A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady....
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...
From the beloved #1 New York Times best-selling author comes an intimate look at the driving forces in one man’s life....
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 #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....
Welcome to the troubled world of Sellevision, America's premier retail broadcasting network....
You've eaten too much candy at Christmas...but you may not have ever eaten the face off a six-foot stuffed Santa....
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....
The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir....
For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses....
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"....
In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface....
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....
A best seller in its native Canada, Drunk Mom is a gripping, brutally honest memoir of motherhood in the shadow of alcoholism....
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...
From the million-copy best-selling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burrough's most provocative collection yet.
"No one is funnier or more perceptive." (Publishers Weekly)
"Irreverence done to an amusing turn." (Booklist)
But wow, what a let down. The publishers summary was more cleverly written than the book itself. I really should have read the reviews and not just checked the rating before forking out the audi-credit for this one.
I had a friend download this for something funny to listen to one night during a long car trip. After 2 short stories and several half-stories that we just couldn't make it through, we decided instead to drive the rest of the radio-waveless wilderness in complete silence. It was that bad. Eventually we found a garbled classic-country music station and both felt better about the whole experience.
To start off, the author states that Some of the events happened as stated, others were expanded and changed. Some of the individuals portrayed are composites of more than one person and many names and identifying characteristics have been changed as well. I wasn't sure if this was just dry humor but with those restrictions up front, I thought, This has to be an outrageous book! This author is published and successful and because he is making something up out of nothing or almost nothing, I expected a lot more than I got. The stories I listened to reminded me of a conversation with a pathological liar talking about what 'interesting' (i.e. boring) and nearly unbelievable chain of events happened to him last weekend. I can enjoy a book about the nothings of life, but this was ridiculous.
I have a couple years worth of titles from Audible.com and so far this is the only one that if I could, I would ask for a refund. This is also the first one I've ever written a review for, but maybe it will help someone.
I did not make it through the whole book! This is my opinion after listening to a little less than half the book. There may be some gem in there that I missed. If you read it and love it, please write a review.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I didn't know what to expect with this book and what I got was the rambling of a gay alcoholic hypochondriac. Fortunately alot of it was very funny and interesting. I found the beginning a bit slow but it got better a few chapters in stayed that way for the remainder.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
The cover claims not to listen while you operate machinery, etcetera, etcetera, and the book actually lives up to its dust jacket. It was as entertaining as it claimed to be, though it wasn't packed with hilarity it was entertaining and moving in some part. I had no idea when I bought it that it was a collection of short stories and I usually don't get into books like that, but once I got into listening to this book, I thought it was definitely worth the price.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Similar to Augusten's Magical Thinking, this is a collection of short stories from his life. Some are pointless, some are mildly interesting, and others are really good. His narration and the quality of the writing is excellent, as usual. Often his stories make me remember simple things from my childhood, like sitting in class and spelling "Shell Oil" on a calculator.
I stumbled upon You by chance and I'm so glad you take pride and the time to read your own books. You are a fun writer and one of few that gets me off guard laughing Would love to meet, I'm also in recovery 2.5 years. In Phoenix and teach English. I wish I would write, you inspire me, your flow is melodically comical and you do a great job recreating all your events. Ok you prolly don't even read these, Tinea Rose 🌹 6022927873
Does Augusten Burroughs write anything that ISNT great???
The only thing better than this read is hearing Augusten , in his voice, via Audible. I read and laugh because this man and his writings are a true portrait of dysfunction and fun !
You wont be disappointed with this book, its REAL!!!! I would give him 5 stars but " Dry" is the best works by Mr.Burroughs.😁
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. I love how expressive Augusten's views are, and the way he describes them in such telling detail.
What did you like best about this story?
That the chapters were somewhat short-allowing me to hear one at a time while I drove to and from work. I love the honest observations and interpretations that he had as a kid. And his cooking show. I giggled myself silly and had to listen again. That was aDORable!
What does Augusten Burroughs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
So much life and the depth of his feelings.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did. I felt bad for the Grandmother that he didn't like-even though she wasn't kind to him. I'm glad to know he understood why she was the way she was and knows that it's okay not to love her so deeply. I also felt better knowing he came to understand more about his own mother through his Grandmother's actions toward himself.
Any additional comments?
Have a listen. You won't regret it.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
I was somewhat disappointed in Augusten's latest collection. There didn't appear to be any unifying factor to the pieces, and some seemed to be repetitive of earlier offerings. Still, a less than perfect August Burroughs pleases the senses more than many first rate hacks of modern storytelling.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
This was the most boring waste of my time. I deleted it before finishing.
4 of 13 people found this review helpful
This book was especially enjoyable with the author's personal deadpan delivery. I did think that at the end of some of the essays, the punch line or conclusion was a little unsatisfying. But nevertheless the last piece was flawless and the last line totally worth the wait.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book, the way he writes is so funny and his melodramatic statements make you love him ('was this special premium extra-ply tissue? No? it seemed British people ALWAYS use tissues this soft!') as do some of the stories he tells (his fear of the tooth fairy). I also liked that each chapter was a pretty much unrelated story so dipping in and out meant you lost no continuity.
The only downside is that the narrator sounds bored when he reads, which detracts from the clever writing. Shame, since he's the author too and should have been more enthusiastic
2 of 2 people found this review helpful