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Hammered: Memoir of an Addict [Kindle Edition]

G.N. Braun
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Book Description

G.N. Braun led a life of addiction and slow decay. Drugs, crime and ennui pervaded every part of his day-to-day alienation. He dragged his way out of the pit without resorting to God or alcohol or any of the other crutches people commonly use. Here is his story. Pray your children don’t make the same mistakes...


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  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LegumeMan Books (February 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007F2851W
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grim Manual of Survival July 13, 2012
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Braun's story is brutal, honest and disturbing. It's the kind of frank account of a life derailed by so many factors you wonder if he had any choice but to become a drug addict. This is not a book you read for entertainment. You read it to remind yourself that maybe the choices you made in your own life aren't so bad.

Hammered differs from other great Junkie memoirs like William S. Burrough's "Junkie" or "Naked Lunch" in that Braun writes with a clear mind and a carefully recorded memory of what it is like to be dragged through life by a needle. The narrative style is close to Burroughs though; that easy almost deadpan recounting of just how horrific and all consuming addiction can be. Overall it is a grim manual on how to survive a life where nothing matters but the next fix.

I give it 4 stars for the clear, compelling, and utterly gripping story and a 5th star because the honesty of it left me shaken.

Hammered is the memoir that should be read by everyone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered: Creative Non-Fiction at its Best May 1, 2012
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Hammered: Memoirs of an Addict is written in a straightforward, almost novelistic style (the term these days is 'creative non-fiction') that neither romanticises/glorifies the world described nor moralises simplistically about it. The book spares us no punches as it explores the author's long-term addiction to a range of drugs including speed and heroin. The narrative voice is even and understated with very little 'telling' (read: 'extraneous moralising after the event') as Braun lures us into the strange twilight world that is Melbourne's underground drug culture - though this could be any major city on earth.

Braun builds our attachment to (and empathy for) the narrator via devices often used by fiction writers before proceeding to test that attachment/empathy as the narrator descends during his late teenage years into addiction and petty crime. Moral ambiguity abounds adding to the central drama and drawing us further into the text - provoking emotional identification at every turn.

The Central Victorian launch of Hammered (which I was lucky enough to attend)culminated in a Q & A session with the author in which he spoke about his wish that the book might help better inform not only those in the grips of life-threatening addictions but also their loved ones who are often in despair at the self-destructiveness often accompanying such conditions. 'If there is one thing I'd like loved ones to take from the book it's the message that you should never give up on a family member or friend going through these kinds of experiences ... no matter how far gone he or she may appear to be ..'

Braun's existential starkness reveals a deep humanity as well as a profound fascination with the puzzle that is humanity in extremis. This book has after-resonance - highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book about the Melbourne drug scene. October 18, 2013
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I don't normally write reviews but being a former heroin addict in Melbourne , I felt compelled to endorse this book. It is a frank honest look at the daily struggles in the life of an addict. The author also does not fall into the trap of a lot of these memoirs of sugar coating events , and or ,constantly justifying their actions. All in all , a great read from a talented author who has obviously lived through this hard and terribly painful life. Kudos to you Mr Braun
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful account on a life embroiled in addiction March 24, 2012
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G.N. Braun's account of drug addiction is a poignant work that looks at how easy it is to spiral out of control. Its a real life account that doesn't hold back. Once you start reading its hard to put down again. It also gives insight into the drug/dealer culture of the 90's & 00's in Melbourne. I highly recommend this read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks For Sharing Your Story December 9, 2014
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I love stories about addicts and drug rehabilitation. This one caught my eye due to it being a memoir and a true story about a man struggling with his addictions. I have huge respect for a person who is willing to share their story with the world, especially when it pertains to something like this - Let's face it, the writer doesn't come from a great past. Sharing his story is important for the horrible addiction disease that is growing more common everyday.

I really wanted to rate this 5 stars just for the reasons stated above, but due to several issues, I can't bring myself to give it the complete 5 star rating that it potentially could be worth if cleaned up. --- First off, there were some typo's that got distracting. I understand that the author is from Australia, but there were some grammatical issues that weren't due to different types of English styles. A few didn't bug me, but after awhile, it pulled me from the story. Secondly, there were parts that got repetitive. At one point, I turned my Kindle on to continue reading and thought that somehow, it had skipped back a few chapters, only for me to realize it was right where I left it, but a similar scenario was happening again.

The story is heartbreaking and I felt I was right beside the author with his struggle to get clean - toward the end, it was true to fashion in how addicts want to get clean but they continue to relapse and go right back to using. I was hoping that he'd eventually find the light at the end of the tunnel and stay sober, and I hope that is still true today for this man.

If you are into gritty, real life stories, this is good - I feel like it has potential to be a good, strong 5 star book if the author gets it edited and deletes some of the repetition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered: Memoir of an Addict
5 STARS.

I give 5 stars to every book I read, no matter who they are, whether they be Stephen King or Dostoevsky or G.N. Braun or any writer from A - Z. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
If you have ever been in recovery, you'll like this. He's one of the few that made it out alive after years of abusing speed and heroin. You know it was hard! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Macy721
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, well written and frightening re-telling of a ...
A clear, well written and frightening re-telling of a life of abuse and addiction. A book many parents, and teachers for that matter, should have on their reading lists.
Published 4 months ago by Ian Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
considering i am not a druggie, it was enlightening
Published 5 months ago by shirlncaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark, crazy, honest, heartbreaking. The guy ...
Stark, crazy, honest, heartbreaking. The guy really was out there. I say there's no bullpucky here, just mundane Australian hell.
Published 5 months ago by kriemhild85
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A little too long.
Published 6 months ago by James R. Kyler
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I thought that this was an awesome book for a junky tale. It certainly highlights the need for welfare reform!
Published 7 months ago by Marianne Mattingly
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring Read Littered With Typos
Being a fan of the genre, I wanted to like this book. I really did. But reading it became chiefly a lesson in what *not* to do when writing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tofulicious
5.0 out of 5 stars like the Titanic
You know when you watch a movie or read a book and it stays with you, like the Titanic, or Once Were Warriors? Well for me, Hammered is going to be one of those books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Author HMC
1.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't call this a memoir....
Quite a poor read. Very repetitive with not much substance to it. Would not recommend it, there are better books out there that actually help people understand this disease.
Published 9 months ago by Ariane Leochner
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More About the Author

G.N. Braun is an Australian writer raised in Melbourne's gritty Western Suburbs.
He is a trained nurse, and holds a Cert. IV in Professional Writing and Editing, as well as a Dip. Arts (Professional Writing and Editing).
At graduation, Braun was awarded 'Vocational Student of the Year' and '2012 Student of the Year' by his college.
He writes fiction across various genres, and is the author of short stories 'Boneyard Smack', 'Bubba wants YOU', 'Insurrection' (all available as free downloads from Legumeman Books), and 'Santa Akbar!' (published in Festive Fear: Global Edition, out through Tasmaniac Publications in Australia). He has a short story-'Autumn as Metaphor'-in the charity anthology Horror For Good ('Autumn' has now been reprinted four other times) and a short story-'Brand New Day'-in Midnight Echo #7, and has had numerous articles published in newspapers. He is the past president of the Australian Horror Writers Association (2011-2013), as well as the past director of the Australian Shadows Awards. He is an editor and columnist for UK site This is Horror, and the guest editor for Midnight Echo #9.
His memoir, Hammered, was released in early 2012 by Legumeman Books and has been extensively reviewed.
He is the owner of Cohesion Editing and Proofreading, and has now opened a publishing house, Cohesion Press.

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