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Dry Audiobook

Dry: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

©2003 Augusten Burroughs; ©2003 by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Burroughs remains ebulliently glib when it's useful, as befits his advertising skills....[He] remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity." (The New York Times)
"Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs' story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out...this memoir operates on a high level of involvement and suspense." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] wrenching, edifying journey...with the added benefit of being really entertaining." (The New York Times Book Reviews)
"Harrowing yet hilarious personal encounter....His performance blends self-deprecating black humor with wise-cracking confidence. His natural wit and charm keep the listener rooting for his success." (AudioFile)

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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 05-04-11
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 05-04-11
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    "Fascinating and raw"

    And also occasionally quite funny. This is a great memoir as it really chronicles the side of addiction that comes after the party ends. It should be required listening for all teens and 20-somethings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eli Jerusalem, Israel 04-17-11
    Eli Jerusalem, Israel 04-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Loving this book - hope it doesn't end"

    Great! Entertaining. Insightful. Wonderful narration. Can't wait to listen to more Augusten books. I consumed Scissors via the movie and did not particularly enjoy it. So happy I stumbled across Augusten once more and this time in this much more enjoyable format!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-27-06
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-27-06 Member Since 2014
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    "I agree, it is a really great book"

    I agree with all of the reviewers before me. Augusten Burroughs has written another, really interesting and intelligent story about his life. It is one of those types of stories that you learn alot from, and are sad when it ends. Can't say that about alot of books. I think the fact that he reads them makes the stories even more personal. I highly recommend "Running With Scissors", this book "Dry", and "Possible Side Effects". If anything you will finish the books and have a slightly altered outlook on existence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 05-13-09
    Wendy 05-13-09
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    "Dry does say it all"

    When I read "Running With Scissors", same author, I found myself laughing and then horrified when I kept remembering this was a real story.

    With Dry I felt this compassion, as a fellow addict/alcoholic, with Augustens struggles. His honestly is well noted repeatedly.

    The toughest part of the book is seeing him know what AA is and where it is and yet there he stands, like a caged animal with the key in his hand suffering and screaming to get out.

    I hate for him how much he had to lose while he kept himself there and hope by now he has used that key and is living in the Light.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shrimpy 01-25-07
    Shrimpy 01-25-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Go for it..."

    This is a great book...no need to hesitate on this purchase. And thankfully it's not as graphic as his last....

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    05-05-17
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    "good for your health"

    Augusten Burroughs wrote a fantastic story. his sarcasm and wit enters the memoir at all of the right parts, keeping you from crying at times. he describes his inner conflict and the struggles of being sober so well, it's uncanny to how I felt going through similarly rough times. it took about a half an hour to get used to his voice, the narration was almost shocking at first in comparison to the traditional soothing voice of audio book narrators, but after that half hour it made the memoir feel more real and genuine. fantastic!

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    M. Gordon Phoenix, AZ 04-19-17
    M. Gordon Phoenix, AZ 04-19-17

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    "Wow. What a life"

    Great presentation. Remarkable story that shows how to appreciate life. The author actually makes you feel like you you are in the story with him.

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    megan 02-24-17
    megan 02-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting"

    Maybe I had higher expectations for this book. It's was interesting. Good enough to buy.

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    Jean 11-30-16
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    "Great story!"

    Loved this story. Listened to it straight through to the end. I highly recommend it

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    Lorraine Palmer 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Witty, heartburning, and very real."

    Amazing story. The dry humor was wonderful, and I am guessing insightful to someone on the road to dry. Great character development of main character from selfish prick to human.

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