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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Carr Narrator: Charles Leggett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780743580496
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The instant New York Times bestseller now in trade paperback: a “compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope” (Chicago Sun-Times).

• Critical and commercial phenomenon: TheNight of the Gun hit bestseller lists thanks toa national tour and rave reviews from every major newspaper in the country. “Imagine James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces on a dose of truth serum, suffuse it with some cynical humor and a good handful of self-depreca- tion, and you get David Carr’s remarkable and immensely readable memoir,” wrote the New York Post. People magazine gave it threestars, saying “The Night of the Gun is an odyssey you’ll find hard to forget.” 

•  Lacerating honesty, scrupulous reporting: Many memoirists of dysfunction, addiction, and recovery have told incredible stories— what distinguishes Carr is his credibility. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Carr is anundeniably brilliant and dogged journalist, and he’s written an unforgettable memoir: A.” 

• Website: NightofTheGun.com, the ground- breaking, interactive, multimedia website with videos and documents from the book’s research, was launched with the hardcover and will continue to draw visitors.

• Critical and commercial phenomenon: TheNight of the Gun hit bestseller lists thanks toa national tour and rave reviews from every major newspaper in the country. “Imagine James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces on a dose of truth serum, suffuse it with some cynical humor and a good handful of self-depreca- tion, and you get David Carr’s remarkable and immensely readable memoir,” wrote the New York Post. People magazine gave it threestars, saying “The Night of the Gun is an odyssey you’ll find hard to forget.” 

•  Lacerating honesty, scrupulous reporting: Many memoirists of dysfunction, addiction, and recovery have told incredible stories—what distinguishes Carr is his credibility. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Carr is an undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist, and he’s written an unforgettable memoir: A.” 

• Website: NightofTheGun.com, the ground- breaking, interactive, multimedia website with videos and documents from the book’s research, was launched with the hardcover and will continue to draw visitors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anyone who knows now or ever has known the addictive and ultimately deadly affections of booze and dope will be moved and shaken—as I was—by this beautiful, horrifying memoir. David Carr has summoned everything that matters about the loaded gun of substance abuse.” 

    Stephen King

  • “[A] fierce, self-lacerating tale…writing full of that special journalistic energy that is driven by a combination of reporting and intelligence.” 

    New York Times 

  • “[A] remarkable narrative of redemption…He writes with grace and precision…With grit and a recovering user’s candor, Mr. Carr has written an arresting tale.” 

    Wall Street Journal 

  • “An odyssey you’ll find hard to forget.” 

    People 

  • “After years of abuse, the memoir has found its white knight, galloping in to show how a personal story can be engrossing, shocking and true.” 

    New York Observer Review of Books 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/25/2014

    " A good look at the life of someone losing their life to addiction and a look at the falibility of memory. Carr takes an unflinching look at himself and the life he led and the damage he did to family and friends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hallie | 1/24/2014

    " This dude is so self-involved and grating. I don't know why I kept with this memoir til the end when I disliked its subject/author so thoroughly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.T. | 1/24/2014

    " another druggy memoir... pretty interesting but also very sickening at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan | 1/23/2014

    " Really interesting to read, since he approached this as a journalist. Some parts were hard to read/follow, but that also what I get for reading before bed. Definitely recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yag | 12/19/2013

    " This book is amazing. Very gritty and a direct response to James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces." Carr is an exhaustive researcher and a very adriot writer. His story has me thinking of a whole new kind of research paper for my juniors... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniele | 11/29/2013

    " Another memoir of addictions and substance abuse. Enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Anne | 10/23/2013

    " So loved this. Brutally honest, shocking. Felt like I was right there w Carr. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/15/2013

    " The author's wit keeps this book going to the end, and it's hard not to like him though he reveals that he was a horrible asshole in his past. Everyone loves a flawed hero, and Carr is one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 5/19/2013

    " Stunning book. After some discursive ruminations on the nature of memory and personal narratives, Carr dives into the raging river of his own life. You emerge with him, at the book's end, thrilled that you are both alive and rational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Puckey | 5/14/2013

    " Brilliant work. Well-written with a brutal honesty that makes us appreciate and love him, all the while hating him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena Lunyova | 11/29/2012

    " One of my latest favorites "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/9/2012

    " Meandering at times (not surprising for a "recovering addict" memoir) but a unique storytelling approach, weaving together present-day interviews of people the author wronged during his dark days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 12/25/2011

    " excellent book at the beginning and middle but the end is lacking. Story of a crack addict father that turns his life around and investigates his life because he cant really remember all the crazy shit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel McCarthy James | 11/5/2011

    " Excellent memoir on addiction. Drags a bit in the last third, but hard to put down otherwise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/17/2011

    " This guy had a ton of grace and patience for his own mistakes, but none for anyone else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 6/13/2011

    " Interesting addition to the genre of writing about addiction. Not a fantastic book, but I'm always up for a good drug story. It's insane what some people will go through to feed those demons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lisa_emily | 5/21/2011

    " Sometimes you can realize that your life hasn't gone so badly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/29/2011

    " Boy, can David Carr tell a story! Especially his own! Fascinating and brutually honest. If you liked A Million Little Pieces, you'll enjoy this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kam | 3/6/2011

    " I only got one chapter in, and, despite his clear specific intelligent writing, he is probably banging his chest on his "lovely children", and how flipped over his life is. OK OK, once was enough, but three times in the first 20 pages?!
    Unfinished "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/28/2011

    " This book is honest and daring. A look at the life inside the world of drug and alcohol addiction. The book was very dark, but real. I appreciated the altruism of this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/17/2011

    " like most memoirs, it was about 100 pages too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2011

    " Honest and painful but also very funny, charming, and hopeful. I also loved the fact that much of it took place in Minnesota. "

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About the Author
David Carr was a reporter and the “Media Equation” columnist for The New York Times. Previously, he wrote for the Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine and was editor of the Twin Cities Reader in Minneapolis. The author of the acclaimed memoir, The Night of the Gun, he passed away in February 2015.
About the Narrator

Charles Leggett is based in Seattle where he works onstage at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Portland Center Stage, The Empty Space, and Book-It Repertory Company, among many others. Charles’ voice work is also featured in the video games Dungeon Siege I and II, and in Hoyle’s Casino Empire.