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...
Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away...
From the beloved #1 New York Times best-selling author comes an intimate look at the driving forces in one man’s life....
From the million-copy best-selling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burrough's most provocative collection yet....
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Running With Scissors comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books....
A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr....
You've eaten too much candy at Christmas...but you may not have ever eaten the face off a six-foot stuffed Santa....
The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir....
In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface....
David Sedaris' new collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes...
On Tuesday I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. On Wednesday I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed, charged with attempted murder...and then it got worse....
From the break-out star of BuzzFeed and the People's Choice Award-winning comedian comes a collection of hilariously anguished essays chronicling awful moments from his life so far....
A darkly funny and revealing debut memoir of one woman's 20-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side....
Kristina, the second of four children, begins by telling how a little sip of vodka sipped secretly at a party her parents were giving started her on a pathway to addiction....
Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris....
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Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits had earned him the label "social deviant"....
"This collection showcases Burroughs's sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing....Burroughs's smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent of David Sedaris and David Rakoff. But he's no imitator of those essayists. Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state of self-examination and just happens to have peculiar adventures along the way." (Publishers Weekly)
For fans of Augusten Burroughs, this is a real treat. Snippets of stuff you know from Running with Scissors weaves through his best writing yet in the form of essays about his life, relationships, neuroses, and career. He's a great reader, too, and his words and voice combine to wonderful effect. I laughed out loud a couple times in public while listening on my iPod, and while I must have looked like a wacko, I had a great time.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
To all those comparing this author to David Sedaris because they are both gay and both write memoirs, please stop. So they are both homosexual and write about their lives -- after that their similarities stop. Anyone who has read Running with Scissors and his followup Dry, understands where this author is coming from. There is a reason why he is darkly funny and considered somewhat into himself. Your perceptions of egotism would change if you knew more about his humor and childhood. Though I didn't think that this was his best work yet, it was very worthy of my time and I enjoyed it. Before you take this one on, make sure you read his other books first.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
I ordered the book from Amazon and then found I could get it today (10-5-04) thru Audible. I had to erase David Sedaris from my MP3 player and settled in for a most wondeful night.
If you have not read Mr. B before, this is a funny, with dark tones, great book.
But, if you are like me, I not only read but listened to his all his books and more than once, and this is like a film-buff finding a long, director's cut of his favorite films.
It fills in little corners of his life with such richness of character that you can relate to his stories...who hasn't enrolled in a model school (I flunked an IBM School 'cause I didn't like being on the bus in the morning with commuters) and the Undertaker Story brings to mind a character from "Dry" to whom, for one, I always wanted to hear more about.
Mr. B actually will answer your E-Mail (don't expect a PenPal!) and I asked him why he never mentions his famous relative, William. I never forget his answer "I am not related to him!" (thank God you can't see a person turn red on the internet)
I have pushed his audio's on various people at work and was surprised when the young married ladies (27 - 40) thought he was hilarious.
Read the book and Buy and listen to him reading them. I love "Running With Scissors" I suppose best, but there are a couple of times in "Dry" (usually when I am in heavy traffic!) when I have cried, a lot.
"Magical Thinking" is so much fun and I just love being with him, again.
And now I am wondering when will his next book come out?
By the way, I started listening to this just as I was coming from having my 91 year mother commited to the Pysch Ward. It made me fill much better and more hopeful.
34 of 39 people found this review helpful
If you've read his other works, you will see how repetitive he is when discussing his life lessons. I didn't find the material to be fresh. Also his narration is stilted.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you enjoyed "Dry" and "Running With Scissors" and wished they wouldn't end, this is the book for you. It's a series of vignettes and little stories from his life, all written with his particular blend of dark, funny, self-deprecating narcissism. I can't get enough of it.
That said, this lacks the narrative structure and the visceral satisfaction of his other books. "Running With Scissors" is warped, but it's basically a coming-of age story. "Dry" is a dark story of personal transformation, with characters to care about, etc.
"Magical Thinking" is more like a really good dinner conversation. Some stories have a point, others are just some funny thing that happened. That's just fine with me and his other fans, but if you're not already sold on the guy, don't make this your first listen.
Oh, and one more thing: There's one story where he's really cruel to a mouse and regrets it later. It's pretty hard-core, as mouse-killings go. If you can't handle the grisly death of a mouse, either skip the story or don't get the book. Simple as that.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I was first introduced to Augusten Burroughs with his book "Dry" and enjoyed his self-deprecating sense of humor, but this book is not of the same caliber....I found myself wincing at most of the "funny" anecdotes that he recounts. Additionally, Burrough's narration is at times embarassing, as his ability to emulate his character's voices comes off a bit sophomoric and amatuerish. My suggestion to anyone looking for light, comedic reading to purchase go for anthing by David Sedaris, as he is the definitive master of this genre.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
I suppose it's a bit unfair to compare Burroughs to David Sedaris just because they're both gay essayists. But it's impossible not to. Sedaris is genius and I was hoping that Burroughs would be just as good, if only because I've run out of Sedaris books to listen to. Unfortunately, Burroughs doesn't even come close. He readily admits in one of the chapters that he is shockingly self-absorbed. There's no arguing that. It's clear from every story he tells. And in the end, it's difficult to like someone who's so into himself and thus, difficult to like stories told by an unlikeable person. Burroughs tries for sentiment sometimes, but it seems forced and always goes back to him, him, him. The humor is likewise tortured out of the banal stories which just don't deserve telling. And his attempts at self-deprecation are just not convincing given his pervasive egotism. Having said that, some of the reviews here are unfair and come from homophobic people who had no idea what they were getting into. That's not the reason to avoid this audiobook. The reason is you're much better off listening to one of Sedaris' over again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
In general, I'm a fan of anyone willing to do a self-depricating commentary on society and one's place it it. As I sat listening to this book, I was more and more digusted by the author. Not in an "eww, that's gross (giggle)" kind of digust, but in an "oh my god, who did this guy sleep with to get someone to allow him to endulge himself in print and now audio like this and get paid for it?" Was publishing him done on a dare? Was this done just as evidence for someone who met him and tired of telling people "You will just not believe this guy" after retelling one of his stories.
The performance is a flat, stilted "I'm reading aloud for the first time" tone. Even the poor delivery of this sad text can't be blamed on anyone but the author himself.
The story of finding a mouse in the bathtub and the grueling detail of trying to kill it, including checmically blinding it, but not killing it, watching it panic, then scalding it with hot water and trying to drown it, but not killing it, watching it panic, and finding inner pleasure in this activity is just revolting. It goes on and on, story after story. It I can't believe how much I do not like this guy. A sad rip-off of David Sedaris and David Rakoff this was a waste of my money and my time. I kept listening, but found nothing that could make up for the rest of it. What a waste.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
If you don't know anything about the author or their work, listen to the sample first.
I was looking for something different to listen to and from the reviews it sounded like something I would enjoy, but I didn't find it interesting or funny and when he gleefully described trying to kill a white mouse that had the misfortune of finding itself in his bathtub I was disgusted.
There were some interesting parts like when he was in a Tang commercial as a kid but most were like the story he told about dating a guy who worked at funeral home. They left me thinking "So what?".
14 of 20 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Magical Thinking the most enjoyable?
The humor, lightness, and content is fresh and easy to listen to.
What did you like best about this story?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It did make me literally, laugh out loud.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
these short stories are so funny, great on the Ipod as a treat when doing something boring. one of the only audiobooks I listen to over again. Made me laugh out loud!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Bought this book last month and listened to it within the space of two days. This book is comic and interesting. It is honest and makes for great listening especially the chapter on Augusten's cleaning lady. A must!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
After the successful way his previous books landed, I was really looking forward to Magical Thinking from Augusten Burroughs. Its the same witty and emotional ride as previous volumes, a real life account from his troubled past and present laid out for us in the rawest descriptions possible, however, by the time I got half way through this one I started to waver somewhat because of the style repetition. Its still a good read and listen, very funny in places, sad and shocking in others, completely inspiring. I would recommend to anyone reading all the Augusten Burroughs volumes to not do what I did and listen to them all one after the other, break them up a bit maybe listen to a couple of other books in between each one then they wont become a bore for you as they are brilliantly written and narrated, I loved them all but listening to them all one after each other made the experience not so enjoyable for me personally.