• by David Sheff
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science - not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking.
These facts are the foundation of Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve-Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in. But it is also a book for all of us - a powerful rethinking of the greatest public-health challenge of our time.


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Customer Reviews

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Unbearable narration

Would you try another book from David Sheff and/or Jeff Cummings?

Not by Jeff Cummings.

Has Clean turned you off from other books in this genre?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is unbearable. When the story tells me a mother is speaking I don't need the narrator to put on a female voice. When the story tells me a father is speaking about his sons addiction I don't need the narrator to imitate desperation (very badly) in a slightly different voice. I KNOW FROM THE CONTEXT.
I am returning this book.

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- John

I couldn't finish it because of the performance...

What made the experience of listening to Clean the most enjoyable?

Hearing stories of addiction.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

Not too technical for me.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Cummings’s performance?

There's this weird thing with some voiceover artists where they feel every single character needs a "different" voice, but their versions of those voices are annoying and odd.There seems to be a weird "female" voice affected by some male narrators that doesn't sounds like any female voice I've ever heard. It's really hard to focus through that weird affectation.Even some of the "male" voices are achieved by trying to speak in a lower voice, but it just comes off as amateur.I wish people would just read the book and not worry so much about changing their voice. Or...if they ARE going to change their voices for each character, they should be careful of not making every female character sound like a wimp and deep-voiced male character sound inauthentic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No...and due to my annoyance with the reader, I don't plan to finish. I only made it to chapter 3.

Any additional comments?

I have to listen more closely to the samples before I but an audiobook. This disappointment happens often enough that it's starting to make me wary.

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- Daya Curley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio