This book is an anthology written by a diverse group of 40 individuals from around the world. They come from all walks of life, yet they are all united by the choices they have made. Confessions of a Caffeine Addict covers all major products including coffee, tea, yerba mate, energy and sport drinks, soda, caffeine pills, diuretics, medicine, chocolate, and other foods containing the drug.
All have acted from their hearts and here, they have written from their hearts, telling the stories of what brought them along to their own conclusions about their use of caffeine. This book was written to inspire more people to make informed choices, to know that their actions do make a difference, and to know that, in their efforts to tell their tales anonymously, that they are not alone.
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The reality of caffeine addiction...
No. Although it was enjoyable, I have no need to listen to it again. I would, however, recommend it to others.
The emotion and real life language used within.
I do not have a favorite. I appreciate the narrator's unique voice to each character, including the accents and lingo.
I did not have an extreme reaction to this book, but I listened intently and enjoyed it's narration very much.
These 40 stories of people who faced severe addiction to caffeine products, such as coffee and soda, are very well told. They range from a working mom who depends on coffee namely, to get through her busy day, to a truck driver who depends on caffeine to get the job done. Many of these stories end with a not so happy ending, ranging from health problems, to yes, even divorce.
Why I give this title 4 STARS: The entire book is very well written and told. I could feel the angst of the people as they relived their most horrid moments of addiction. This book definitely outlines the very real struggle many people face with addiction--especially an addiction that is often overlooked as an addictive substance. Anyone who is experiencing something similar would benefit from reading Confessions of a Caffeine Addict, as a way to see where their possible path may be going. It truly is a very thoughtful and insightful view on caffeine and its dangers.
However, one thing keeps me from giving a full 5 STAR rating--no solid evidence other than the testimonies of what the doctors and medical professionals told the storyteller. For me, I like to know the statistics with actual supporting, verified sources.
Regardless of this detail, I feel this book is a good read on the reality of caffeine addiction, and I highly recommend it.
- Ishabelle Torry
Well Considered and amusing
I would say the audio edition gave more of an insight into the characters feelings than a printed version would have. Primarily because I would have had to come up with my own mental voices for the characters & their woes.
When the realization that caffeine is in fact a drug finally dons on the characters I found it most amusing. Primarily because of the use of coffee in AA meetings globally.
The reading was intensely personal as though it was being told from the perspective of one who was going through the experience as opposed to one who was simply reading a story. I found that to be most gripping.
It made me hesitate to drink coffee as I listened. In fact at the moment I have become inclined to consume more fruited tea than before.
An excellent tale that I would gladly recommend to anyone.