Magical Thinking

  • by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by Augusten Burroughs
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places. With Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs goes where other memoirists fear to tread.


What the Critics Say

"This collection showcases Burroughs's sharp, funny and sometimes brilliant writing....Burroughs's smooth prose, peppered with charming and awkward moments, is occasionally reminiscent of David Sedaris and David Rakoff. But he's no imitator of those essayists. Rather, Burroughs ambles toward insight in a continual state of self-examination and just happens to have peculiar adventures along the way." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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He Tells It As It Is!

I ordered the book from Amazon and then found I could get it today (10-5-04) thru Audible. I had to erase David Sedaris from my MP3 player and settled in for a most wondeful night.

If you have not read Mr. B before, this is a funny, with dark tones, great book.

But, if you are like me, I not only read but listened to his all his books and more than once, and this is like a film-buff finding a long, director's cut of his favorite films.

It fills in little corners of his life with such richness of character that you can relate to his stories...who hasn't enrolled in a model school (I flunked an IBM School 'cause I didn't like being on the bus in the morning with commuters) and the Undertaker Story brings to mind a character from "Dry" to whom, for one, I always wanted to hear more about.

Mr. B actually will answer your E-Mail (don't expect a PenPal!) and I asked him why he never mentions his famous relative, William. I never forget his answer "I am not related to him!" (thank God you can't see a person turn red on the internet)

I have pushed his audio's on various people at work and was surprised when the young married ladies (27 - 40) thought he was hilarious.

Read the book and Buy and listen to him reading them. I love "Running With Scissors" I suppose best, but there are a couple of times in "Dry" (usually when I am in heavy traffic!) when I have cried, a lot.

"Magical Thinking" is so much fun and I just love being with him, again.

And now I am wondering when will his next book come out?

By the way, I started listening to this just as I was coming from having my 91 year mother commited to the Pysch Ward. It made me fill much better and more hopeful.
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- Jack

I learned a valuable lesson from this Audiobook.

If you don't know anything about the author or their work, listen to the sample first.

I was looking for something different to listen to and from the reviews it sounded like something I would enjoy, but I didn't find it interesting or funny and when he gleefully described trying to kill a white mouse that had the misfortune of finding itself in his bathtub I was disgusted.

There were some interesting parts like when he was in a Tang commercial as a kid but most were like the story he told about dating a guy who worked at funeral home. They left me thinking "So what?".
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio