In My Skin

A Memoir of Addiction
Narrated by: Christy Lynn
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Called "Quite simply in a class of its own... the work of a stunningly talented writer who both graces and surpasses her material" (Guardian), this is the frank, harrowing, and true story of one young woman's descent into heroin addiction and prostitution and the long, arduous struggle to redeem her life that made her stronger. A shy, bookish college graduate from a solid middle-class home, Kate Holden was uncertain of her way in life. When she decided to try her first hit of heroin as a one-time adventure with friends, she did not anticipate that the drug would take over. She lost her job and apartment and stole from her family. Desperation drove her first to offer her body on the streets and then in high-class brothels, where she discovered hidden strengths as well as parts of herself that frightened her. With the acceptance and unyielding love of a family that never abandoned her, Kate Holden ultimately defeated the drug and left her netherworld behind.

©2013 Kate Holden (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING...

So it turns out there's a very different reaction when an attractive, college-educated woman turns to prostitution and heroin addiction in Australia than the one people use where I'm from (U.S.). There is much less shame, much more matter-of-fact acceptance (her parents told the neighbors!) and much more detail provided on her life working in the brothel and her clients than I was prepared for.

The book hooked me though, because I didn't realize there was another way of looking at heroin/prostitution than hopeless/shame/despair. Kate Holden doesn't adopt that tone and I have to admit, it made the book really stand out to me. On the other hand, she doesn't exactly recommend the lifestyle. She's a reporter - here's what I did, here's why, here's how I felt, here's what I did next, etc.

It is written from the addict's point of view and I can see how it might anger some family members or others who've suffered from the addiction of loved ones. But it did make me think. And I never once doubted her story was true (Looking at you sideways, James Frey.)

All in all, if you're looking for a tour through the guts of addiction, here you go. But it wasn't what I expected - in a good way.

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Poor narrator

The narrator was very hard to understand
I couldn't even make out her words when I slowed it down

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Appalling narrative voice

Nearly gave up on listening to this audiobook due to the narrator's unintelligible accent; somewhere between a US southern drawl and a Kiwi accent. Very hard to understand. Shame, because the story was interesting.

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Distracting narrator

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really tried to get into this book, but the inflection and accent of the narrator just made it too difficult. This one will definitely be getting returned.

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Powerful story of a drug addicted sex worker

From most summaries it sounds like a tired premise, indeed... an overused trope that DARE would have dreamt up back in the 90s. But this book doesn't villainize the POV character and somehow keeps her a relatable protagonist even in the midst of her many questionable life choices and poor coping methods. It doesn't preach at readers or even set her up as some helpless damsel enslaved to an evil substance, or suggest that falling in love or embracing God will be the magical cure to help her see the light, as if some external source of love and support were the only prerequisites required for someone to successfully recover from an addiction to hard drugs.

It also doesn't paint her shamefully for the fact that she is supporting herself throughout most of the book as a sex worker in various brothels. Prostitution is legal in Australia, though highly regulated with policies in place like regular mandatory government-funded health check ups and STI testing to protect the safety of the girls as well as their clients. One doesn't get the impression that her chosen line of work is to blame for her addiction, or that she would give up her line of work even if heroin had never entered the picture. The telling of this woman's journey is so morally neutral and objective that's it's refreshing. There is no clear moral at the end of this story, just a vivid and well crafted glimpse into the reckless, rollicking path taken by a woman who made all the "wrong choices" according to most parents and American society in general. It made her life into a somewhat rocky ride, to say the least, but it doesn't inevitably destroy her.

Sex workers who read this memoire will most likely be thrilled and grateful to see such a fair and accurately portrayed description of someone who sells their body willing without the trope of spiraling into some form of terrible and inevitable destruction. Not a typical story at all, and I'm very glad to have read it.

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Hated it

This book was more about being a prostitute not drug addiction. I found it difficult to listen to and skipped the majority of it.

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I just cant

with this confused aussie fräulein narrating. Did she get the gig just cause shes from Australia too? Giving up on the audible, will read the book and report back.

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Great book.

Great story; However, the Narrator has an Australian accent which is required effort to understand going at 2.0 X plus speed.

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Great book, not great narrator.

I have read this book several times and love it. Bought the audible without sampling & I can’t even get through it with the “uppidy” narration of this meaningful book. Very sad and dissatisfied.

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She wrote a book but she's not a writer.

Story was not insightful and the book was written in a simple and amateurish fashion. More painful was the staccato reading style of the audio version.