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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:
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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.”


  • “[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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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