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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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    Sharon Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-10-11
    Sharon Pittsburgh, PA, United States 12-10-11
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    "Great book. I Love Augusten Burroughs!!!!"

    This was a wonderful book, narrated by the author in his droll and compelling performance. The only negative note is that Mr. Burroughs really can't do accents! However, I found his really bad British and low country accents did not take away from the power and charm of the story. His raw honesty about the intimate process of learning how to feel and think sober after years of self-medication is written in the eminently readable style of all of his work. Regardless of the reader's own history with addiction, we can all see ourselves in this great work!

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    Sarah Chicago, IL, United States 06-13-11
    Sarah Chicago, IL, United States 06-13-11
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    "Fantastic isn't the word"

    I listened to this book shortly after my first stint in rehab and I can't explain how well I related to the story. It's definitely been one of my favorite books about addiction, rehab and recovery. I really loved it and have listened to it several more times since first downloading it.

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    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 05-18-11
    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 05-18-11 Member Since 2017
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    "a good listen"

    Having the author do the narration made this so personal, as if he was sitting across the table. I love to hear people's stories.
    It was well edited, did not get bogged down and did not wallow.

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    Amanda Sydney NSW, Australia 04-28-11
    Amanda Sydney NSW, Australia 04-28-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Thanks Augusten"

    Reading this book one month into abstinence was a great experience. Augusten put into words so many emotions I was feeling but could not describe. And very funny too.

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    Mary Ryan 02-08-11
    Mary Ryan 02-08-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    I listened to this somewhat reluctantly, but LOVED it. He is hilarious and poignant, and the whole book is incredibly touching.

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    Neill North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-18-10
    Neill North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-18-10
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    "Awesome perspective"

    Spouse of a 120 day recovered alcoholic, this book helped me try and understand. Couldn't put it down. Very humorous in parts.

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    Kathy Quincy, WA, United States 12-18-08
    Kathy Quincy, WA, United States 12-18-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    This books opens your eyes and mind to the life of an alcoholic. Great narration and story. Enjoyable read.

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    Ciara Sunnyside, NY, USA 03-12-07
    Ciara Sunnyside, NY, USA 03-12-07
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    "Interesting, but narration is mediocre"

    I find this to be an interesting story, but Augusten does not give justice to the material with his stilted narration. It would be an excellent audiobook with a professional narrator.

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    Karen Decatur, GA, USA 12-22-05
    Karen Decatur, GA, USA 12-22-05
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    "Fantastic!"

    I loved the way that the topic of early sobriety is handled in this book. Augusten's work is honest, humorous and unique. You will definitely laugh out loud if you listen or read this one!!

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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 09-27-05
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 09-27-05 Member Since 2007
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    "excellent, very funny"

    Extremely well-written, extremely well-read. I really like this author and he reads his own stuff and reads it very well. The writing is wonderful, with many nice turns of phrases. Very observational and original. Manages to take some serious subjects, treat them with respect, but keep it light all at the same time. Very uplifting. The context is less bizarre than "Running WIth Scissors," but if you read the author's background (gay, alcoholic, NYC, ad agency, raised by "Martians" (as far as I can tell), psychotic Mother, etc.) you might get the sense that the book will be a bit too otherworldy to relate to easily, or will somehow seem "icky." "Running with Scissors" may be that a bit, but this one really not. The author is really a psychologically minded, optimistic, everyman, that manages to pour universal humanity into prose that from time to time has a context beyond my experiences. Similar to David Sedaris, with a little less bite, and a little less laugh out-loud, roll on the floor. A warmer style, that is still very, very funny.

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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.

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  • Hannah D.
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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.

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  • Jane
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    "Emotional"

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

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  • Janis
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    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 2 people found this review helpful

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