Dry

  • by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by Augusten Burroughs
  • 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.

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What the Critics Say

"Mr. Burroughs remains ebulliently glib when it's useful, as befits his advertising skills...[He] remains adept at mixing comedy and calamity." (The New York Times)
"Like the alcohol he so enjoys, Burroughs' story of getting dry will go straight into your bloodstream and leave you buzzing, exhilarated, and wiped out...this memoir operates on a high level of involvement and suspense." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] wrenching, edifying journey...with the added benefit of being really entertaining." (The New York Times Book Reviews)
"...Harrowing yet hilarious personal encounter....His performance blends self-deprecating black humor with wise-cracking confidence. His natural wit and charm keep the listener rooting for his success." (AudioFile)

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Live in the Raw

Augusten Burroughs does it again, Dry starts off after Running With Scissors left off but can be listened to as a stand alone volume. I went through a wide range of emotions listening to this one, its both brilliantly written and narrated, laughter, sadness, anticipation, anger, even crying, its so raw that it is shocking in places but when you remember this really is an actual account of one man's double life the way he has to hold down a job, keep up appearances, maintain friendships and basically keep going then on the flip side the addictions, drugs and booze, men, its all there laid out in the rawest language, its amazing. A highly entertaining listen, there were many times throughout this one I didnt want to stop listening its a completely addictive book in itself.
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- Helen

Very insightful

I loved the way augusten can really make you picture the feelings etc. I downloaded this as I am a recovering alcoholic and I like to have insight, to remind me why I'm sober. The end part especially harrowing, and so so close to the truth!! Well done.
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- Hannah D.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2003
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio