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Nostalgia, entertainment and humor are possible side effects of listening to this audiobook. Burroughs delivers a slew of reflections about both serious and mundane aspects of his life. His style of delivery fluctuates from piece to piece so one is never sure what the theme or moral is until he finishes. When he's not highlighting the idiosyncrasies of humanity or his own eccentricities, he romanticizes life in New York City, plots John Updike's death and expounds upon the love of his partner or pets. Though his performance keeps listener's attention, it's far from stellar. He fluctuates with character accents. He voices all of his women in the same tone and quality. His overemphasis with expletives often detracts because it's not usually necessary; expletives will stand out on their own. His youthful voice does help legitimate the stories in that the experiences shared need vibrancy to imply truthfulness. Light and endearing with the occasional somber thought, this audiobook takes hold of listeners from the beginning and carries them through adventures and mishaps that prove worth the trip.
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Augusten Burroughs offers a post?James Frey "dishonesty disclaimer" (New York Times) at the beginning of Possible Side Effects, a provocation that has reviewers scouring the essay collection for signs of the improbable. Sure enough, there's plenty of material that fits the bill, but critics don't seem to mind the tall tales as long as they're in on the joke. The loudest complaints are that the new book mostly retreads the best-selling Running with Scissors (***1/2 Nov/Dec 2002) and Dry and that the quality of these "new" tales varies tremendously. Burroughs's knack as a humorist dampens some of the dissatisfaction, but it might be prudent for him to change his shtick for his next book.
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His books are intriguing, some better than others but maybe my expectations are high. Great writer
Looking forward to the next
Not as funny as his other books . I loved running with scissors and dry.Published 25 days ago by Annette
Got this book because I lent my copy and never got it back. That should tell you how good it is. Augusten Burroughs does it again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arms
Not his best work, like Magical Thinking, or Running with Scissors, but if you like Augusten, you will like this, therefore, worth a read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donald Jans author of Freaks I've Met
"Possible Side Effects" is a book of Burroughs' personal essays, as opposed to "Running with Scissors" or "Dry" which are memoirs, both of which I loved. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fayette F.
I love everything Augusten Burroughs writes. I devoured this book in a day. Many "LOL" moments as there always are. Anyone will enjoy this book.Published 6 months ago by Brooke Britten