, USA 11-11-05
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    "A Million Little Pieces"

    Great book!!! I feel as though I lived and felt this book! The author is brutally honest in this memoir. At times, it was difficult to listen to -because of the language and the intense anger that James, the main character, feels. But, it was one of the most memorable books I've read (or listened to) in a long time. The narrator does an outstanding job "portraying" James. I can't wait to listen to the next book by James Frey!

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    Terry Williamsburg, VA, USA 11-09-05
    Terry Williamsburg, VA, USA 11-09-05
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    "Riveting, but not for the squeamish"

    I had a hard time putting this story down. I thought that it was a fascinating. This story is not for you if you are squeamish or offended by explicit language. I have a hard time believing parts of the story (dental work without any local anesthetic). I was hooked by the story and the description of the world that James was living in. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I did like the characters and did want stay with them until the end to see how they made out. Yes, James is contrary, and yes, he does fight against the program he is ostensibly in. No, I do not think many people could get straight and stay straight with their will power alone. I think the statistics on success for drug and alcohol treatment speak for themselves. I do think that there are a few rare individuals that would be able to do it by sure force of will, but they are in the minority. Overall, I highly recommend the book.

    The narrator was excellent and added to the enjoyment of listening to the book.

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    Kelley Burlington, VT, USA 11-09-05
    Kelley Burlington, VT, USA 11-09-05
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    "A Million Little Pieces"

    This audiobook was so well performed by the reader, that I felt as though I were a participant at a play. Incredibly captivating, and heartwrenching story.

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