• Lost in Ghost Town

  • A Memoir of Addiction, Redemption, and Hope in Unlikely Places
  • By: Carder Stout
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Psychologist to the Hollywood elite Dr. Carder Stout delivers a riveting memoir about his fall from grace into the gritty underbelly of crack addiction, running drugs for the Shoreline Crips, surviving homelessness, escaping a murder plot, and finding redemption in the most unlikely of places. 

Dr. Carder Stout's clientele includes Oscar-, Golden Globe-, Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winners, best-selling authors, and billionaires. He may not be able to share their dark secrets, but for the first time, everyone will know his. At the age of 34, Carder would have gladly pawned the silver spoon he was born choking on for a rock of crack. His downfall was as swift as his privilege was vast - or had he been falling all along? 

Raised in a Georgetown mansion and educated at exclusive institutions, Carder ran with a crowd of movers, shakers, and future Oscar-winners in New York City. But words like "promise" and "potential" are meaningless in the face of serious addiction. Lost years and a stint in rehab later, when Carder was a dirty, broke, soon-to-be-homeless crackhead wandering the streets of Venice, California. 

His lucky break came thanks to his old Ford Taurus: he lands a job of driving for a philosophical drug czar with whom he finds friendship and self-worth as he helps deliver quality product to LA's drug enthusiasts, from trust-fund kids, gang affiliates, trophy wives, hip-hop producers, and Russian pimps. But even his loyalty and protection can't save Carder from the peril of the streets - or the eventual contract on his life. 

From a youth of affluence to the hit the Shoreline Crips put on his life, Carder delves deep into life on the streets. Lost in Ghost Town is a riveting, raw, and heartfelt look at the power of addiction, the beauty of redemption, and finding truth somewhere in between.

©2020 Dr. Carder Stout (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Interesting till the end

Very interesting till the end. Worth the credit. Very happy with the ending some people don’t make it out

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Great listen! Addiction memoir superstar

If you are a fan of addiction memoirs, this is for you. Great story and wonderfully performed. Highly recommend!

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Wow!

I love memoirs, but this was better than I imagined! Everyone from East to West should read this incredible story. This should be a movie!

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A Moving Story

The narrator, Brian Hutchison, really brought this memoir to life. He doesn't just read, he performs, with believable voices and accents for the many characters. The book describes the author's early life, which included a privileged but loveless upbringing and a long stretch in which he was a crack addict involved with a Los Angeles gang. His friends in the gang (all black; he's white) took him in and gave him a feeling of belonging and home. That aspect of his experience is relayed with great sensitivity. The chapters go back and forth in time, connecting the lonely aimlessness of the author's tony upbringing with his life on the streets. The book ends when the author's involvement with the gang ends. His subsequent determination to change his life gets only a brief mention in the epilogue, and we don't hear about his relationship with his family beyond his childhood.

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Dark and deep

It is a heartbreaking, dark and deep story. Wherever you are, there is always hope, there is always God. Listen to it and you won't regret.

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  • rikki
  • 08-17-20

Wow great story

I really rate this book highly. brilliant story of addiction with a real human side . Just one of those book i could not stop listening to.