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The Fifth Vital

Narrated by: Mike Majlak
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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USA Today best-selling book!

Mike Majlak was a 17-year-old from a loving middle-class family in Milford, Connecticut, when he got caught up in the opioid epidemic that swept the nation. For close to a decade thereafter, his life was a wasteland of darkness and despair. While his peers were graduating from college, buying homes, getting married, having kids, and leading normal lives, Mike was snorting Oxycontin, climbing out of cars at gunpoint, and burying his childhood friends.

Unable to escape the noose of addiction, he eventually lost the trust and support of everyone who had ever loved him. Alone, with nothing but drugs to keep him company, darkness closed in, and the light inside him - the last flicker of hope - began to dim. His dreams, potential, and future were all being devoured by a relentless addiction too powerful to fight.

Despair filled him as he realized he wasn't going to survive. Somehow, he did. He not only survived, he thrived. Now, he's a social media personality with millions of followers and an entrepreneur, marketer, podcaster, YouTuber, and author who hopes to use his voice to shine a light for those whose own lights have grown dim. This is his story.

©2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford (P)2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford

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Just WOW.

We're all so proud of you Mike! It's so crazy to imagine how one could turn their life around from the stories you told to the life you're living now. Just waiting for the moment this becomes a movie. Highly recommended to any reader regardless of where you are in your life.

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  • 24-07-2020

life changing book

loved the book! A truly life changing story... Thanks for this master piece. Much love

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  • roxie
  • 23-07-2020

Great story

Bought this on Apple Books and had to get it here on audible also, it’s a great listen

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  • Mohammad Haras
  • 08-08-2020

Good listen

Overall really good book, crazy stories, and amazing come back in life. I hope this book becomes a movie.

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  • Dorothea Malcolm
  • 05-08-2020

Great book/reading

I’ve listened to this book in full, and believe that If anyone is going through a tough time in their life that includes bad addictions like what was mentioned in this story, I believe that they should for sure give this book a chance, because I think it’ll help them through it and change them for the better. I’m happy that Mike mustered up the strength to write this book, and read it for Audible. Mike, you’re a strong, and good man, I highly commend you for making it through what you’ve been through. I do highly recommend this book, even if you’re not going through a tough time, it’s a good read/listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-2020

Wonderful Book

Congratulations Mike. This is such a great book. Talking about real life events & struggles people go through. I’m glad you made it out of that tough time in life.

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  • Broghen Lewallen
  • 04-08-2020

Powerful

I'm not too much of an emotional guy, but I almost cried multiple times. Phenomenal.

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  • luis
  • 04-08-2020

Great book

Great book would recommend to anyone. Really helpful to understand different prospective on drugs depression and their effect on someone and their loved ones. Caused me to reflect and try to be a better person myself. Thanks mike for the great book.

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  • Austin Summers
  • 01-08-2020

wow

best damn book I've ever read. I couldn't stop listening and was on the edge of my seat

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2020

Fucking amazing story. I couldn't stop listening.

I loved this book. It was a story of someone life and family's lives destroyed by drugs and recklessness. Turned 360 degrees around into triumph and redemption. definitely worth a listen.

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  • RachelB
  • 31-07-2020

To mike

thank you for you everlasting words that will reverberate through the many lives it touches.

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  • Cody owen
  • 08-08-2020

Helps a lot

Speaks a lot to me considering I’ve only started to just got over my own substance abuse.

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  • 04-08-2020

fantastic inspirational read💗💗

I couldn't put the book down! I'm certain using your horrific inspirational life story will help a lot of people avoid makeing the same mistakes as you, you walked the path so many wont have to!! you deserve all the success you've now earned, I know i will refer to some of your advice in this book as i go forwards in my own life's journey 💗💗thankyou marie from the UK xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2020

really enjoyed the book.

very honest from mike with some great stories and a great message. recommend highly. very good

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  • Em
  • 01-08-2020

fifth vital

amazing book loved Mike's story and his journey as a youtuber to a writer and his life before beautiful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2020

This is a game changer

This book is amazing, learnt soo much about mikes story and about myself. Thank you so much for this!

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  • Steven O'Brien
  • 29-07-2020

Wow

I had no idea who mike was or anything about him but his story is one of the most honest well written accounts of how someone’s life can go down so many different paths and shows no matter how bad you think your situation is it will get better if you want it to

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-2020

5 stars

congratulations on beating addiction. I was looking for this book to come out on audible.