• Confessions of a Caffeine Addict

  • By: Marina Kushner
  • Narrated by: Sarianna Gregg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-07-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: scr, inc
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (75 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Ishabelle Torry on 10-05-14

The reality of caffeine addiction...

Would you listen to Confessions of a Caffeine Addict again? Why?

No. Although it was enjoyable, I have no need to listen to it again. I would, however, recommend it to others.

What did you like best about this story?

The emotion and real life language used within.

Which character – as performed by Sarianna Gregg – was your favorite?

I do not have a favorite. I appreciate the narrator's unique voice to each character, including the accents and lingo.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not have an extreme reaction to this book, but I listened intently and enjoyed it's narration very much.

Any additional comments?

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 04-19-15

Well Considered and amusing

Would you consider the audio edition of Confessions of a Caffeine Addict to be better than the print version?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of a Caffeine Addict?

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.

What about Sarianna Gregg’s performance did you like?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

An excellent tale that I would gladly recommend to anyone.

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5 out of 5 stars
By V Bodurova on 09-29-14

Read this and take control over your life!

If you could sum up Confessions of a Caffeine Addict in three words, what would they be?

informative, mind-blowing, emotional

What other book might you compare Confessions of a Caffeine Addict to, and why?

Self-help books

What does Sarianna Gregg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator brings the different characters to life.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Caffeine poison

Any additional comments?

With the risk of sounding like one of the stories in the book . . . I love coffee. There have been times in my life when coffee was a food to my body and soul. I never though I'm addicted to it, but truth be told I still make coffee first thing in the morning even before I brush my teeth. After listening to the audio book I look at my coffee cup with mistrust and fear. What if my mood swings, the edginess and the sharp tongue are all due to my caffeine consumption. I still see my mothers shaking hands and the cup of coffee in them.
Read this! Change your life! Take control!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Louisa Mullerworth on 09-25-14

This is an Amazing anthology!

Well, I am not usually one for these kinds of stories but this one caught my attention, and I am so glad it did! It has been a long time since I have been drawn in by so many different stories, all of which are unique but surround the same subject... Caffeine. As a prolific coffee drinker myself I am all too aware of how it can induce some rather nasty side effects. But, to put it simply, WOW!

Confessions of a Caffeine Addict is just that, 40 rather remarkable stories about addiction to caffeine products. Simple right? Not so much, this entire anthology has been narrated expertly. Each and every story can induce an incredible reaction; sometimes laughter, sometimes contemplation and sometimes even tears.
Some of these kinds of books can come across a little preachy, ‘You must not do this’, ‘This is bad for you’, but not Confessions of a Caffeine Addict. It is more like listening to friends tell you about old times, when they had done something rather silly. You become so drawn in that you forget you don’t actually know these people!

Without a shadow of a doubt, this should be on everyone’s ‘MUST READ’ or even ‘MUST LISTEN’ list. We all have that friend who drinks far too much caffeine to the point they have to think about blinking... And if you don’t, it is you. I would suggest quietly gifting it to them, maybe for their birthday or ‘non-birthday’.
Enjoy it folks, this is a rare one. A work of art which will entertain and educate you!

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