Breakfast at Sally's

  • by Richard LeMieux
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

“The book reads like a novel... But it has the ring of truth, and an uplifting message that endures.” (The New York Times)
Once a happily married businessman, an avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this now classic memoir that has touched thousands of readers across the globe, LeMieux describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.
Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital, where he is diagnosed with depression.
Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and by extension, everywhere else.
Breakfast at Sally’s is a rare inside look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, to find good people, and, ultimately, with their help, to persevere. Updated with an all-new chapter, interviews with the author, a book club guide, and an obituary for Willow.

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Audible Editor Reviews

A happy husband and successful business owner, author Richard LeMieux suddenly loses it all: luxury cars and rounds of golf give way to homelessness and Salvation Army dinners in this real-life riches-to-rags tale of hardship and redemption. Smoky-tongued baritone Dick Hill performs here with humility and conviction, conjuring shades of the great folk storyteller Utah Phillips, himself no stranger to the rambling life. Living in a van with only his dog Willow for companionship, LeMieux is moved to the brink of suicide. Struggling with depression and unable to find medical help, LeMieux travels from one town to the next, finding a renewed sense of community and purpose amongst the similarly hard-up friends and acquaintances he meets along the way.

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Compelling look at homelessness

This book is a very engrossing look at homelessness, from the point of view of a man who had everything, lost it all, and somehow regained hope again. His depiction of life on the streets, the network of people - the chance encounters, the long-term relationships - was beautifully rendered. Some portions of this book made me laugh; others made me cry. With beauty, grace, humility, and grit, Richard LeMieux captured my heart and made me question my beliefs about the homeless in my own little slice of Canada.

Dick Hill did a wonderful job with this book, in my opinion. Based on many of the reviews I have read of his performances, this is a narrator many either love or strongly dislike; Breakfast at Sally's is a good book to introduce you to him.

This was not a book I could listen to all in one sitting - at points I was so moved or simply had to stop to digest what I was reading - but it is so well worth your time, money or credit.
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- Daryl

inspirational

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved the story I want to know more about the other characters It was a lot of bad language but it was not inappropriate however I had to turn my device down so my neighbors didn't hear the language. I already listened twice and probably will again. I
loved the dog too I did recommend it to a friend with a warning about the language


Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Richard was. but I loved "C" and Willow


Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No and I didn't like his voice but I got used to it and it finally did fit this story


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but I went to sleep and had to restart


Any additional comments?

When is the follow up book coming out. and yes keep Dick Hill as the reader

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- Alice "Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-13-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios