What goes on inside our own minds will often be our undoing....
He had not always been such a lost cause. Not long before life was consumed by the poisonous chemicals that pumped through an addict's body, he was an active participant in what was considered society; with a beautiful wife, a home, a decent career. To an outside observer, life seemed perfect. But this story isn't a happily-ever-after fairy tale. It's the darkest parts of life, an internal battle of demons and, maybe, redemption.
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Addiction is Terrifying
This book won't be for everyone - it isn't a simple listen. It requires that the listener really, well, listen throughout the book. I can see ways where Hoyt could have made the book simpler and easier to follow and I know exactly why he didn't do that. Listening to the book (or reading it) was supposed to make the reader feel as confused, lost and alone as the protagonist. This book follows an addict in his downward spiral towards violence and death; it doesn't always go in chronological order.
I think this book was well crafted and it left me feeling the way the author intended - flustered and anxious. A lot of reviews said this story was told badly but I think that the readers were just experiencing exactly what the author intended and didn't like it. If you're going to listen to this book, be prepared to enter the mind of an addict, and to live uncomfortably there throughout the duration of the book. The concept is cool and the execution works! I would recommend this book to readers who like something unique, outside of the box.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Tad B.
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