The Night of the Gun
- A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life - His Own
- Narrated by: Charles Leggett
- Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-08-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
That long-ago night when he was so out of his mind that his best friend had to pull a gun on him to make him go away? A visit to the friend 20 years later reveals that Carr was pointing the gun.
His lucrative side business as a cocaine dealer? Not all that lucrative, as it turned out, and filled with peril.
His belief that after his twins were born, he quickly sobered up to become a parent? Nice story, if he could prove it.
The notion that he was an easy choice as a custodial parent once he finally was sober? His lawyer pulls out the old file and gently explains it was a little more complicated than that.
In one sense, the story of The Night of the Gun is a common one: a white-boy misdemeanant lands in a ditch and is restored to sanity through the love of his family, a God of his understanding, and a support group that will go unnamed. But when the whole truth is told, it does not end there.
Ferocious and eloquent, courageous and bitingly funny, The Night of the Gun unravels the ways memory helps us not only create our lives, but survive them.
"David Carr's The Night of the Gun reinvents the memoir genre by applying a dose of journalistic integrity. Carr's style is as elegant as his saga is gritty, and the story of his life is simply extraordinary. " (Jeffrey Toobin)
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Louis Raubenheimer on 04-09-18
Dark and riveting
One hell of an addiction story meticulously told. Dave rightly mocks the genre before setting off on telling a life story that at times makes your skin crawl in its self-absorbed hideousness.
A quest for truth, but definitely not redemption. Brilliantly documented and told, soulfully read. Five fucking stars
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By Michael on 28-03-13
You'd think this would be a lot more interesting..
I'm a fan of Mr. Carr's writings in the New York Times, and was fascinated to hear about his book. However, what I got was an overwrought, unfocused mess. You'd think that a story of addiction would be totally engrossing, as the reader takes you through Carr's early days of drinking, and drugging, but I found it incredibly dull, which was a suprize!! Take a listen before you buy.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Herbert on 02-12-08
Night of the Gun
Great story about a Reporter, (David Carr) who interviews friends and associates in an attempt to recall past experiences and events of his life when he was in the life (drugs, alcohol etc.) The narrator gives riveting descriptions and accounts of some of his trips to crack houses and his many attempts at rehab. A story not for the weak at heart, but a brave one in deed and told well.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful