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A Million Little Pieces

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: James Frey

Narrated By: Oliver Wyman

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2003

Duration: 10 hours 9 minutes

Summary:

A searing and controversial story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation, told with the charismatic energy of Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the revelatory power of Burroughs' Junky.

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions. He insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become which he feels runs counter to his counselor's recipes for recovery. He must fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart. And he must battle the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion.

An uncommon accounting of a life destroyed and reconstructed, and a provocative alternative understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery, A Million Little Pieces marks the debut of a bold and talented literary voice.

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  • Brandy S.

    one of my favorite books ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jenna A

    Can't wait to read t all! Every book I've ever read from Oprah has been lovely. Wally Lamb! The Kite Runner! They're all great and this one sounds fantastic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Felicia L.

    i have read this book. I couldn't put it down. such a good read$

  • Karla C.

    Disappointing to hear that this guy has no belief in a higher power, it doesn't have to be God you know, try NA, anything that keeps you from using is a power greater, your own thinking took you to the bar and the dope house and how can you not believe in the 12 steps if you never worked them, it would be interesting see how long he stays clean on his own

  • Melany D

    Compelling story, fantastic voice work! This reader brings the story alive with his acting- interesting story and delightful to listen to.

  • Deborah Cooper

    This was a great book. Very intense. I felt like I was inside the head of the narrator. I wasn't aware of the controversy surrounding the book and it's authenticity, but whether it was a true memoir or fictional account, I thought it was very good.

  • Jessica Makepeace

    The book itself is good. Though I can't say that I loved it or hated it. the narrator seemed bored, but nevertheless, got the point across. I would recommend this book to people who are just wanting something to pass the time.

  • toni sams

    The Narrator skips sections of the book. I read books at a fast pace , I didn't have the patience to follow the narrator.

  • cynthia

    The reader of the book was very monotone. It was not worth the read. Booorrrrring.

  • Mandi Scott Chestler

    Aside from the overblown Oprah controversy this pseudo-memoir inspired, it is also astounding that such a seedy, self-pitying collection of words has gained such traction in the publishing world. James Frey may have used poetic license to illuminate his life story, but he should invest in a thesaurus. At least a quarter of book depends on the F-word and other profanity for effect--a crutch a more talented writer could surely overcome with a bit of imagination.

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