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Author: Nic Sheff Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781624608285
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Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he regularly smoked pot, did cocaine and ecstasy, and developed addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

In writing that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It’s a harrowing portrait, but not one without hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Impossible to put down”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Nic Sheff's wrenching tale is told with electrifying honesty and insight.”

    Armistead Maupin, author of The Night Listener and Michael Tolliver Lives

  • “Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect choice for narrator; his stern and entirely believable voice captures the desolation in Sheff's tale. His reading is wonderfully underplayed, and necessarily so. Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nic Sheff's powerful memoir of drug abuse and alcohol addiction is written in a brutally honest style that makes it difficult for anyone else to narrate. Happily, narrator Paul Michael Garcia delivers a strong and commanding reading that perfectly expresses the rawness of Sheff's most personal recollections…Endlessly memorable, Sheff's memoir is brought to life in a reading that captures the essence of his downfall.”


  • USA Today bestseller

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  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Julie | 3/14/2019

    " Nic Sheff writes about personal experience with meth, crack, heroin and an assortment of other substances. There are intense sex scenes in the book, along with near death experiences due to overdose. I wouldn't suggest this book for anyone under the age of 15. It is a very mature book. And, as always, Paul Michael Garcia is a wonderful narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 5/12/2011

    " This story really made me root for the main character. You want him to succeed through his addiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pip | 5/12/2011

    " Very juvenile writing style, like yeah whatever ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 5/4/2011

    " Tweak is a very good book. The author does a very good job of capturing real life situaitons and making people feel the mood of the story. I believe that this story would resemble a meth addict's life very well even though this story is a true story about the authors life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 4/26/2011

    " Every teeneager should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 4/26/2011

    " Totally engrossing from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danni | 4/17/2011

    " I've read Beautiful Boy which is written from his Dad's perspective, but reading his own account of his addiction with Meth and his life spiraling out of control is absolutely a wake up call. Must read both books to really understand how much this drug destroys lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 4/13/2011

    " This book took a hold of me and did not let go until the end & I couldn't put it down for very long. It is a dark and sad look into the life of an addict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/13/2011

    " An ok book. I wasn't all that impressed with it. The beginning was REALLY boring and after 50 pages I nearly quit. After that it got better....I like the whole idea he presents of storytelling though, so not a total wash. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/4/2011

    " One of the most shocking, sometimes disturbing story of a meth head I have ever read. "

About the Author

Nic Sheff is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. Still in his twenties, he continues to fight daily battles with his addictions. His writing has been published in Newsweek, Nerve, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

About the Narrator

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an accomplished producer and voice-over artist, and his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials.