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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,505 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Sheff Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781455188307
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What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son’s drug addiction. David’s story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view—a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff’s son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Those of us who love an addict—or are addicts ourselves—will find Beautiful Boy a revelation. David Sheff knows all too well what must be endured with faith, and his extraordinary book describes it better than anything else I’ve read. While painfully candid, Beautiful Boy is equally optimistic and powerful.”

    Martin Sheen, actor

  • “This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.”

    Anne Lamott

  • “Affecting…Rich with topical research and personal revelation.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[A] frightened, beautiful memoir.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] powerful and sorrowful story…[Heald’s] narration is exciting and engaging.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] moving, heartbreaking account…Anthony Heald does an excellent job with the reading, his voice and intonation conveying the pain and discouragement Sheff must have felt over his son’s condition.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Sheff’s intense memoir is hard to put down…A must-read for, at the least, anyone in similar straits.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[Sheff’s] pain…communicates itself so viscerally that it seeps into your thoughts and stays with you…Sheff writes with amazing candor…Anthony Heald narrates, poignantly capturing Sheff’s highs and lows. Powerful, engaging, instructive.”

    BookPage

  • Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2008
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2008
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller in 2008
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/11/2014

    " Holy. What an ordeal. I learned so much from this book, and felt heartbreak and triumph all at once. A very powerful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/6/2014

    " A difficult, compelling, and wrenching journey. "

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

    " This should really get 3.5 stars. It's a wonderfully well written account of a horrible situation, and a father's powerlessness to stop the downward spiral he sees his son going through. I think I was gripped initially by the book, but as time went on, I started to shut down, much the way some of the characters in the book shut down against Nic's drug use. I think that emotion is what keeps me from giving it a higher review. But I am very curious to read Nic's book Tweak now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 2/1/2014

    " got to see more of the family's side of what it is like to go through this...can't imagine... I see the patient's side at work... I liked the book, good information at times (not too much). I skimmed a lot, though - I felt like the author wrote too much about his daily life and life w/his other kids - when I wanted more focus on the substance dependence parts - but still thought it was a good book and would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riley | 1/29/2014

    " Whether you have or haven't had the experience of watching or knowing another go through the addiction of drug/alcohol. It's a honest revelation & sad, but optimistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Thompson | 1/23/2014

    " I can't say that I "enjoyed" this book - but as a parent I am glad that I read it and that the author shared his journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/21/2014

    " A father's story of his son's addiction to meth. A different angle because it really tells the other side, that of the family. Told in chronological order without a spoiler...so just when you think... Also kind of a scary read for a parent - you can appear to do everything right, but some things are just out of your control. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/17/2014

    " Non-fiction. Awesome story but very sad. His son Nic becomes addicted to meth. Tells how he tries to help him - he's in and out of rehab. Meth is the worst drug to be addicted to. He's sober for 1 yr at end of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati | 1/7/2014

    " Powerful and validating to those who have loved an addict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/30/2013

    " This is one of those books that I found myself thinking about even when I wasn't reading it. It is completely heartwrenching, especially if you have ever cared for someone who has suffered with addiction. It does carry a hopeful tone as well. *Disclaimer--this book does have some language in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Olson | 12/8/2013

    " So moving-devastating. Takeaway:never try crystal meth, anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 12/2/2013

    " I love how honest he is over his every reaction and thought to his sons addiction. If anyone close to you has had a drug addiction you will relate to his words and experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/16/2013

    " Heart wrenching. Father's perspective on raising a smart and promising son who becomes a meth addict. Middle section gets a bit repetitive, but it is really worthwhile. I plan to read the son's version too (Tweaked) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 7/4/2013

    " Wonderful book but heartbreaking. A real account of addiction and the common issues for family members. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 2/28/2013

    " for me it was an emotionally draining read. reminded me too much of the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 10/13/2012

    " A story I am all too familiar with and if you have ever loved someone who fights addiction it's def worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamra | 9/13/2012

    " very thought provoking - "F" word used several times (mostly in direct quotes from his son) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 9/10/2012

    " Pair with Carrie Arcos's Out of Reach for readers who want a memoir of a family dealing with a member's addiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Taft | 5/14/2012

    " this father really made you feel as thogh you were living his life. it is at once sad & heartwarming. it really makes you wonder why we as a society don't do more for the addicted. The statistics are so low for staying drug free. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Ehlers | 3/9/2012

    " Definitely one of the greats. It's a pageturner, as you wonder what's going to happen with the author's son Nic, and it also has some fascinating insights into addiction, both scientific facts and the emotional impact of it all. Should be read by anyone with addiction in their family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Huyck | 1/21/2012

    " Very honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson Stewart | 11/5/2011

    " Must read the son's account of addiction immediately after. titled Tweak. Should be sold as a pair to see the unique perspective each gives and where the blame falls according to the writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Briscoe | 10/11/2011

    " I listened to this book on cd in the car. It is a nicely told story, heartbreaking and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 10/9/2011

    " This was a very good book. It definitely makes meth absolutely terrifying. I read it pretty quickly and at times had a very hard time putting it down. Most definitely recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 5/16/2011

    " Much better written than his son's book, "Tweak". Very interesting if you're into the whole drug and recovery and relapse thing! I have such an odd assortment of books that I read, a lot of non-fiction for me plus kids books for my job. Makes for strange bedfellows! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 5/16/2011

    " Amazing yet incredibly sad, as is any addiction stories. How do families survive this torture??
    p.s. Agree or disagree with Sheff's actions etc. I just find it hard to judge someone who is in that situation...really "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryJohanna | 5/13/2011

    " Though I found the narration annoying and the story a bit thinly revealed, I found myself pulling for Nic's recovery and the sections on the science of Meth addiction particularly interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 5/11/2011

    " I don't like to abandon books, but I could not get into this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/10/2011

    " It is very hard to read this memoir without coming away from it untouched. There is much of suffering in it--from what it feels like to be a helpless parent. A very touching book loaded with lots of cold, harsh reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 4/26/2011

    " Teenagers sshould read tweak, and the parents need to read Beautiful Boy. Frightening and sad. "

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

    " An honest and heartbreaking account of a father dealing with his son's drug and alcohol addiction. Very helpful for family members or friends struggling to understand and cope with a loved one's addiction. A powerful and emotional book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 4/17/2011

    " Having a teenage son made this one so hard to read but it was a must!! I was inspired by this dad and all that he tried to do for his son.. "

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

    " An honest, though slightly self-important account of the rollercoaster of caring about an addict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 4/11/2011

    " Absolutely fabulous, every last page of it. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/11/2011

    " An amazing book. Sheff's story has left a lasting and deep impression on me. "

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About the Author
David Sheff is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy, an account of his struggle to save his son Nic from addiction. Sheff’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Playboy, Fortune, Rolling Stone, Outside, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and elsewhere. His ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people. Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California.
About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.