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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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From David Carr, the “undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist” (Entertainment Weekly) and author of the instant New York Times bestseller that the Chicago Sun-Times called “a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope.”

Do we remember only the stories we can live with, the ones that make us look good in the rear-view mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for the New York Times. Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr’s investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing—and, in the end, more miraculous—than he allowed himself to remember.

Fierce, gritty, and remarkable, The Night of the Gun is “an odyssey you’ll find hard to forget” (People).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Charles Leggett delivers a shimmering performance. His unabashed tone is revealing to no end, almost as if he is being interrogated and has nothing left to lose. The shock value of Carr’s story is all the more effective because of Leggett’s believable performance.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] beautiful, horrifying memoir. David Carr has summoned everything that matters about the loaded gun of substance abuse.”

    Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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

    People 

  • “[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 

  • “[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 

  • “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 Review of Books

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Oprah Pick of the Best Memoirs of a Generation

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 (1956–2015) 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 worked as editor of the Twin Cities Reader in Minneapolis and the Washington City Paper.

About the Narrator

Charles Leggett, AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is based in Seattle where he works onstage at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, and Seattle Shakespeare Company, among many others. His voice work is also featured in the first two Dungeon Siege video games as well as in Hoyle’s Casino Empire.