A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.
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"This book should come with a Warning"
I couldn't get through it and got stuck at the horror show of his pet experience. No need to terrorize yourself if you are a lover of animals and small children.
As someone who has read all of Augusten Burroughs books and loved his style and wry observations, this mess came as a shock. It's bad beyond belief, and seems to be written by someone other than the careful and witty author we've come to know. Mr. Burrough's self-pitying has lost its charm. Perhaps he's tapped dry his own life as his major source of literary acumen. He definitely needs to get a grip. Hopefully, he will move on to greener fields. His sharp sense of human frailties needs new targets. His family deserves a rest.
this book is perfect, beautiful...i had a hard time with the first few minutes because it's not what i expected - but, i continued on an was mesmerized.
try his brother's book: "look me in the eye" if you liked "wolf at the table". it will fill some of the gaps.
i hope that if the author himself reads any of these reviews he can see that he has at least touched one reader with the audio version, and certainly the book itself.
Be ready for a very intense experience.... I will remember this book every time I think back about a less than perfect, verging on dysfunctional childhood, and note that, compared to this one, mine was mild! Many Thanks to this author for an honest account of a truely dysfunctional childhood... None of us can really use our chidhood as an excuse to fail, now can we......
I really liked this book. I actually read Running with Scissors and I could not get into it (I saw the movie too and was not that interested in it either). My sister was telling me about this book so I decided to try it out. WOW, I was enthralled with the story as it unfolded and it clarified A LOT of what happened in Running with Scissors.
A horrible tale of a miserable childhood, told in a psychiatrist's-office-confessional style. It took me a long time to get past the author's voice and the stylization of the production, but ultimately this book was strongly affecting. If Augusten Burroughs truly lived through what he describes in this book, he is a much stronger being than most of us. I, for one, don't think I would have made it.
"A narcissist looks back"
The only thing more appalling than the horrific family events Burroughs recounts is the cloying, narcissistic, self-cherishing way Burroughs narrates. Every word is lovingly wrapped in self-admiring cotton ("I wrote this word!" "I chose this word!" "I can't believe myself!"), which is not only tiring: it breaks the flow of narration. I was finally able to accommodate myself to this unnecessarily drawn-out style of speaking, and the book manages to come through as a sad, frightening and sympathetic self-portrait.
It took me a while to buy into the tone and premise of this memoir, with its haunting sound edits and frankly disturbing musical accouterments, and the dirge-like pace of the author's narration. Agreed, this is not the funny, witty, ironic Augusten we have come to know and love, the Augusten who has over the past few years or so managed to make lemonade out of lemons.
But after staying the course with Augusten there was much relatable material, and the narration of his terrifying family life resonated deeply within.
Additionally, I found that AB's pushing the limits of the audiobook format to be a refreshing and unexpectedly valid use of the medium. I did feel that he could have dialed down the drama in his narration, however, and picked up the pace somewhat, as his words speak so eloquently unassisted. That is the only reason for my "3 out of 5" rating.
"Ugghhh, I Just Can't Take It -- It's Torture"
I've listened to all his other books in order up until now, and though I thought Sellevision was fairly weak, and Possible Side Effects was just fairly pointless stories with supposedly pithy or twisty endings that were neither, this one is interminable.
I tried. I just can't take the unnatural cadence of Mr. Burroughs' delivery. He went from being naturalistic in his previous books to bad acting for effect in this one.
I had to quit after trying the first few chapters over and over for weeks. Just couldn't get into it.
I look forward to what he does in the future, but this is a definite one to skip.
"Exciting Listen With Great Narration"
This audiobook was a well executed production. The author's emotional narration was intense and capatavating. Great supplement to Running With Scissors. The epilogue explaining the original music used in the production was also very interesting. I highly recommend this listen.
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