Kindle Price: $5.99

Save $6.00 (50%)

Read this title for free. Learn more

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

OR
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Get the Free Kindle App

Enter email or phone number to get a link

Processing your request...

Heroin, Hurricane Katrina, and the Howling Within: An Addiction Memoir Kindle Edition

97 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$5.99

Length: 255 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg
The girls portrayed in this book are not resisting with weapons or spying: they are simply living their lives as boys. Learn more | See related books

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Eliza Player spent nearly ten years living in New Orleans, soaking up all the dirt and grime that the streets and her addiction had to offer, until Hurricane Katrina threatened that way of life forever. Since she came to her recovery, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, became a proud mother and wife, and has been writing about her past experiences in hopes to shed some light into places some feel are too dark. Come walk in her shoes...

Product Details


More About the Author

Eliza spent many years, slumming it up in New Orleans, heavy lidded with drugs and alcohol until Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city, changing her life forever. She has been clean for six years and hopes to share her story of addiction and recovery with the world.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Prin on September 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was very intrigued by the title of this book for two reasons. First, I live and lived during Katrina in Walker, Louisiana about 60 miles from New. Orleans. Secondly, we lost my husbands son, my stepson to a massive drug overdose in 2009. Eliza is very typical of the young girls you see on the streets of New Orleans, they have a "lost" look about them, maybe a little too loud or nodding, and a look of desperation in their eyes thinking of where they will find the money for and their next fix. To think that she and her friends rode that hurricane out so doped that they didn't even know what happened was very wild, how doped they must have been. We all heard about the looters on TV but to think about the pharmacy being looted just blew my mind. How I don't know b/c I know if Joey (stepson) had a chance to loot for drugs he would be the first one in. Being picked-up and taken to a state where they had no family or friends could have been a chance to start over but things just went differently. The story of Eliza's trying so hard to become clean but over and over slipping back was a familar scene to me. Eliza's spirit was beaten time and time again. For Eliza to end up in the place she is now made my spirit soar. One of the good ones made it...I am proud of you Eliza. I look at Eliza's picture on her webpage and thank God that beautiful, beautiful young lady will now live the life God has planned for her. I am proud of you Eliza and although I don't personally know you, I love you. I think that anyone who reads her story will find themselves loving her too. Please read the book...it is so worth your while.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A.M on August 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Memoirs tend to go one of two ways...good or bad with little gray area. This one is on the side of good to the point I couldn't put it down! Bluntly honest, bittersweet and written so well you find yourself reading in a New Orleans accent!

I was over joyed that the author made the book relevant to those who haven't faced an addiction problem themselves, but still painted a clear picture of the emotional and physical pain of someone living with this affliction!

Please take the time to read this book,and tell all of your friends sorry in advance; you won't be talking to anyone until you finish the last word!
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SCB on March 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm convinced that no better account of ground level addiction exists. Told with an excruciatingly beautiful level of prose that captures the shine and the underlying grime of New Orleans and the atmosphere on the street as Hurricane Katrina advanced, Eliza Player takes the reader with her on arduous journey through heroin addiction, and leaves nothing untouched. She takes you through the intricacies of the street, the hustle, the characters, the shady locales, and situations, while perfectly capturing the scene and the mood of her world throughout it all. From "...before the storm." and the fight of an addict just after, to evacuation, new life, insanity, and back again, this memoir of an ex-New Orleans heroin addict is an absolute 'must read' for anyone interested in not just addiction and/or recovery, but life, and redemption, and the struggle, and the stories that shape who we become.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.S. on August 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Great read, couldn't put the book down once I picked it up. The author does a great job of taking you through her journey through 'hell and high water'. Really puts you in the turmoil that addiction can put you through. Takes you through the emotional roller coasters of addiction and the emotions that were experienced in the aftermath of Katrina. Highly recommend it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SkinnySteve on July 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is without a doubt the greatest book I have ever read about heroin addiction since Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries". As a heroin addict myself I could relate to each and every word this girl said!!! Most books on addiction tend to get preachy and tell you how horrifying the addiction is and how terrible drugs are but not this one. She talks about shooting up like it is an art form and although heroin is a terrible drug, like all of us she expresses love it. A love that can never be matched but must never be revisited in fear of death.

If you have never used drugs before then you still will enjoy this book. Player does a great job describing what it is like. However if you are like me and have and still am struggling with heroin addiction this book will blow you away .
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie on November 17, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Really great. These types of books are my favorite because I've lived it. I'm not sure if someone who has never experienced heroin addiction would enjoy this book as much as someone who has. "Enjoy" isn't actually the correct word. But it's so engaging and also a relief to know that there are others that have been to the bottom before.
There is something so intriguing when you get to live through someone else's lowest point in life. Makes you feel not so bad about yourself and your horror story.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sunray on August 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Thanks Eliza for sharing your story. I recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand and believe in the human spirit. Truth flows through this book, baring the mysteries of the sunken avenues and addictions of New Orleans after Katrina. For anyone ever brushed or engulfed by the flames of addiction, singed or scarred, you will recognize and remember her story as your own. Beyond the truth of death, no return and sacrifice there is hope.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?