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The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition

A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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In honor of the 10-year anniversary of The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx's definitive and best-selling memoir on drug addiction is now available on audio for the first time, read by Nikki Sixx! This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki's yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by 20 percent in the past year alone, Nikki's story of both his descent into drug-addled decay and subsequent recovery and transition into a rehabilitation advocate is now more relevant than ever.

When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days - sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers - in a coke and heroin-fueled daze.

The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.

Here, Nikki shares the diary entries - some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre - of those dark times.

Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and surprisingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom - and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.

©2007 Nikki Sixx (P)2017 S&S Audio

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Great to hear Nikki Sixx read his story.

This book will help anyone struggling with any form of drug addiction. The best book I have ever read on the subject. I had told my teens parts of the story. They won't be trying drugs any time soon.

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What an awesome journey!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a true portrait of rock star excesses, as well as how far people who are addicted will drag themselves thorugh the much. As Nikki says... The dying is easy, It's the living that seems impossible when it's time to sober up!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition?

Hearing about Nikki coming to my hometown and the things he did there.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

That it was the author.

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

No

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What an inspiration. Nikki is one of my all time true hero's. I play bass, and too have kicked "THE" habit. I am forever in his debt. This book has helped me more than I could even explain sitting here writing an e book review!

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So-So

Decent book and can be very entertaining at parts, but the female narrator's voice was painful to listen to, especially when she pretended to cry. I'd rather listen to nails being run down a chalkboard.

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Inauthentic Nonsense

Motley Crue was not a good band, although I was a fan in the 80s until I was around 11 years old and began playing guitar and discovering bands that could play their instruments. But this "diary" isn't about Motley Crue. As a social worker with experience in addiction, I thought this book would be a worthwhile read. It wasn't. This book is further evidence that Nikki Sixx will do anything for money including retrofitting a diary that glorifies his horrendous conduct. The supposedly old passages are chock full of AA speak and pop psych drivel. The story is monotonous and whiney. He claims to be a heroin addict but seems to interchange heroin and coke. I don't know a single person dependent on opioids for whom cocaine wouldn't make withdrawal so much worse. None of this book rings true. If this was written as a retrospective and Sixx offered, or even gained, any insight, writing this would have been a worthwhile endeavor. Yet, even the reflective passages written in the early 2000s lack any depth or insight. "Junkie", which Sixx claims to be reading during this time, is a much more authentic account of an individual suffering with opioid use disorder.

As an aside, for all the excellent music and artists Sixx name-checked in this book, one would think that they would run off on his "art". They don't.

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Eye opening

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I've always like Motley Crue's music, but due to being born in the late 80's, I wasn't able to experience them when they were at their height. To me, Crue was Vince and Tommy. This book opened my eyes to the real wheel behind Motley Crue, and the demons that haunted (or hunted) him.

The journey Nikki takes in that year is amazing. I couldn't stop listening.

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1st edition- a well read, 2nd- a awesome audible!

I really dislike reading but I love Nikki Sixx. My brother brought me the book and said "trust me and read it!" I was in my mid 30's and hadn't read a book since high school. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in less than a week.
Who would have known Nikki was going through this? I didn't and I also didn't think anybody could survive with such a crazy lifestyle.
I was estacted when I heard about the 10th anniversary edition and since we have bitchen apps that can read to us now...even better, Nikki can read to me! I might even listen to it again.

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Quelle vie!

Suite à la sortie du film "The Dirt" sur l'histoire du groupe Motlëy Crüe, j'ai eu le goût de lire ce livre qui a inspiré le film. Quelle vie de fous! Je ne me doutais pas de la vie de débauche de ce bassiste que j'ai toujours aimé. J'étais trop jeune pour m'imaginer que c'était ça "Sex, drugs and Rock n' Roll" ! Wow ! Je ne sais pas comment il a fait pour s'en sortir... ça semblait vraiment une cause désespérée... À lire et relire!

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amazing

amazing he's still alive. recommend this book to anyone on the road to recovery, stay clean.

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Amazing

It was awesome to hear this book read by Nikki Sixx. It was very powerful!

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An inside look at addiction

If you liked The Dirt on Netflix, you will love this. My uncle was an alcoholic and never understood why he was the way he was. Nikki’s diary entries provide context and insight that everyone could use. Highly recommend it.

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  • AnnieJuly
  • 10-31-17

What can I say...

...but wonderful! I had already read the original but the audio brings those words to life when read by Nikki himself. Plenty of new material too. The epilogue was really moving on so many levels: his intelligence, his determination, his search to contribute and not least his rallying cry for the true rock star in an age of blah, blah, blah (and that’s the sober Nikki talking). I’d say this would appeal to those who maybe aren’t Sixx fans sufficiently to want to read the book too. The male voice actor who did the other male characters was great: his Tommy, Vince and Slash were uncannily good. His English accents, hmm, okay! The female was pretty awful: a strange, shrill, nasal delivery that barely changed person to person. The one thing that I didn’t like was her delivery.

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  • JD
  • 04-11-19

Incredible Story with a Very Positive Message

Nikki Sixx tells a very honest and open story with many of his peers telling us how much of a difficult and spiteful person he used to be. The 10year anniversary edition adds a lot to the story on how Nikki has turned his life around even after Motley Crue finished.

The story is read incredibly well by Nikki and you can feel the emotion in his voice as he relives the Heroin Diaries.

Loved every second of this story!

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  • Kiera Waring
  • 04-10-19

Superb 🤘🏻

Really harrowing stuff but it was a great listen, gave me a good few laugh out loud moments and gasps. The book speaks volumes of Nikki's strength and resilience to live through the horror, take full responsibility for his behaviour, then publish it for all to see and give other addicts hope. Great book, even if you're not a Crüe fan.

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  • Mr. Michael N. Parkinson
  • 03-20-19

A roller coaster of fun and falls

A good listen, very honest and raw at times. Makes it hard to feel alone

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  • Jonnyboybegorah!
  • 03-10-19

Cool.. Interesting and fairly well told<br />

I enjoyed it.. And it was pretty much what I thought it would be.. No surprises but a great blast from the past

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  • Matthew Bedford
  • 11-23-18

Amazing!

Read his book over 10 years ago, I never read books but read this in 2 days. Love it and couldn’t wait for the audible version to come.

Has me crying laughing yet other times moving an emotional.

My favourite book of all time.

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  • Trixibelle
  • 10-22-18

Raw, honest, compelling

Nikki Sixx is a personal hero of mine - he is not afraid to show his weaknesses and vulnerabilities, laying everything bare in this compelling, honest and raw account of his struggles with drug addiction. I bought the hard copy book when it first came out and found it so insightful, and it was just as good listening to it so many years later. Nikki narrates it very well, as does Ross Marquand; Sophie is annoying, but perhaps that is telling of the voices she reads as Vanity and Nikki's mom seem(ed) pretty annoying (and self-obsessed) too.

Despite this book portraying drug addiction in anything but the harsh light of reality, there is no denying that Nikki Sixx, drug addict or not, is one very cool guy. He has so much talent and seems to have so much personal charisma that even in his worst, drug-addled moments his rock star lifestyle can seem glamorous, desirable even. He has further had the advantage of being a MILLIONAIRE drug addict, and so has been afforded the luxury of second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth (+?!) chances of starting again, clearly NOT a luxury that every heroin-addicted individual will have. But what stops this from becoming anything to feel contemptuous of, is that Nikki has an abundance of self-awareness, lacking in so many others in his position. It is to his credit that he's opened up about his worst times in The Heroin Diaries, and in doing so has helped so many less fortunate than himself.

Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-18

Life is beautiful in all forms

Feeling really mixed. Still weeping in joy. Wish I could have written a better review.

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  • mrs victoria j sadler
  • 06-04-18

Amazing

Love this book. Honest, raw but moreover therapeutic. If you are dealing with any kind of addiction. Read this book. Work with gambling addicts. Recommend to all of them to read this book. So much more insightful than any other book I’ve read on gambling addiction. Addiction is addiction and this is the best insight you’ll ever get into that troubled world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-17-18

wow

what a life.
very well read. i really enjoyed this book and will probably listen to it all again soon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-18

Amazing

Great book. Nikki and others tell great stories. I love reading the book, this took it over the top.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-18

interesting listen for those in active addiction..

as a struggling heroin/speedball addict in and out of recovery I found the book interesting, inspirational and yet also triggering - it reminded me of what I need to do in terms of seeking and asking for help and keeping up with regular attendance and work in NA (narcotics anonymous), and the importance of honesty - both within myself and with the ppl in my life, esp my family and the recovering addicts within NA. Yet it also made me yearn for the rush of shooting speedballs and the sick fascination and purpose found in all consuming hard drug abuse. And so while having shot up a few big speedballs over the last 2 days I've also reattended NA and plan to throw myself back into step work and speak honestly with my sponsor once I run out of drugs and money tomorrow.

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  • Anthony N. Goodwin
  • 11-20-17

May he live forever

I don’t do many books but this one has changed me. This is a story of change and acceptance. Nikki Sixx has become a legend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-19

Raw

What a insight to an incredible life thanks for sharing your personal raw
journey x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-19

Amazing stories.

Wow, what a book it’s incredible he’s alive. Amazing turn around in his life and such an impact he’s had on the world.

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  • Dee
  • 06-29-18

Beautifully raw and honest.

Absolutely brilliant! So honest, so disturbing and so incredibly beautiful. Thank you Nikki Sixx 🤘💜

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-16-17

What a story so raw.

OMG this book is addictive in the good sense. You cannot stop listening to it