A Million Little Pieces

Version: Abridged
Author: James Frey
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Self Development
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: April 2003
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, A Million Little Pieces is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. Recounted in visceral, kinetic prose, and crafted with a forthrightness that rejects piety, cynicism, and self-pity, it brings us face-to-face with a provocative new understanding of the nature of addiction and the meaning of recovery.

By the time he entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility, James Frey had taken his addictions to near-deadly extremes. He had so thoroughly ravaged his body that the facility's doctors were shocked he was still alive. The ensuing torments of detoxification and withdrawal, and the never-ending urge to use chemicals, are captured with a vitality and directness that recalls the seminal eye-opening power of William S. Burroughs' Junky.

But A Million Little Pieces refuses to fit any mold of drug literature. Inside the clinic, James is surrounded by patients as troubled as he is -- including a judge, a mobster, a one-time world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute to whom he is not allowed to speak - but their friendship and advice strikes James as stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover. James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions, and insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become - which runs directly counter to his counselors' recipes for recovery.

James has to fight to find his own way to confront the consequences of the life he has lived so far, and to determine what future, if any, he holds. It is this fight, told with the charismatic energy and power of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, that is at the heart of A Million Little Pieces: the fight between one young man's will and the ever-tempting chemical trip to oblivion, the fight to survive on his own terms, for reasons close to his own heart.

Reviews (65)

Written by Lucille C. on March 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Did not care for the writing style. Dont need to hear the same lines repeated numerous times. Fact that its not an actual non fiction book also devalues it for me.

Written by Eric Stone on August 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am Truely in love with this book and the narrator is Awesome in his tones and reading attitudes !!

Written by Lacey F. on July 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely loved this book . Could not put it down with life with addiction and other mental issues in a novel and profound way

Written by Julie V. on July 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Meh! I listen to the audio version. Narrator does a great job portraying his anger but the author never figures out what caused the anger issues or how he feels caused his addiction. and he is super repetitive.

Written by Anonymous on July 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Incredibly emotive narrator, made for a great listen!

Written by Samantha L. on February 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If I had to make a complaint then I guess I’d say that I really hated his relationship with Lily. There are also a ton of redundant words and sentences that were annoying to listen to but it’s a very good book. It’s dark and sometimes feels like something you shouldn’t be listening to but I’m glad I did.

Written by Felicia L. on December 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

i have read this book. I couldn't put it down. such a good read$


Written by Karla C. on July 1st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Disappointing to hear that this guy has no belief in a higher power, it doesn't have to be God you know, try NA, anything that keeps you from using is a power greater, your own thinking took you to the bar and the dope house and how can you not believe in the 12 steps if you never worked them, it would be interesting see how long he stays clean on his own

Written by Brandy S. on June 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

one of my favorite books ever.

Written by Jenna A on August 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Can't wait to read t all! Every book I've ever read from Oprah has been lovely. Wally Lamb! The Kite Runner! They're all great and this one sounds fantastic!

Author Details

Author Details

Frey, James

"Prior to Chaucer's time (with the notable exception of William Langland's Vision of Piers the Plowman), literary works were written in Latin. Chaucer is rightly remembered as the first major author to popularize the use of English in literature. "