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"Burroughs has lived this story, so his delivery perfectly matches the tone and pacing needed. Focusing on a series of failed relationships, Burroughs lets his voice rise in both tension and tenor as he analyzes the reasons, with help from analysis, that some relationships work and others are doomed by the personal quirks of both people." - AudioFile Magazine

The instant New York Times best-seller from renowned author Augusten Burroughs.

Lust: 1. intense sexual desire or appetite
2.a passionate or overmastering desire or craving
3.ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish.

Wonder: 1. something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration
2. the emotion excited by what is strange and surprising; a feeling of surprised or puzzled interest, sometimes tinged with admiration
3. a miraculous deed or event; remarkable phenomenon

From the beloved #1 New York Times best-selling author comes an intimate look at the driving forces in one man's life.

With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust and Wonder is a hilariously frank audiobook memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for. His story began in Running with Scissors, endured through Dry, and continues with this memoir, the capstone to the life of Augusten Burroughs.

Funny, sweet, alarming, and ultimately, moving and tender, Lust & Wonder is an experience of an audiobook that will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.

©2016 Augusten Inc. (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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"Burroughs has lived this story, so his delivery perfectly matches the tone and pacing needed. Focusing on a series of failed relationships, Burroughs lets his voice rise in both tension and tenor as he analyzes the reasons, with help from analysis, that some relationships work and others are doomed by the personal quirks of both people." (AudioFile)

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Relentlessly Tedious

What disappointed you about Lust & Wonder?

Let me preface this by saying that I was so excited to see a new Augusten Burroughs book coming out, that I actually put a note in my calendar to purchase this title on the release date. That said, this book was a huge disappointment. This book reads like a series of long journal entries, but not in an intimate or entertaining way. Rather, it feels like the author sits in front of his computer all day (he actually admits as much) and then writes down EVERY SINGLE THOUGHT that comes into his mind. Some of it is funny, mostly because the author is a very funny writer, but much of it feels like a big, "So what?" For example, long sections detailing conversations about nothing that go nowhere. Dog walks, boring dates, random thoughts -- all of these are given equal weight. Additionally, there is much too much here that is rehashed from previous books, notably "DRY."

What was most disappointing about Augusten Burroughs’s story?

Toward the end, he writes that he has squandered much of his fortune on online shopping. This is funny (for the reader) and also well within bounds for the Augusten Burroughs many of us have grown to love over the years. BUT long before he revealed his financial problems, I found myself wondering if this book was simply a way for him to make a quick buck. There is simply no story here -- nothing at all that needs to be told. The Brilliantly Offbeat New York Gay Writer Who Dates has been done much better by others.<br/><br/>The author also admits that he has not read a book in 10 years. Unfortunately for the reader, this lack of interest in anything other than himself and his endless navel gazing shows. His self-absorption has been done to great comic effect in past books, but now it just feels tired. For the first time ever in reading one of his books, I felt a bit sorry for the people in his orbit -- it's not his "crazy" that is tiring, it's his narcissistic self interest.

Which character – as performed by Augusten Burroughs – was your favorite?

Augusten being AUGUSTEN has always been my favorite character...at least until now.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Augusten's performance is always good. He knows how to read his own writing and wring out the funny bits for all they are worth.

Any additional comments?

My opinions won't prevent die-hard fans from purchasing this title. That's ok, because die-hard fans will probably find something to love here (I did get a few laughs out of it). But if you are not already a fan or this is your first outing with Augusten Burroughs, I would suggest that you read almost any one of his other books first (though maybe not "Wolf at the Table"). <br/><br/>

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Impossible: A Concept That Makes One's Heart Laugh

Man, can these two brothers (Augusten Burroughs and the author of Switched On, John Elder Robison) write! This book was my first Burroughs; I've never even read "Running With Scissors," although having enjoyed this one so much, I plan to listen to that book next. Burroughs has a somewhat snarky tone that takes a few minutes to get used to, and occasionally, although he's reading his own words, he reads as if unfamiliar with the material (listening at 1.25x speed helps). But once you realize how hilarious he is--sort of a cross between David Sedaris and classic hetero bad-boyfriend storyteller Matthew Klam--and see how many of his relationship issues and observations have universal applications we can ALL relate to, you'll love it. You'll laugh out loud, you'll cry, you'll hear a firsthand 9/11 story and a genuinely impossible-but-true happy ending, and above all, you'll never look at gemstones the same way again.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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It goes on and on and nowhere.

What disappointed you about Lust & Wonder?

Other people have said it; it just sounds like he is rehashing his failed relationships over and over again. His personality, which I once found really quirky and funny, just came off as immature and bitchy.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't stop listening...

Open and precise, but never self-indulgent, a gorgeous, finely crafted portrayal of how who we are and what was done to us shapes how we love, and how we let others love us. Was delighted by the (happy) ending!

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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More for his diehard fans than casual readers

What does Augusten Burroughs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing him read his own work is very intimate. You feel like you just ran into an old friend after not seeing them for 20 years.

Any additional comments?

Augusten Burroughs' new novel is a treat for his longtime fans. It's his most personal and honest writing so far. It's not as lurid as Running With Scissors or as inspiring as Dry. It's meant for people like me, who love his voice and can't get enough of his writing. He narrated the audiobook so it makes it seem even more intimate.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best of Augustens books since Dry

How can you not love Augusten's writing? In his narrative you'll laugh sometimes and cringe at others. It takes a truly gifted author to be able to bring out characters that remind you both of people you know and of yourself.
I hated when this book was over and look forward to what he gives us next.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I love him!

His style, his candidness, his views on relationships...I love it all. I heard this on audio and Augusten narrates it. This only made me love it all the more. I found myself laughing out loud and not wanting to get out of my car until the chapter was over. Now I want to go back and reread all the other books he's written!

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Disappointing

I really liked Dry so was excited to try another Burrows. This one was tedious and made me want to shout "if you're so unhappy in this relationship just get out already!" I think there's only so much in one person's life that can be made into memoir. That said, I do like Burrows writing and will likely listen to another!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Devoured

I devoured this book and savor end every syllable. What a beautiful, mindful mess is Augusten Burroughs.

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Could not stop listening!

If you could sum up Lust & Wonder in three words, what would they be?

Insightful. Entertaining. Inspiring.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Augusten, of course.

What about Augusten Burroughs’s performance did you like?

I have all of his audiobooks, so I suppose it's the familiarity of his voice. Aside from that, I love when he makes fun of an uptight/tedious person's take on things, like a couple taking an entire dinner party to describe opening a jar of pickles.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful