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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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    vicki shaw 11-11-16
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    "clever insight for the loved one of an alcoholic."

    clever insight to the world of an alcoholic..am a loved one of an alcoholic in rehab right now

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 09-06-15
    Leah 09-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Second time...still love it"

    I love the honesty and authenticity of this book. The author tells it as many of us really are. The hard stuff that we're afraid to think and feel-but do anyway because we're human.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

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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.

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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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    Boxy 11-02-17
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    "Loved Augusten before.....really love him now"

    Augusten is hilarious and brings a tough topic to the forefront with humor and grace. I LOVED running with scissors and this book is also amazing.

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    richwire 07-30-17
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    "I don't know why, but I really liked it."

    I'm glad I didn't know much about the book or the author before I started listening, because I probably wouldn't have bought the book in the first place. I can't put my finger on why I liked it - could it have been because it was a glimpse into a lifestyle I can't identify with? Because the writing was so good? Because it made me laugh (and cringe)? Because the narration was fantastic? One thing I know for sure, and that is it's a 5 star listen.

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    Louise McBey Boston, Ma 07-09-17
    Louise McBey Boston, Ma 07-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A warm rendering of the human condition, straight up with olives and a couple of rocks."

    I laughed, I cried. But mostly, I listened.

    Dry Quotes:

    "Part of me believes that love is more valuable when you have to work for it."

    "And in my mind, this settles the issue. I would never drink cologne, and am therefore not an alcoholic."

    "His laugh is made of porch swings and lemonade."

    "I'm lonely. And I'm lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic."

    "...handsome people are always interesting to watch. But a handsome person in crisis is riveting."

    "When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all."

    "Stars should not be seen alone. That's why there are so many. Two people should stand together and look at them. One person alone will surely miss the good ones."

    "Part of me felt deep compassion. And another part felt like, You fucker."

    #Relationships #Alcoholism #Codependency #12Steps #Recovery #Relapse #Recovery #PigHead #Humor #Love #Honesty



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  • Helen
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    2/19/12
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    "Live in the Raw"

    Augusten Burroughs does it again, Dry starts off after Running With Scissors left off but can be listened to as a stand alone volume. I went through a wide range of emotions listening to this one, its both brilliantly written and narrated, laughter, sadness, anticipation, anger, even crying, its so raw that it is shocking in places but when you remember this really is an actual account of one man's double life the way he has to hold down a job, keep up appearances, maintain friendships and basically keep going then on the flip side the addictions, drugs and booze, men, its all there laid out in the rawest language, its amazing. A highly entertaining listen, there were many times throughout this one I didnt want to stop listening its a completely addictive book in itself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Janis
    Ashtead, United Kingdom
    4/28/13
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    "Awesome"

    Augusten sweeps you up and takes you on an amazing, emotional, funny and heart felt journey....it was a privilege to go

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah D.
    6/1/16
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    "Very insightful"

    I loved the way augusten can really make you picture the feelings etc. I downloaded this as I am a recovering alcoholic and I like to have insight, to remind me why I'm sober. The end part especially harrowing, and so so close to the truth!! Well done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
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    10/19/15
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    "Emotional"

    Hooked on this book - a really emotional, poignant and gripping account of his rehab and relationships.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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