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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171,724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Augusten Burroughs Narrator: Augusten Burroughs Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781427200563
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Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian house in perfect squalor. The doctor’s bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules. There was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock-therapy machine under the stairs. Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it is a truly amazing chronicle of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A bawdy, outrageous, often hilarious account…In keeping with this book’s dauntless comic timing, this guy doesn’t miss a beat.”

    New York Times

  • “Outrageously amusing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ajinkya Kulkarni | 2/18/2014

    " Funny and scandalising at the same time. Some plot elements are outrageously comic. I still don't buy the fact that this is a memoir in entirety. Some embellishment has surely been done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam Vitale | 2/14/2014

    " An amazing start to a life.....great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annamarie | 2/9/2014

    " Good, but a bit bizarre. Heard the movie was awful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie Hothem | 2/8/2014

    " I love Augusten Burroughs writing style and honestie about his life. He is a insperation to me to take up writing. I hope to continue to read his books in the future! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deane | 2/6/2014

    " Typical Burroughs... lots of sarcasm and wit. His view of the world is... interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Schmidt | 1/27/2014

    " 2.5 stars. Would have been more funny if this was fiction. Disturbing that this is actually people's lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 1/22/2014

    " Life is too short to drink cheap wine, clean your own house and/or read Augusten Burroughs. There is nothing instructional, edifying or beautiful in his themes or his prose. I seriously doubt his veracity, his memory and his integrity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ylanda Hathorne byrd | 1/18/2014

    " I don't believe a lot of the claims in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smschade | 1/2/2014

    " A very sad memoir. Horrific childhood that no one should have to live through. I found it amazing that he had the strength to share those private details. Will most definately NOT see the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 12/27/2013

    " My love for stories about dysfunctional families won out over my dismay at the author's pretentiousness in naming himself Augusten Burroughs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane Mazurek | 12/22/2013

    " Too crazy for me. Felt very creepy reading about a 13 year old boy and his 30-something boyfriend. And that seemed to take over the book about half way through. Wouldn't recommend to anyone. Won't even donate the book but throw it away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/19/2013

    " There are a lot of bad reviews on here but I was thinking so far, so good. And weird. Good and weird. One of my favorite combos! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisaann1618 | 12/19/2013

    " Very disfunctional life. You wonder how you could be somewhat normal after growing up like that! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Gulivindala | 12/13/2013

    " This book was reviewed as one of the funnies books to read. I found very little to laugh about. I was very disappointed. I it a look at mental illness from the authors experience. At times, unappealing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Gorgone | 12/10/2013

    " I never wanted to call bull shit on an author more in my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan Daniels | 12/10/2013

    " The back cover definitely made the book sound a lot more intense than it turned out to be. I did like the writing style though... fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gibson Bush | 9/1/2013

    " Bizzare! Hard to imagine how some people ever overcome their childhoods. Bourroughs seems scared by his unusual upbringing, if only in his sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherrie Nickel | 8/5/2013

    " Mmmm, pretty indecisive about this one. I think the writing is interesting primarily as a study in writer's voice, but the ending really left me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starlene Maskalenko | 7/28/2013

    " Good book. But my heart broke for young author Augusten and the childhood he endured. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Fitzgerald | 4/17/2013

    " I don't know what everyone is so upright about. I found this book mesmerizing & insightful to how people grow up & how it affects them. The relationships are all tumultuous & destructive, Augusten finds himself in a world he never asked to be in, & is able to share this without so much as a flinch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Gilsdorf | 10/16/2012

    " Hilarious if you like reading about a family more dysfunctional than your own. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Montgomery | 6/5/2012

    " Depressing male version of the Glass Castle. Only even more messed up if you can believe that:/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Vocke | 5/29/2012

    " A little wacky but it kept me wanting to read more. I don't know if these stories are true or not but if they are - I can't imagine why anyone would want to make a life like this so public! Yikes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimée Finlay | 3/24/2012

    " Hilarious! I laughed my my through this poignant book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farah | 2/28/2012

    " Very interesting. If you're into weird people and odd real life situations. Read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 1/6/2012

    " did not enjoy this book at all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kroh | 12/21/2011

    " Just started reading this book, I didn't know anything about it. I really enjoyed it although I don't think I will read Dry (his other book). The twisted humor kept me flipping the pages! I heard that his brother wrote a book too...I may read that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina Dalton | 12/16/2011

    " Yuck. I couldn't finish this one, it upset me so much. I probably would have been able to handle it if it were fiction, but to think a child actually had to live through that---it's just too much for me to absorb. I had to put it down and I won't be picking it back up again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Italianseashell | 10/19/2011

    " That book got me reading everything Burroughs has published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Cazalas | 8/23/2011

    " Disturbing, hard to believe, burn a soul-disturbing look at one man's hell told with humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lane | 6/27/2011

    " Did not like any part of this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/27/2011

    " This book was very funny at times, and then very disturbing at times. I'm not quite sure what to say other than that. It was entertaining... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 6/25/2011

    " I read this book in about four hours, mostly because the story resembled a car crash - it was impossible to look away. The things the author went through (crazy mother, alcoholic father, etc.) are absolutely mind boggling, and certainly make one appreciate normalcy and the mundane a bit more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 6/25/2011

    " Overall, I thought this book was hilarious, but at times, the reader needs to look past the tragedy of the events described in the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 6/25/2011

    " Strange book, not horrible, but so off the wall it wasn't my style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/23/2011

    " Disturbing, yet couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 6/21/2011

    " Very disturbing, I laughed when I now I shouldn't have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 6/20/2011

    " This was a weird one because I didn't really care for it but I'm glad I read it. I think sometimes its necessary to take ourselves out of the sun shiny happy story to put things into perspective. I appreciated the authors dry humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 6/20/2011

    " Well written but very disturbing for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules14228 | 6/19/2011

    " It was so gross and twisted, yet I couldn't put it down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pattyb | 6/17/2011

    " I listened to the author read this one on CD. It's pretty graphic with lots of profanity, but I admit to laughing out loud at a few of the incidents. He reminds me of David Sedaris. I hear there's a movie with Gwynneth Paltrow - I may have to watch that one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnekins | 6/16/2011

    " Entertaining and honest... movie doesn't do justice...what a shame... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 6/15/2011

    " Awful, horrible, terrible book.......I'll never read this author again! "

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