A Wolf at the Table

  • by Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by Augusten Burroughs
  • 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Millions of listeners have been flat-out astonished, profoundly moved, and massively entertained by the writing of Augusten Burroughs. Now, with A Wolf at the Table - his first full-length memoir in five years - Augusten returns to his literary roots as one of the most famous memoirists of our time, yet he makes a quantum leap forward into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.Featuring exclusive, all new original songs by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson, and Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

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What the Critics Say

"There are books that were born for bells and whistles, and Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table is one....This fifth memoir of abuse and excess is read, bleated, rumbled and, at times, tearfully shouted by the author himself. The audio book...breaks new ground by presenting four songs written expressly for the production." (The Washington Post)
"Intense, sincere, and passionate, Burroughs offers a deeply felt, intimate portrait of the most disastrous period in his life. He holds nothing back, and in fully giving voice to his emotions, he makes each moment immediate for the listener." (AudioFile)

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Brilliant

It was an extremely powerful memoir told in a manner that was unlike anything I have read before. Admittedly it is dark, even sinister, but this is his story, his account, with his own unique perspective. He has a recognizable 'author voice' and I like that he does what he does.
I really enjoyed the work, in a weird way, (if you can say that reading about severe injustice against children is an enjoyable thing to do). It also remained very interesting throughout. There were no lulls in the narrative for me.

The events he speaks of have happened, do happen and will continue to happen. His father may not be there to argue his own case, but that is not to say it didn't happen. And anyway, he would never admit even if asked, upfront. They rarely ever do, if ever.
Some may find it hard to believe the truth behind his story, but what if he had never made a success of himself and he was telling his story to a psychologist while strung out on a concoction of drugs and suicidal? Would his story have any more gravitas, or veracity?
Let's not forget that sometimes truth is much weirder than fiction. MUCH WEIRDER. This may just be the case in question.
For me, the book was seemingly honest, sometimes absurd and, surprisingly, peppered with dry humour from time to time. A good device for giving the reader a rest, which is sometimes necessary. Mr. Burroughs knows how to pace his reader.
I hope you are reading this, because you deserve to know all this and feel good about putting your life out there for the world to experience.
Well done.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-04-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio