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Leaving behind a nightmarish college experience, 19-year-old Nicole and her best friend Eric escape their home of Bangor, Maine to start a new life in Boston. Fragile and scared, Nicole desperately seeks a new beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows - a drug that will make every day a nightmare.

Heroin.

With one taste, the love that once flowed through Nicole's veins turns into cravings. Tracks mark the passing of time, and heroin's grip gets tighter. It holds her hand through deaths and prostitution, but her addiction keeps her in the darkness. When her family tries to strike a match to help light her way, Nicole must choose between a life she can hardly remember, and a love for heroin she'll never forget.

©2016 Marni Mann (P)2016 Marni Mann

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Powerful

I actually thought this was nonfiction because it was so believable and realistic. Sadly, this could be the story of far too many people. The narration was also superb and could easily be taken as the author's own true narrative.

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A trip down the rabbit hole

Would you listen to Memoirs Aren't Fairytales again? Why?

I can't. This story was so gritty and raw. The subject matter is very intense and the author does not sugar coat it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nicole because this was her journey.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a scene where they go to a party being held by Eric's boss at a really nice place on the beach. And there are fireworks...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Once you start, what lengths will you go to to cover it up?

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I did enjoy this book it felt real, gritty and honest.

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  • Rhonda
  • augusta, GA, United States
  • 06-19-17

Well written detailed story

Narration very good. Detailed story. I can't wait to read the next book. Could not put it down.

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Important listen for the time

Not an easy or light story, it's depressing and sad but so very important given the epidemic happening right now, especially in my home state of NH (the story takes place in Boston). This honest story doesn't skimp on details or try to make addiction romantic- it is truthful about the pain and loss drugs can cause.

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EXCELLENT!!!!! raw truth. great narrative...

loved it! unbelievable what drugs can do to someone.. narrator is the best!!I know each character.

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Surprisingly awesome

Loved it! Great story, riveting. I couldn't put it down. 2 times listening to finish.

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Surreal. Harrowing.

What did you love best about Memoirs Aren't Fairytales?

Sadly, I learned what heroin can do to a person. I feel like I'm starting to understand the hold it has. A loved one is in the beginning stages of this book and it terrifies me to know that she may follow the same path.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Memoirs Aren't Fairytales?

When Eric overdosed. I thought for sure that would be the wake-up call moment.

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

The emotion, or lack thereof. The survival from one hit to the next, tone. You can't get that from a book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Michael expressed his tough love. I'm sure it was the hardest ever to have turned around and walked away. And when he appeared like an angel, only to leave as an angel.

Any additional comments?

I had to stop listening here and there even though I so badly wanted to hear more. Some parts were so frightening because I was afraid of what might happen next. This is so out of my realm of understanding and my lifestyle that every chapter just shocked me to the core, although I learned so much as my loved one makes the same statements, and has the same skewed view of denial.

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can't get enough!

I've never used the word "riveting" before but I think this best describes how I feel about this book! I can't stop listening to it. It depicts the very real struggles of being in active addiction. I know all to well as I am 4 years into recovery now. love this book!

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Hard, honest truth

Would you consider the audio edition of Memoirs Aren't Fairytales to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

The truth in addiction and recovery. It was blunt, cringe-worthy, stomach-turning at times, but it told a human story without all the fluff.

Have you listened to any of Arden Hammersmith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I loved the narrator's performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I felt like I was right there on the journey, the pain, heartbreak, rolling around at bottom and the struggle out into the light. There were no promises made, no fairytales, just a day in the life, and stringing a bunch of those days together.

Any additional comments?

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Wow Nicole's Story leaves no choice but to Listen

Goodness this book pulled at all my feelings. I found myself angry and hating Nicole so much at moments but I couldn't put her story down to save my own life. A completely ensnaring account of the way drugs consumes someones life. The destruction that followed her downward spiral was really so tragic to listen to. The story was compelling enough to flow from one event to the next and the narration was really good and made for a good listen. This book was given to me in exchange for honest review.

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  • ania
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Very interesting story, great narrator

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