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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (117,519 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Frey Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9781598872378
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Winner of the 2003 Listen Up Award: Editors' Choice for Biography/Memoir

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzann | 2/10/2014

    " couldn't get past the dentist scene...too much for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn Sirota | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting slice of life to truly understand addictions. If you can get past all the foul language, it is a very interesting story yet not sure with all the hype of how much is actually true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monaa | 2/8/2014

    " I read it before the scandal thinking it was a true story- inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/5/2014

    " This is the first time I read a book like this. I was hooked after the first few pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 cmack | 2/2/2014

    " I knew minimally about all the drama surrounded with James and this book and purposely avoided buying / reading this book. It was given to me, so I decided I would read it. It was a fast read, I skipped the few pages in regards to the dental issues - that was unbelievable to me since I have my own issues. The rest of the story was just okay.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/30/2014

    " Good book, but he lied about a lot of the book/story happening to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 1/28/2014

    " I absolutely fell in love with this book. An intense read that made me cry. I would recommend anyone read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paola | 1/19/2014

    " I read this book before the scandal that the author made up a lot of facts. Regardless, if the facts were made up this is a great book. Granted he should have been honest and sold the book as fiction. The label doesn't take away that it is a great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Hultman | 1/19/2014

    " A very interesting book - both stylistically and the story. Not a very typical experience, whether or not it was real or anywhefe close. The biggest downside for me was that thing dragged out and scenes were sometimes repetative or seemed irrelevant. A dramatic tale no doubt, but not very real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/3/2014

    " interesting , informative and thought provoking book ..well worth a read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heatherhelmig | 1/2/2014

    " I thought that this was a great book, I was suprised after to hear that it really wasn't all that true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janellen | 1/1/2014

    " I read this before Frey was exposed as a fraud. What a story when you think it's true! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 12/11/2013

    " This book floored me. I loved it and could care less if parts were fiction, lies, mis-truths, whatever. This story is gut wrenching and beautiful. I was completey sucked in and felt the despair, the utter helplessness, and devastation felt throughout. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Friday | 12/9/2013

    " got boring after a while.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/16/2013

    " Totally true, somewhat true, not at all true, who cares, it was an excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Takara Schupbach | 6/24/2013

    " Not bad, not great. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mustafa | 12/14/2012

    " I liked the book but I just think it was just overdramatized "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/15/2012

    " Despite the controversy, I enjoyed it. Never EVER look at a root canal the same way.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 9/1/2012

    " Brutally honest and a truly wonderful read. James and Lilly's tragic, broken love serves as a constant inspiration for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Moreno | 8/9/2012

    " Excellent book, makes you think twice about drugs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Dittes | 8/6/2012

    " Enjoyed the way it was written. Loved when he said "I laughed " after someone said something to him. Somehow that direction to the reader actually made me smile each time. The story was a tolerable one overall for a fiction book. I would never recommend to anyone except for the style of prose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sus | 6/26/2012

    " Too depressing for my taste "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 5/20/2012

    " If it was not all the controversy and call of legitimacy of this book, it would have made a wonderful memoir. Regardless, I still believe it gives a great insight of a recovering drug addict and how one can still manage to recover on his power, through his own terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Arafah | 4/20/2012

    " I remember liking this book when i read it. I remember living its details & really interacting with the author. The drama is impressive but the poor choice of words & the scandal about its truthfulness would make me give it a 3 !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Thomas | 2/21/2012

    " I know he was caught by Oprah for lying but I couldn't put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison Trenholm | 2/18/2012

    " This book was well written for the first 100 pages, if that much. After that its not interesting. Extremely boring. Not well described. And overall terrible. It was a pain for me to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Telai | 10/19/2011

    " i really liked it - especially i thought that this was based on a true story as Fray initially claimed. but was severely disappointed that it was all a hoax! nonetheless, this was a good book and had gave me some good insights on coping when the going gets bad "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth Goudie | 6/5/2011

    " A glimpse into a world that I know nothing about...I'd like to keep it that way. Too dark for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/22/2011

    " I love reading books about dealing with addictions. I know that this is fictional, but it really shows the incredible struggles that one goes through to just exist without "external rewards" to numb the pain or anxiety. Very powerful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 5/22/2011

    " Whether or not all the details are true, it is page turner. Definitely a different style of writing and lots of swear words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clocklin | 5/20/2011

    " I did like this book, I read it before the original Oprah show, & found out some of its contents were fabricated. It did help me understand the very hard road, addicts travel. So, even though every detail was not true, I came away with more understanding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 5/20/2011

    " I really didn't like how the dialogue was written. The story was fake, so I am unsure what to say about this book. However, it was okay - as it kept my attention. 2 1/2 stars. I recommend it if you liked Go Ask Alice, even so it is not as captivating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/19/2011

    " would've given it 5 stars if it wasn't fake.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siobhan | 5/19/2011

    " interesting look into the life of a drug addict. difficult to read at first because of the lack of punctuation, but once i got into it i couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 5/18/2011

    " Thought it was great, until I found out most of it was really fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/17/2011

    " I don't care what Oprah thinks about him this book was gritty and for real. Loved "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/15/2011

    " Fact, fiction, or a mix of both - it is in any case a close look at withdrawl from addiction that captivates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/15/2011

    " Frey has an amazing talent for writing in a voice that makes me feel as if I am "living" the story. A Million Little Pieces is an excellent story - and it doesn't matter to me if it's fact, fiction or a combination of both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/15/2011

    " Great! Until I learned it was a sham!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 5/15/2011

    " So what if it's made up? Still a good read. "

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About the Author
Author James Frey

James Frey is the author of A Million Little Pieces and the #1 New York Times bestseller My Friend Leonard. Originally from Cleveland, he was educated at Denison University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.