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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,495 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Frey Narrator: Andy Paris Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you’ll ever encounter, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring.

The father figure is Leonard, the high-living recovering coke addict “West Coast director of a large Italian-American finance firm” (read: mobster) who helped keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction—and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate.

James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his “son” lucrative—if illegal and slightly dangerous—employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of “living boldly,” pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard’s and James’ careers flourish—but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways.

My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges, displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human. The powerful narration of Andy Paris will make listeners wish for their own friend like Leonard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At its core, this is an examination of a friendship. Frey's extraordinary relationship with Leonard is alive, a flesh-and-blood bond forged in the agony of rehab and sustained through honesty and trust.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another powerful read from a talented, dynamic author.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Frey describes how he put feelings back into his life, and the effect is vivid, splashy, mesmerizing.”              

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “As smart as it is heartfelt, this tribute to friendship is a far sunnier book than Frey's debut.”


  • “Andy Paris offers a compelling reading. Paris steps into Frey's shoes and relates the most intimate details of his life with seeming ease, and there is an underlying emotionality in his voice that makes it sound as if Frey were relating the story himself.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clare | 2/18/2014

    " I'm not sure it lived up to A Million Little Pieces but it was so nice to find it and realise I could keep reading the story. Still great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hillary | 2/12/2014

    " I found it extremely predictable and boring. After A Million Little Pieces, it was a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ang | 2/10/2014

    " After reading James Frey's first book, A Million Little Pieces, I became fascinated with the friendship that James formed with Leonard. My Friend Leonard gives the reader an in-depth look at their friendship and will cause the reader to laugh and smile. The end of the book is certainly a tear-jerker. I cried for the last ten pages or so. This was an excellent book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sheri | 2/10/2014

    " another good book but also led to believe was true so didn't like it as much "

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