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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Sheff

Narrated By: Anthony Heald

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2008

Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes


David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

"Sheff does not spare himself or anyone else from keen professional scrutiny any more than he was himself spared the pains and joys of watching a loved one struggling with addiction and recovery....this is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic."-Publishers Weekly


  • Claude M

    a painful, realistic look at addiction and family dynamics.

  • Holley Bare

    This is a must read! Especially for anyone who has ever went through addiction or had anyone they love go through addiction. Addiction is a family disease and it affects everyone who is close to the addict. This was a wonderful book.

  • Billie Scroggins

    The Narrator's volume fluctuated too much. I would have to turn it up one minute to understand what he was saying and the next scramble to turn it back down. This seemed to have occurred the most when he was speaking for another person. When he switched back to first person the volume exploded.

  • Tynna McChesney

    Amazing Book!! I felt like I was reading about my own life. It has taught me a lot about myself and addiction. I will read it again

  • Janice Davis

    A must read! A book that could serve purpose not only to the victims or addictions but of the persons in the field of helping the addicts. Written with passion and severity of the pain and triumphs of a parents love for their child.