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Hammered: Memoir of an Addict [Kindle Edition]

G.N. Braun
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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10 of 13 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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammered, Quieter than it's Title May 14, 2012
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"Hammered: Memoir of an Addict" is not the sort of read one would expect from such a title. After closing the last page of this book and setting it aside on my nightstand, all I could think about is how quiet and calm this book is, how utterly straight forward and honest a portrayal this is of one man's life steeped in the miasma of drug addiction and crime.

While most books of this nature tend towards the melodramatic, the romanticism and sometimes near glorification of the addict and the lifestyles of addicts and criminals, this memoir is true-to-life, not only because of the fact that it is the truth, but also because the tone in which it is written underscores the normalcy in which the addict finds himself after the experimentation phase is over and the addiction is day-to-day life. G.N. Braun takes no pains to romanticize his experience, nor to make his experience seem unique. To the contrary, his story is told in a way that is so matter of fact that there is only what is there: truth. Ugly, sometimes funny, painful, loving and struggling truth.

Most remarkable about this tale, given the genre, is that while Braun makes no excuses for his choices (although of course there are reasons people fall into these traps), he also doesn't make heavy apologies or confessionals about his experience. He simply tells it like it was, which, as an avid reader of memoirs, I appreciate enormously. It's often too easy for an author to stray from the facts and fall into the temptation of egocentric, long-winded, self-centered narration in books of this genre. Braun does none of that. The book is nearly minimalist in its realism.

I highly recommend Hammered: Memoir of an Addict to any and all who wish for a wide open view into another human being's life, without gilding, decoration, punch-pulling or the fastidious nitpicking that many a memoirist is guilty of.

I loved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 days ago by 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 23 days ago by Ariane Leochner
4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling insight into the cycle of addiction
Braun's retelling of a nearly thirty-year plunge to the depths of addiction and the subsequent struggle to resurface provides a terrifying look not just into the grimy underbelly... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Xzienne
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
simple read! interesting material but a 7year old could've written such a simple tale!
direct to the point, descriptive words are almost non-existent
Published 2 months ago by Amos
1.0 out of 5 stars ok
Very interesting but very sketchy. Not detailed and slow in some parts of the book. I'm glad I read it.
Published 3 months ago by Deven Merchant
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
The best drug memoir I have ever read. It is stark and uncompromising, honest and downright shocking at times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brodie Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammered - Review
To say that Hammered took courage to write is an understatement. To open up in the way that G.N. Braun has in this tell-all memoir is something that most of us simply could not do. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recovery story
Being an addict myself this i know it is possible to get and stay clean. This is a great book for the suffering or recovering addict as well as anyone who knows someone who is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
From Luke Davies' "Candy" to this, somehow Aussie dope fiends turn out much better memoirs than their American counterparts. This was excellent.
Published 5 months ago by TheBanshee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
it's an honest account of an addict. I was rooting for him to get clean every time he went to rehab.
Published 5 months ago by mandy b
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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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