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I Am a Heroin Addict

Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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Heroin is a Beast, and that Beast has infiltrated every town and city in America. The Beast has come for your sons and daughters. The Beast is hunting for your fathers and mothers. And that Beast has only one mission, to bury as many Americans as possible.

I Am a Heroin Addict is the story of how Ritchie Farrell survived a ten-bag-a-day heroin habit to become a best-selling author, WGA screenwriter, and recipient of the prestigious du-Pont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Ritchie Farrell (P)2018 Tantor

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Thoroughly captured my attention. Fascinating

Farrell's attention to detail is commanding. Fascinating view into the world of heroin addiction. His post addiction achievements are phenomenal. Narration was sublime. Cohen's subtlety is a masterwork.

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  • dmcstudent
  • 30-10-2018

Well done!

This is by far the best book of an addiction story yet. The story kept me drawn in. The reader was excellent. It was as if the reader was living this story and taking me along day by day. Best book I’ve read in a long time.

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  • Daniel
  • 09-07-2019

Phenomenal Story

great analogies, phenomenal writing and touching story. I am thrilled to hear his next book.

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  • David
  • 05-08-2020

Have lived with this issue and the Lowell detox

Great way of telling how your life really is being sober for 20 years I thank god every day for that listening to this keeps it fresh and in front of my mind how I am one bad decision away from that life again and having been to the Lowell detox he discusses how the place was it is closed now but I will not be upset that I read this book

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  • colleen white
  • 19-02-2020

great story

I have 6 years clean. I enjoyed this man's journey . it was enjoyable. I couldn't stop till it finished

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  • nathan martin
  • 23-10-2020

accurate

this book was probably one of the best of the listen to in a long timeI was shocked at how descriptive and accurate everything was. I can remember having a lot of the same thoughts getting clean and those feelings reminded me of why I have to stay clean. I'm a grown man 33 years old the ending had me crying!

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  • Harley's Finery
  • 23-07-2020

Could've Been Better

Ugh the narration in this book...! Literally so melodramatic and whining that listening is a chore. I will try to finish in a few days and add on to this review. If you don't see more written, it's because I couldn't psych myself up enough to listen. Sorry!

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  • Melissa Maloney
  • 05-04-2020

Raw Emotions

Great narration. The author helps the reader understand the true grip that heroin has over an addicts mind. I’m a father of an addict, so this truly hit home for me. Well done!!

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  • Jessica R.
  • 29-01-2020

Devastation

Not the story but the epidemic that I know too well from the outside. Watching my ex husband being our entire lives to ruin, to get clean and watch him try and drown me once more even unmarried is devastating. The sea of lies, loss, the never-ending cycle, the stigma that is unfairly given to the family left in ruins behind is unfair. I make no excuses for his choices and I don't hate him, but I will drown in his obvious self- destructive choices. I call her Lady H, the demon spirit he cherishes above all else, he breathes her in and out, she is constantly whispering to him, eventually consuming him like the beautiful mermaid, sirens out to see. He has laughed with, cried with and fought those blinding and deafening demons passed down by his father, n undesirable inheritance when he overdosed, and I unfortunately see the some inheritance being chained to our boys and I do pray, and pry harder. The intro is so defining, the attitudes and he stories very real. The struggle is consuming and you are brave to willing overcome such struggles and move forward to help those you can in a way that you are capable of. If not for the addicts, as an ex-wife, survivor~ barely, I appreciate the canidency as hard as it was to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2019

Loved it!!!! Related way too much

took place in the same town the author and i were born and raised in the same city and know family members of each otherz It was crazy i found out he was in the movie also takes place in "Mill city" The Fighter and screenwrote High on Crack St. The lowell,MA documentery . Im a huge fan

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  • Orla C.
  • 13-08-2020

amazing

loved it. Great listen. helps to understand addiction and road to recovery. give it a go.