A Million Little Pieces

  • by James Frey
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions. He insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become, which he feels runs counter to his counselor's recipes for recovery. He must fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart. And he must battle the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion.
An uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and reconstructed, and a provocative alternative understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery, A Million Little Pieces marks the debut of a bold and talented literary voice.

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What the Critics Say

"A Million Little Pieces is this generation's most comprehensive book about addiction: a heartbreaking memoir defined by its youthful tone and poetic honesty." (Bret Easton Ellis)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

My fury got to me. My fury got to me...etc.

While this book might possibly be an interesting read, I hated the audio version. The unique literary "style?" does not do well for listening. The constant repetition can be glossed over while reading, but is extremely painful to listen to. The angst of the reader seems like a bad verbal acting job. If you must, read it yourself.
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- trish

Waste of time

Okay, so I knew about the controversy surrounding this book when I decided to download and listen. I wasn't too bothered that it was embellished and parts had been fabricated. Anyone who knows an addict should fully expect this.

But, I thought with all the fanfare and rave reviews that this might be worthwhile for an addict such as myself. Maybe I would learn something more, or see something a different way, or at least see myself.

What I got from this was something totally unrelatable to my own experience, not helpful, and even dangerous in its advocacy to do it your own way.

Anyone who has ever been in 12 step knows that working your own program is going to lead to relapse. The type of addict Frey purports to be (and I'm not sure he even is) doesn't just will himself to stop. He even starts the book saying how he had never been able to do it on his own before. Suddenly he can. How? He "decides" to. Addicts I know who are recovering have completely surrendered and are willing to try anything, they don't thumb their nose at everything offered.

Finally, I don't know how anyone ever believed that anything in this book could possibly be true. In particular, addicts should be able to smell this one coming from a mile away. If you want facts and something that works, pick up a blue book.

I agree with a previous review. This is fiction, and not even good fiction.
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- Robert in Denver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2005
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books