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Mayhem

A Memoir
Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Mayhem by Sigrid Rausing, read by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

A searingly powerful memoir about the impact of addiction on a family.

In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened to her brother and his wife.

In Mayhem, she asks the difficult questions those close to the world of addiction must face. 'Who can help the addict, consumed by a shaming hunger, a need beyond control? There is no medicine: the drugs are the medicine. And who can help their families, so implicated in the self-destruction of the addict? Who can help when the very notion of 'help' becomes synonymous with an exercise of power; a familial police state; an end to freedom, in the addict's mind?'

©2017 Sigrid Rausing (P)2017 Penguin
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3 out of 5 stars
By Anita on 08-02-2018

A slow and steady recount of a tragic story

I hadn't heard of this story or the events surrounding the family. So I found it challenging to persevere with interest that I might otherwise have had if I had seen the tabloids. By the end though, it was clear this story was written for the author to process her own experience and it did a gentle and lovely job of that.

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4 out of 5 stars
By anonymous on 12-09-2017

Haunting

Maggie Gyllenhaal superbly narrates this haunting and tragic story that leaves its mark on the listener

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3 out of 5 stars
By ania on 07-01-2020

Boring

The author clearly knows how to write but she also writes in a way that makes difficult for a reader to emotionaly connect with the story. The book is more a collection of her thoughts than an involving story. Also, the summary of the book is somehow misleading as it is more the story of the author than of her addicted brother. Great narrator though !

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hannah on 13-08-2018

A classic

Exquisite writing. A sensitive, moving, dignified account of family tragedy. Silken threads unwind and draw you on to the end.

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