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USA Today best-selling book!

Mike Majlak was a 17-year-old from a loving middle-class family in Milford, Connecticut, when he got caught up in the opioid epidemic that swept the nation. For close to a decade thereafter, his life was a wasteland of darkness and despair. While his peers were graduating from college, buying homes, getting married, having kids, and leading normal lives, Mike was snorting Oxycontin, climbing out of cars at gunpoint, and burying his childhood friends.

Unable to escape the noose of addiction, he eventually lost the trust and support of everyone who had ever loved him. Alone, with nothing but drugs to keep him company, darkness closed in, and the light inside him - the last flicker of hope - began to dim. His dreams, potential, and future were all being devoured by a relentless addiction too powerful to fight.

Despair filled him as he realized he wasn't going to survive. Somehow, he did. He not only survived, he thrived. Now, he's a social media personality with millions of followers and an entrepreneur, marketer, podcaster, YouTuber, and author who hopes to use his voice to shine a light for those whose own lights have grown dim. This is his story.

©2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford (P)2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford

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Book is straight fire

I never finished a book.. and wish I hadn’t. It was similar to your favorite movie or documentary.. you love it the entire way though & all the sudden.. it’s over. I can’t wait for the movie to come out just so I can be the guy that says “the book was way better”. Mike turned his dark past & bloomed it into a bright future. This book symbolizes something different for everyone. For me, although I’ve never been an addict myself.. it really opened up an insight into a whole new world. It was also a symbol of hope & you can truly achieve anything w the right mindset.

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Don’t recommend listening to when working

I am a house keeper, but was once a child who was abused by her addictive parents. So hard to listen to without absolutely balling my eyes out. Such a compelling story that unfortunately a lot of us completely understand. If you’re an addict, or love someone who is/was. Very much recommend

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Captivating Read - 10 out 10 recommend

Captivating, inspiring and humbling story. The author gave so much raw emotion while telling his story, the good, the bad, and everything in between. Mike's story is uncensored yet relatable and in turn incredibly inspiring and will really impact his audience.

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Inspiring!

I read this book cover to cover and couldn’t put it down so when I saw the opportunity to listen to Mike narrate it I couldn’t resist doubling down and purchasing the audiobook as well. Mike is someone who I can only hope to be one day, his work ethic and hustle are second to none when it comes to a role model. We all have our demons but knowing they don’t have to define us and can be our greatest assets in learning who we are is what I will take away most from this book. I hope one day to have the opportunity to have a face to face conversation with Mike where I can ask him some questions and just listen. I’m in awe every time he opens up about his story and seeing him where he is now only confirms that person was always inside of him he just had to tread through high waters to emerge!!! Keep going Mike!

Mac, well done with the cover and the audiobook as well!

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Overcoming the least likely

Absolutely incredible read and stories that Mike has gone through. Inspirational for some, entertaining for others. A real life true story of someone who was battling an almost certain mortal addiction that left tens of thousands dead every year and the path he took to break through the norm of the deadly path of addiction, mainly to OxyContin. Thrilling and defining what it takes to get through hard times, I throughly enjoyed listening to this book, twice now. Thank you for your courage and openness in writing and producing this autobiography.

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A must listen for anyone battling addiction

I found out who Mike was through videos on YouTube. I didn’t know about his battle with addiction until recently and then saw him promote this book so I checked it out. Whatever opinion you have of him from his videos online is irrelevant so throw it out. This is a perfectly executed book about what it’s like to have this disease and was made profoundly more authentic by his brutal honesty about the details most would be to ashamed to share. Mad respect to this dude.

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life changing book

loved the book! A truly life changing story... Thanks for this master piece. Much love

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Great story

Bought this on Apple Books and had to get it here on audible also, it’s a great listen

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This book is phenomenal for those who are struggling with mental illness, addiction, and to those who are feeling hopeless. This isn’t your mom telling you to stay away from drugs. This is the hard truth. REAL SHIT. A truth that needed to be spoken.

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Wow

Good shit ,would defo recommend .
Definitely relate to a lot of what’s in this :0

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  • 08-29-22

Amazing book !

Reviews from a France.
I have been listening Mike for years. Now it’s a blast to read his book.
This book a real life lesson to everybody.

Thanks Mike
Waiting for the next one

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  • David
  • 08-26-22

what a journey

Just wow Mike what a journey this book takes you on and brother you have become such a strong genuine and humble person been a pleasure to.read the book and look forward to the next one

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  • Dm
  • 08-23-22

Redemption is possible.

I am a bone cancer sufferer who relys heavily on prescribed opiods for a normal quality of life.
I have read this book every night on Audible through my cheap headphones and my android Samsung J6. I could only read abit at a time as I fell asleep to Mike's soothing voice almost every night.
I loved to read this book although I was on the defense from the start. But Majlak outlined the disease of addiction as the narrative NOT once bashing opiods for chronic pain.
I felt his personal struggle and believe he gained redemption from his demons, he taught the reader to " Relax...We will get through this "thing is, I don't know what to read tonight. Any suggestions?

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  • Rick Grimes
  • 07-27-22

A must listen.

From the story to the narration, this inspiring book is a journey of emotional & heartfelt experience that Big Mike has written with gusto to inspire people.

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  • Andrew Sumba
  • 05-20-22

If you struggle, have a listen.

Loves this, easy listen, definitely recommend it to anyone who is struggling in life, whether with addiction, mental health or anything else.

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  • Warda
  • 04-14-22

GRIPPING, INSPIRING, HEART WRENCHING

This book was amazing, his story is amazing and Mike is truly such an inspiration

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-22

Gripping stroy

I had watched logan paul for years, when Mike came on the seen it took me a wile to warm up to him, but now I love his up beat attitude. This book has been an eye opener and a widow into Mike's back story. It is a gripping read (finish within 2 days) and shocking to know just how tough his life has been. This book is an entertaining read but above all it makes me feel lucky that I have never had to deal with such trials and tribulations.

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  • Finlay masson
  • 03-07-22

Amazing

Honestly one of the most inspirational books I have ever listened to. Gives me a whole new perspective on the effects of drugs and there destructive effects.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-22

F***ing amazing!

Have no words. It was extremely inspiring and a amazing story! Keep that sht up

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  • Niclas W. Nielsen
  • 01-14-22

genuinely a good read/listen

Just heard Mike's ashy ass voice for the past 17 hours tell me a story about ups and downs. And lemme tell you when I say, this is some of the best reading/listening I've ever done. The fact that he's the one reading out loud, makes this experience a thousand times more real and enjoyable. I myself is not an addict, hell I haven't even used/smoked anything before. So I am as far from the targeted audience as possible. But God damnit, he's an inspiration for every single mf out there. Including myself.
If Big Mike can make of himself, what he has. Then I sure as hell can too.
Thanks for being you, Michael. So fucking stoked to have you with us.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-22

Wow

What a book… the story is so powerful and moving. Extremely motivating. It’s so unbelievable some of these stories that something like this can happen to someone and come out the way this man has. Some of these stories will leave you breathless. Well done.

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  • Rachelenius
  • 09-21-22

I enjoyed it except for his voice

This was overall an enjoyable listen, a very interesting insight into a truly horrific series of circumstances and experiences.
Mike’s voice is hard to listen to though, I found him very irritating at times, getting progressively worse throughout the book. I was glad to have finished it, but just as glad that I did listen to it because I learnt a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

Fantastic

Amazing story set against the backdrop of America's opioid pandemic. Finished to the entire audio-book in two days and the fact the story is being told in Mike's actual voice makes it all the more personable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Great listen

Really didn't expect to like this as much as I did, this is honestly the only audiobook I've finished in a single day - can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

wowohwow

this is a great book really loved the rawness of it

mike did a great job in both the writing and telling of the story feel honoured to read this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-21

Amazing and informative

Loved every minute. Such an insight into the world of drugs. Honest and confronting. Personal struggle

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-20

The fifth vital

Brilliant story, love Mike and everything he does for YouTube, his story and ability to reflect with passion and confidence is amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-20

Fantastic Story

I own the book but hearing Mike tell the story and hear the struggle in his voice through the tough stories makes this book so much better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-20

Fucking GREAT book

Bruh! If this not gonna change your life how you think and what to do I don't know what else can help! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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  • Ty Stevens
  • 10-23-20

Very Well written and truthful!

This book has by far taken the lead for anything I have read/listen to so truthful and heart felt. And amazing story of mikes insane, scary, painful but amazing life this story will change people’s lives with out a doubt. he has done and amazing thing here and can not wait to see where he takes it. This book will leave you not wanted to stop listing so be prepared for a long sitting. Ps having your own voice in there is a game changer and everyone voice in the letters very very well done.

To Mike Majlak and Riley j. Ford this book has opened my eyes from when I had a light ( compared to mike ) addiction at a younger age to how much the points you make in this book are 100% spot on and how family will help you even if you Think there not.

Anyway this is going to change lives and save many people and for that I thank you.

Ty Stevens
QLD , AUSTRALIA

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