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What did you love best about Free Refills?
I read daily, but it has been a long time since I have read a book that I could not put down. I listened to the audio version of Grinspoon’s Free Refills and I found myself listening in my car in the driveway, while I was walking through the house, getting dressed, brushing my teeth, etc. I finished the 9-hour book in under 2.5 days. There are several things that I loved about this book. One is just the story and the wonderful writing. It is just a great read. Another is the honesty…it takes a lot of guts to be so candid about one’s mistakes in life. It is also an important book on the opiate problem that we are currently experiencing in our country. Lastly, as a physician myself, I feel that it is an important book to remind us all that doctors are people too, full of their own strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.
What other book might you compare Free Refills to and why?
Howard Schultz's "Onward" as another book in which someone is so honest and candid about their mistakes.
What about Kiff VandenHeuvel’s performance did you like?
His performance was just fine.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I like the scene where he finally, finally, really hit rock bottom as he was plunging the toilet and realized that his life had to change.
Any additional comments?
I hope Grinspoon writes more books!
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
The author loved to describe people in his life as fat, ugly, and everything in between. I was shocked at the racist descriptions, women with "leathery skin" ...this guy is obsessed with appearances. It was a good story but that felt so wrong.
14 of 17 people found this review helpful