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Running with Scissors

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Augusten Burroughs

Narrated By: Augusten Burroughs

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: September 2006

Duration: 7 hours 39 minutes


The #1 New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year

Now a Major Motion Picture

Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor’s bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.


  • Susan R

    Pretty good overall, kept me interested.

  • Carolyn Lassas

    I absolutely love it. Great humor if you have an open mind

  • jessica torres

    Running with scissors is one of the most intense books I have read in awhile. It is funny, painful, tragic and a bit disturbing all at the same time. From start to finish I couldn't put the book down. I recommend this book to anyone willing to read something weird and unorthodox. However this book is not for everyone, reader discretion is advice.

  • Mandy Webster

    This tale of a young boy taken in by his mother's psychiatrist and his bizarre family is funny, sad and uncomfortable all at the same time. But you will not be able to put this story down. I highly recommend this quirky and colorful tale.