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Sober Stick Figure

A Memoir
Narrated by: Amber Tozer
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Sober Stick Figure is a memoir from stand-up comedian Amber Tozer, chronicling her life as an alcoholic - starting with her first drink at the age of seven - and her eventual recovery. Amber writes about the crazy and harsh truths of being raised by alcoholics, becoming one herself, stagnating in denial for years, and finally getting sober.

As a teenager Amber is an overachieving student athlete who copes with her family's alcoholic tragedies by focusing on her achievements. It quickly takes a funny and dark turn when she starts to experiment with booze and ignores the warning signs of alcoholism. Through blackouts, cringe-worthy embarrassments, and pounding hangovers, she convinces herself that she "just likes to party". She leaves her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, to follow her dreams and ends up in New York City, spending lots of time binge drinking, passing out on trains, and telling jokes onstage. She then moves to Los Angeles, thinking sunshine and show business will save her.

Eventually hitting rock bottom, she has a moment of clarity and knows she has to stop drinking. It's now been seven years since that last drink, and she's ready to tell her story. Sober Stick Figure is adventurous, hilarious, sad, sweet, tragic - and ultimately inspiring.

©2016 Amber Tozer (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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honest story about an dishonest drug.

I felt every feeling she wrote. She hit being sober and alcoholism on the head.

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Waiting for the punch line.......

Thought it was slow and the reader seemed flat. It seemed to go on and on... same story different day. I thought since she was a comic that there might be some humor... Alcoholism really is not funny. Glad she told her story but it was not my favorite read.

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incredibly relatable

Whether you're drunk or sober, or know anyone who is or was... This book is f***ing awesome. I cried, laughed, and bookmarked the s*** out of it. SO much appreciation for Amber and sharing her journey with us. Narration was great.

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Very honest and moving!

Amber Tozer is brutally honest in her memoir about her life with depression and alcohol addiction. I appreciate the courage and strength it must have taken to tell her story. I believe her book will provide much hope to the millions of people still suffering in the world today. It was relatable and very moving! Thank you for sharing, Amber!

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keep coming back

thank you. hope you are still sober. enjoyed your story. been there done that. Glad we are still alive to laugh at ourselves and of course, share the message.

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Author's voice unbearable

I couldn't get through more than an hour of this book. The author's voice is whiny and obnoxious. The writing is not very compelling and the author seems to take pride in being a bratty teenager. Not worth the listen.

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  • noel
  • austin, TX, United States
  • 02-06-17

Hilarious, heartbreaking, raw, redemptive

Gets alcoholism's insanity down perfectly. Tells the solution for alcoholics in a non preachy perfect portion. Recommend highly. Funny woman. Great storyteller.

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A must read for anyone struggling with addiction.

What did you love best about Sober Stick Figure?

I love the brutal honesty portrayed by the writing. You can really trust the author and how she tells her tale.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how the author is a normal person like you and me. Her story is one that so many people can relate to because she grew up in a small town. The same small town I did... Wait... She is my cousin! hahahahahaha I was gonna keep this troll going as long as I can but decided since my favorite thing about the book is the honesty, I should do the same.

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

I have seen her perform standup many times and this performance is different. Yes it is a story like the comedy she slays on the daily. This is much different though, because it is the story of her life and what she has been through.

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

I can't pick one moment, but I would have to say the moments that she reveals personal epiphanies are the most impactful for me.

Any additional comments?

Buy It, read it, love it, share it!

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  • Mary
  • Pewaukee, WI, United States
  • 09-17-16

Transformational story

What made the experience of listening to Sober Stick Figure the most enjoyable?

My desire for hearing the stories of addicts who see the light.

What did you like best about this story?

That she transformed from someone I did not like into someone I liked and could relate to.

Which scene was your favorite?

The incident with Latte' the dog.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

I did not appreciate her language (especially the many JFCs)

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First One

I thought this book was quite "Sobering" (pun intended) I really enjoyed the hilarity of Sobriety

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  • P. Howden
  • 07-06-19

A really good story!

I really enjoyed this book! It was funny in places & a very honest look at alcoholism. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with alcoholism, or to people who are close to an alcoholic. Amber also has an open mind in that she does the twelve steps herself but understands that the twelve steps aren't for everyone. I can't stand people who say that AA is the only way, & Amber doesn't do this, she has an open mind.