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4.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 5 4.32 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Cope Moyers, Katherine Ketcham Narrator: Katherine Ketcham, Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781429508940
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Unlike some popular memoirs that have fictionalized and romanticized the degradations of drug addiction, Broken is a true-life tale of recovery that stuns and inspires with virtually every page. The eldest son of journalist Bill Moyers, William Cope Moyers relates with unforgettable clarity the story of how a young man with every advantage found himself spiraling into a love affair with crack cocaine that led him to the brink of death—and how a deep spirituality allowed him to conquer his shame, transform his life, and dedicate himself to changing America’s politics of addiction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodai | 2/16/2014

    " Learned about what addiction and rehab are about. I had a lot of questions because of a friend: I needed to know how to counsel them and what to focus on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~~amy~~ | 2/11/2014

    " I learned more about why addicts do the things they do & that it is possible to recover. I am not a "bad" person I am a sick person staying well. Addictions end result is death,jails&institutions. It is a shame the government slashes funding to treatment centers as addiction strikes all families. This book reminded me I can not safely drink or drug without lifelong repercussions. "

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

    " this was a really good book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Hughes | 1/28/2014

    " This book really challenged my previous notions about addiction. Great book about addiction as a disease, others' false perceptions about addiction, and recovery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelby | 1/11/2014

    " Was hoping for more addiction and less redemption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/5/2014

    " If you ever had a person you cared about with an addiction or one yourself this book is written very honestly and accurately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 12/31/2013

    " If you have someone in your life who struggles with addiction, this is a MUST read. Very insightful. I read it in a little over 24 hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine Raska | 10/25/2013

    " Your typical book of someone struggling with addiction and recovery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 10/9/2013

    " Couldn't finish this one - too nice and neat for my liking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Colville | 9/18/2013

    " One of the best books that I've ever read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmwagner0524 | 12/19/2012

    " Pretty graphic. I think this is a great book for people who are addicts or who have been affected by addicts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kuklaguera | 9/13/2012

    " Good but I kind of lost interest & didn't finish it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 8/22/2012

    " Poignant story of an addict's struggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jul | 2/1/2012

    " Really liked it. Insight into someone with some isues in common As he experiences drugs, alcohol in St. Paul, then treatment at Hazeldon here. Very descriptive of his various experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/18/2011

    " Great book. I learned more about addictions and I also learned more about Bill Moyers. I came to feel a deep respect for both father and son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/27/2011

    " A beautiful memoir of the horror and pain of addiction and the process of recovery and rebuilding a life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 10/1/2011

    " I have read many books on addiction and this is one of the most powerful about the grip of addiction and the attempt to overcome it. Moyers writes, in his own way, as well as his well-known father Bill Moyers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 9/22/2011

    " Broken is essential reading for someone in recovery or their friends and family. It's a detailed account of the perils of crack addiction and his redemption through reliance on God and Alcoholics Anonymous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 8/30/2011

    " Very accurate first-hand account of an addict struggling to overcome his disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 8/30/2011

    " Best book I've read about addiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 5/22/2011

    " If you need help understanding the disease of addiction, this is a good place to start. It gets a little preachy in places, but provides understanding about the devastating impact of this illness and what it takes to get into a long-lasting recovery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/28/2011

    " eh - it was ok. I felt like this didn't go anywhere but back and forth to rehab. But perhaps that's the point of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 1/24/2011

    " If you have someone in your life who struggles with addiction, this is a MUST read. Very insightful. I read it in a little over 24 hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 1/22/2011

    " Broken is essential reading for someone in recovery or their friends and family. It's a detailed account of the perils of crack addiction and his redemption through reliance on God and Alcoholics Anonymous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/10/2010

    " A wonderful and inspirational story of life springing forth from death, and addiction being used and channeled into hope and a future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 8/1/2010

    " Great book. I learned more about addictions and I also learned more about Bill Moyers. I came to feel a deep respect for both father and son. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelby | 7/21/2010

    " Was hoping for more addiction and less redemption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 6/13/2010

    " "Who can explain why a word or a phrase suddenly illuminates the darkness inside?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 5/22/2010

    " Poignant story of an addict's struggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/14/2010

    " Amazingly honest story about the twelve steps and recovery. I have the utmost respect from Mr. Moyers. Wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 3/17/2010

    " interesting. Well written story of a man's crash into addiction and his ability to find redemption and sobriety through God. His writing was intriguing, because he did a great job of making his narration change and form with his mindset from the past. "

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About the Author
William L. Myers Jr. was born into a proud, working-class family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Clarion University and law school at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past thirty years, he has fought for his clients in state and federal courtrooms up and down the East Coast and has had the honor of arguing before the United States Supreme Court. Bill lives with his wife, Lisa, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
About the Narrators

Katherine Ketcham is coauthor of a dozen books, including the bestseller Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism, with James Milam; The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning, with Ernest Kurtz; and Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism, with William F. Ashbury. Over one million copies of her books are currently in print. In addition to her writing career, Kathy works part time at the Juvenile Justice Center and the alternative high school in Walla Walla, Washington, where she has developed an educational curriculum for teenagers with alcohol and other drug problems.

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.