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Author: Augusten Burroughs Narrator: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781593979096
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From the million-copy bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collection yet.

This audiobook is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This audiobook is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating.

In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy.

Doll collectors may experience special sensitivity, as may discourteous drivers, candy-company brand managers, and nicotine-gum users.

This audiobook has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. People with dry, cracked skin have responded well to this audiobook, as have people with certain heart conditions.

Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to this book, until you know what effects it may have on you.

This audiobook is contraindicated in those suffering from certain psychiatric disorders, including---but not limited to---listeners afflicted with anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure.

Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects.

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Quotes & Awards

  • There's an emotional truth that comes through here, along with a vivid prose style and a nice talent for reading in the voices of various participants in the tale. All together, it makes for a memoir well worth listening to. The Providence Journal on Dry
  • Burroughs is a born monologist… As effective as the printed books are, the audiobook editions--which Burroughs himself presents--offer an even more sublime personal mixture of humor and revelation. on Dry
  • There is a dusting of David Sedaris in Burroughs's style, a laughing-through-your-tears candor that's as appealing as the situations are appalling. BookPage on Running with Scissors
  • Burroughs's telling of the tale alternates among hilarious, pathetic, existential, and hopeful. It is an earnest and cautionary tale of calamity, brimming with often Sedaris-like darkly comic quips…Burroughs's slight Southern accent and gentle yet glib delivery should summon empathy on the listener's part that may have been lost with another reader. Publishers Weekly on Dry
  • [Burroughs's] performance blends self-deprecating black humor with wise-cracking confidence. His natural (or hard-learned) wit and charm keep the listener rooting for his success. AudioFile on Dry
  • “A flawless audio adaptation of his alternately riotous and heartbreaking memoir. Publishers Weekly on Running with Scissors

  • Burroughs's account of his deranged adolescence is clear-eyed and often wildly funny. To hear it not only in his own words, but in his own voice in this fine production is ideal. AudioFile on Running with Scissors
  • Burroughs excels in his personifications of others, whether portraying a domineering cleaning woman or an overbearing boss. While some may secretly wish for the death of such a boss, though, Burroughs admits openly and proudly that he believes he can will it to happen. That attitude, which is accentuated by his reading, makes this audiobook a true guilty pleasure. Publishers Weekly on Magical Thinking

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 6/17/2011

    " it was pretty good. i do not remember much from it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/8/2011

    " I love how interesting his life is! If only I had half his imagination. The chapters that stick out the most: the inn with dolls, his messy apartment, and his cooking show. Fun & easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 6/7/2011

    " Shorts were amazing..I'm still blown away by half the things he got away with and how he became such a huge star. Great book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/17/2011

    " Entertaining, quick read. Very David Sedaris. I read Running With Scissors many years ago, and remember liking it, but not loving it. Burroughs' stories are good - some quite funny, others ok. Definitely a decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly | 5/14/2011

    " This was like a continuation of Magical Thinking - random little stories in no order particular order, funny and random. I think I'll take a break from Aususten Burrough's books for a while, and read something else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassidy | 5/10/2011

    " this book kept me entertained on my long-ass germany-to-usa flight. there are a few really funny moments, but this is definitely not his best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunny | 5/5/2011

    " This is more of a group of short stories about different times in his life. Because of that I was able to skip the chapters that didn't catch my attention soon enough. It made for a light fun read that makes you happy to be who you are and glad to have grown up with the family you did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/3/2011

    " quirky "anthology" of anecdotes, can be read on their own if you need a quick laugh, smile, pick-me-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 4/30/2011

    " Each of Burroughs' essays is both real and hilarious. "

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

    " I'm usually not very interested in short stories, but Burroughs is just so funny. I thought this was a great collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/6/2011

    " Really funny with a curious sense of humor. It's ok with me that memories are enhanced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/4/2011

    " I enjoyed this much more than Running With Scissors, where Burroughs' narrative felt tedious at times. Chopping down to short stories behooves his style and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/25/2011

    " Not one of burroughs best offerings. and come on mate, when you going to stop milking yer shite life? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/19/2011

    " I laughed out loud a few times with this one! Typical of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 3/10/2011

    " Enjoyable and touching short stories that were perfect for a bedtime nightcap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mokieblylk | 3/9/2011

    " I didn't think the first half of the book was funny but about the last few stories i found myself laughing out loud several times. "

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the author of the autobiographical works Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects, and A Wolf at the Table, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. Running with Scissors remained on the bestseller list for over two consecutive years and was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film starring Annette Bening.