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Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lisa F. Smith

Narrated By: Hillary Huber

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2016

Duration: 8 hours 48 minutes


Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York City when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith's formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspired with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city's clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach, the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the fa├žade of success lies the reality of addiction.

"Her raw depiction unveils the pressures of her job as well as the personal costs of addiction...Readers will root for this extraordinary woman as she travels the path to recovery."-Publishers Weekly


  • K Gloor

    This was such a great read. So true about a functioning alcoholic and the lies, trials and tribulations. The family dynamic and everything...very real.

  • Nicola L

    Enjoyed listening to this book. I don't have substance abuse issues but found the story interesting. Great narration.

  • Susan H

    I've been VERY close to addiction, never myself (mother, father, brother, cousins and friends) maybe that's why I just found so much of the first... 80% of the book so redundant. You only need to describe an alcohol/drug filled blackout so many times before we get it. My attention kept getting lost because nothing exciting, deep or scary or heart wrenching happened. I've seen all of those things often "near" addiction. The narrators voice matched the character but it seemed so monotone that I think it helped me get lost. I don't write many negative reviews (it's actually my first) but eh. Just seems it could have been so much more.

  • lucy b

    Really enjoyed this listen - and narrator voice was perfect.

  • Jaime H

    Hit close to home. Loved the narrative. Dealing with addiction is tough but knowing you aren't alone in your thoughts help. It was like being in my own head.

  • Jan B

    I loved this book. Great read for anyone who has substance abuse issues. Thought the narration was terrific.

  • Kylea Harvey

    I loved this book. Well written & well narrated. A definite read/listen for anyone needing a push to quit the booze. Life really is better without it.

  • Geoff Watkins

    I enjoyed this story. It was thought provoking.

  • geoff thomas

    Not my sort of Book! The story line was a bit disjointed.

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