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Chasing the Scream Audiobook

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

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Publisher's Summary

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries entirely through the stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade - and it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war - in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This audiobook will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial - and consequential - questions of our time.

©2015 Johann Hari (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Doctor 29/01/2015
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    "Brilliant and telling.."

    A book about some uncomfortable realities we've still to face in society. A well researched and well documented history of what most consider just part of every day life.

    If I could slap down a book in front of every person in power, as a final wish, and tell them to read (or listen) it from cover to cover it would be this one.

    I've always been against prohibition ever since I'd come into contact with those affected by it, but only for a select few substances. I thought this book would be 14 hours of preaching to a choire, but even then I was still challenged by the stories and experiences presented in this book.

    I managed to plow through this in only a few days or so. The narrative was compelling enough for me to have to try and force myself to find time away from it. An addiction one might say.

    Every anti prohibitionist, no matter your tastes or distaste in narcotics, should give this one a shot and pass on it's message.

    We've got a lot of growing to do as a society, and I firmly believe this book and all parties involved in the creation of this book are the way forward.

    I'd even go so far as to buy a physical copy of this book and pass it on to my local representatives and see if their perspective on what has been commonly portrayed as a very binary discussion change as much as mine have. I hope others around the world might feel the same way after having experienced this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MsJAIG 19/01/2016
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    "Informative. Gives Hope for the Future."
    What did you like most about Chasing the Scream?

    In-depth and up-to-date information and questions regarding many aspects of the current 'Drug War' crisis we face today. Exhaustive research including experiments and projects included, in detail, provide food for thought and were extremely interesting.This audio book gave me hope for positive change in upcoming years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing the Scream?

    The story about the woman who lost her child to the 'Drug War' and the lengths she went to for justice, which was not done.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was easy to listen to and understand. The inflection in his voice enabled longer periods of time to listen without tuning out or daydreaming which can happen when listening to audio books occasionally.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this book in a relatively short time span. I 'MADE' time to listen. I found myself discussing this book with my teenage sons and their friends when I wasn't listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book if you have an interest in the ongoing 'Drug War' occurring in many countries, or if you or a loved one, friend or family member affected by drugs. Great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Biseth 13/12/2015
    Heidi Biseth 13/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Mind blowing!"

    A mind blowing story! Very convincing. I have to revise my own thoughts on the matter and bring it up with my close relatives affected by this war. The narrator did an impressive job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaitlin 12/11/2016
    Kaitlin 12/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great read"

    This book is an amazing insite into the drug war. very informative, very interesting, so much covered!! a truely great book I will be suggesting to many people
    guess only downside is there is so much information it can be a tad hard to stay engaged but obviously due to the subject matter (there is no solution to that, there's just so many stories to be told). I found the beginning was abit hard to get in to (like many books or stories) but 100% worth pushing thru.
    thank you very much for this book!!
    10/10

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    aaron 16/07/2016
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    "loved it"

    must read .very informative.legalise all drugs and educate rather than imprisonment. addicts have rights to

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    Robert 27/06/2016
    Robert 27/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant ! A true game changer"

    I would and am recommending this book to everyone I talk to , it's the only way forward , it opened my eyes and changed my mindset on a lot of issues . Johann hari this book is a great service to society ! Well done and thank you

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    Amy 02/06/2016
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    "Fabulous and Factual Storytelling"

    I can not fault this book. Well researched and told with true empathy and compassion. It's a fabulous insight into how we think about drugs and the quality of life we want for our loved ones and wider society. I have been recommending this book to everyone I know!

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    lukewalker36 13/04/2016
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    "Confronting and Enlightening, Highly Recomended"
    What made the experience of listening to Chasing the Scream the most enjoyable?

    The real story. Joining all the dots over 100 years of prohibition. The war on drugs is and always was a complete failure, costing so many lives and so much money. The war is lost. This book gives solutions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing the Scream?

    Addiction is simply a lack of connection to other people. 80% of drug users will not form an addiction. People with painful pasts are most susceptible to addiction.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Excellent stories. Easy read/listning.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    To eliminate drug cartels, change drug laws.


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    Cassy 21/02/2016
    Cassy 21/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "very interesting"

    I found this very interesting and a real mind changer in the way we look at drugs and those that use them.

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    Carl Jones Footscray, VIC, AU 15/11/2015
    Carl Jones Footscray, VIC, AU 15/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "An amazing journey"

    If you weren't into legalising all drugs before, you will be after reading. Well worth the read.

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  • Drake
    Honolulu, HI, United States
    24/04/16
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    "This is worth your time...."
    Any additional comments?

    I am a physician who has practiced a specialty of internal medicine for over 30 years.if you want advice: you should absolutely hear this book.The author makes a compelling case that most, if not all, drugs should be legalized and regulated.I believe that marijuana, opiates, cocaine and methamphetamine cause more harm than good when used recreationally.(Methamphetamine is especially harmful and is a common cause of heart failure and death in long-term users.)Nevertheless, the author has persuaded me that the harm caused by Prohibition and the War on Drugs is not worth the social benefit.Increasing numbers of young people are dying of narcotic overdoses. (Read the excellent Dreamland by Sam Quinones.) With enlightened policies that have worked for example in Switzerland – this can be stopped.Drug-related crime of all kinds – from the many thousands of horrific murders caused by the Cartels to petty theft to help support a habit – could be markedly reduced by legalization. The police could concentrate on criminals doing real social harm. The prisons would not be overflowing with those being brutalized for largely victimless crimes. The money spent arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning drug users could be spent with much greater social benefit. You will learn that many of our drug policies have been founded on ignorance and prosecuted with ulterior motives.There are aspects of this book that I disagree with. The author is not a physician and he has chosen his medical experts selectively. I believe he underestimates the power of "chemical hooks” to disrupt the human reward system and subvert the will.On the whole, he gives much credence to a lack of social connection and past psychotrama as the cause of drug abuse and addiction. I think he probably overemphasizes this influence. There are significant genetic factors that predispose to substance abuse and addiction – this is clearly true with alcohol for example. When susceptible humans meet easily available drugs there is likely to be trouble —and we must accept and be ready to cope with that fact. He freely admits that ending prohibition will probably increase the use of drugs of all sorts. But the drugs will probably be less potent and less dangerous. And the conditions of their use can be better regulated.Mental Health Services (which have not achieved the same scientific foundations or effectiveness as the rest of medicine) and other social services would be significantly challenged by legalization. They could at least be better funded and possibly evolve their effectiveness with the windfall of money not wasted on prohibition.All this said, he has convinced this skeptic that legalization and regulation is the better path. I suspect he will also convince you.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • P. Smith
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    4/02/15
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    "A Must if the drug war has touched you at all"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This should be required reading for anyone directly involved in the drug war. It is told in an extremely compelling fashion, and in great detail. Despite this it never lags.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing the Scream?

    The history of how the US government destroyed medical treatment, for drug addicts WORLDWIDE.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Chino, the drug addict illegitimate child of an addict and her rapist father police officer.


    If you could give Chasing the Scream a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Truth is the first casualty in all wars.


    Any additional comments?

    If enough people read this book, and act on it, we can bring the problem of addiction under control, and restore a more peaceful society.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon Jones
    Geneva, Switzerland
    26/01/15
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    "Absolutely magnificent"

    A more inspiring and insightful book I cannot imagine. Brilliantly presented and truly earth shattering. I do so hope the influences of this well researched work reach far and touch the key people who are in positions to make changes in our society.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Stuart
    2/02/15
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    "Challenges many of my perceptions"

    As a recovered alcoholic and a clinical addiction counselor I'm having to look again at my own recovery and at the way I counsel others seeking recovery.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Scottsdale, AZ, United States
    17/02/15
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    "Beautifully written"

    The book is powerful. Extremely well researched. Changed everything I thought I knew about drugs and addicts. The author engages the reader from the first sentence to the last

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Keith Stout
    Utah
    17/02/15
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    "Great factual story"

    I am very impressed with the authors research on this matter. It has opened my eyes and my heart to a new way of thinking about the so called "War on Drugs". Having grown up in the 60's,70's & the 80's I see how a different approach to this would have had much better results. I have lost friends to drugs and would love nothing more than to see it controlled in this manner. I suggest this read to anyone who has been or is effected by drugs for that matter anyone period!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Deondre
    6/02/15
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    "Definitive story of "The war on drugs""

    Full of great historical and current stories of the creators and victims of our centuries old war on drugs. Astonishing to find that one man, Harry Anslinger, had so much to do with this disastrous global campaign.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    Allendale, MI, US
    30/04/15
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    "Blew my mind"

    after ensuring the bibliography wasn't filled with junk reports and checking facts with the drug guys and medical gals around campus for verification on dubious and surprising points, I can proudly proclaim that the big facts and figures are correct. I believe his worst infraction was screwing up someone's title or something insubstabtial like that.

    So, I'm inspired and fired up. Can someone tell me where the revolution is scheduled to be and if they have coffee there? I'll carpool if needed.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Titus
    18/02/15
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    "What an Awakening"
    Where does Chasing the Scream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book has opened my eyes to so much. I am grateful that I took a chance and read it. I feel everyone should read this book. My hope is that we all awaken to the truth and work together to change the laws that have caused all of the chaos across the world.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The story of the mother that walked across the desert to find her daughter's killer moved me to tears. It made me angry, sad, and motivated to join those that are taking a stand to stop the lies and injustice behind prohibition.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    I like how he kept the pace and could hold my interest as he took on the characters in different accents. I felt as though I could picture the people he was reading about.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A true call for change!


    Any additional comments?

    I am in love with this book. I appreciate that not only does it address the real issues behind prohibition, but it provides solutions. I love that I can look up all of the people discussed in this book and research independently about their role. This book is amazing and I pray that everyone reads it. I would love to sit with the author and many of the people in this book just to learn more.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Louwrentius
    28/01/15
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    "Moving story"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I do recommend this book to anyone. I have not used drugs myself ever but I am very interested in the story about how the whole world drugs came to be and how it originated.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephanie
    9/02/15
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    "Captivating and thought provoking"

    I am a fairly liberal person, not a drug user per-se but I have had my experiences and run-ins with drugs and the system in which they are demonised and scape-goated. This book forced me to review the way I viewed drugs, drug use and drug addicts and drove home some difficult to digest truths. Incredinly interesting, moving, disturbing, liberating, everyone should read this book no matter how they feel about drugs, and I think we as a society will get there in the end - to the place this book so convincingly argues us to go.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    28/05/15
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    "Inspirational"

    One of the most inspirational, unbelievable yet shockingly real books I have ever encountered. This book will shake you to the core and either reinforce your beliefs about drugs - or change them. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    24/05/15
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    "Epic"

    Amazing!!!! You must download. If you feel anything about drugs this book will blow your mind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robin
    12/06/16
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    "Everyone should read or listen to this book."

    Chasing the Scream breaks down our societal assumptions about the dangers of drugs with a fascinating investigation which spans history, the animal kingdom, criminality, and individual stories of those worse affected by the war on drugs. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ricky
    6/06/16
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    "Sense and sensibility."

    A shining light of hope for much and many. Researched and written superbly. The performance of the narrator is brilliant, names are made characters and characters protagonists and heroes, villains and normal people - all are written, represented and respected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • markj
    7/05/16
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    "The story you were never told"

    This is an in-depth and highly thought-provoking examination of the so-called 'war on drugs' of the past century. You will not think about drugs in the same way after this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Renata
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    27/04/16
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    "Important, essential, informative."
    If you could sum up Chasing the Scream in three words, what would they be?

    Important, essential, informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Johann Hari gives us an in depth look at how badly we have handled the situation with illegal drugs and the damage it has done to too many people. This book isn't about encouraging recreational or across the counter drug taking - He doesn't advocate drug taking at all but tries to give us a balanced look at what the War on Drugs really is and where it went wrong right from the outset.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favourite?

    The reading was well balanced and I thought I was listening to the author most of the time which I deduced as a good thing?


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I tried to remain unemotional about this subject but did find some of the stories sent me into a frustrated tizzy of hair-pulling for all sorts of reasons too long to detail as the stories were many.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you adamantly believe in the War on Drugs or believe in legalisation this book really will help you make an informed opinion on the subject. It is a very rational debate on the subject and the book should be an essential read for all those of reading and drug-taking age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lyra
    Portugal
    10/03/16
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    "The things I never knew!!!"

    Honestly, I thought I knew quite a lot about drugs on account of having experimented with a few; I also thought I knew about addiction through personal experience (with tobacco and also cannabis) and through the cases of two friends addicted to heroin. Yeah, right! There is so much more to it all. From the crazy determination of one man to rid the world of something he thought evil, to the fallacies about addiction, to the lies about what would happen to society if we went back to the time when drugs weren't illegal, to the human cost of a war that will never be won. Please read this book and recommend it to your friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. B. D. Henderson
    London, UK
    21/01/16
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    "One of the most important books of our times, about our times!"

    This is a wonderfully researched, written and presented exploration and expose of the beginning, middle and (hopefully) end of the war on drugs; it's misguided seed, destructive fruits and maybe a solution to all of the suffering it has caused...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KittyB
    Leeds
    19/02/15
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    "This book changed the way I think of drugs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chasing the Scream to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Tim Reynolds really makes Hari's story come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing the Scream?

    There were many! I wouldn't want to spoil the book either, as I found that finding out facts along with following Hari's journey added to the enjoyment of listening to it. When Hari visits Switzerland, and Portugal, the difference that their drug policy has made not only to individuals but to the nation as a whole was very striking. Also, finding myself thinking differently about a subject I thought I knew so much about was so mind opening. This book literally changed the way I think of drugs and drug policy, which I think in itself has to be a very memorable moment!


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favourite?

    Hari encounters many different characters on his journey, and each one is very striking in their own way. Hari does an excellent job of exploring the human side of this war on drugs. He doesn't concentrate too heavily on facts and figures, it is the people affected who are his main focus. I think Billie Holiday really stood out to me, but it would be unfair to pick just one, as each person's story is recounted so brilliantly, and each one thought provoking in their own way.


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend this book. It has changed the way I think about drugs and drug policy in ways I never thought were possible. This is an excellent book, and I also hope that governments pay attention to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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