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The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition

A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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In honor of the 10-year anniversary of The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx's definitive and best-selling memoir on drug addiction is now available on audio for the first time, read by Nikki Sixx! This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki's yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by 20 percent in the past year alone, Nikki's story of both his descent into drug-addled decay and subsequent recovery and transition into a rehabilitation advocate is now more relevant than ever.

When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days - sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers - in a coke and heroin-fueled daze.

The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.

Here, Nikki shares the diary entries - some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre - of those dark times.

Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and surprisingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom - and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.

©2007 Nikki Sixx (P)2017 S&S Audio

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What can I say...

...but wonderful! I had already read the original but the audio brings those words to life when read by Nikki himself. Plenty of new material too. The epilogue was really moving on so many levels: his intelligence, his determination, his search to contribute and not least his rallying cry for the true rock star in an age of blah, blah, blah (and that’s the sober Nikki talking). I’d say this would appeal to those who maybe aren’t Sixx fans sufficiently to want to read the book too. The male voice actor who did the other male characters was great: his Tommy, Vince and Slash were uncannily good. His English accents, hmm, okay! The female was pretty awful: a strange, shrill, nasal delivery that barely changed person to person. The one thing that I didn’t like was her delivery.

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  • JD
  • 11-04-19

Incredible Story with a Very Positive Message

Nikki Sixx tells a very honest and open story with many of his peers telling us how much of a difficult and spiteful person he used to be. The 10year anniversary edition adds a lot to the story on how Nikki has turned his life around even after Motley Crue finished.

The story is read incredibly well by Nikki and you can feel the emotion in his voice as he relives the Heroin Diaries.

Loved every second of this story!

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Superb 🤘🏻

Really harrowing stuff but it was a great listen, gave me a good few laugh out loud moments and gasps. The book speaks volumes of Nikki's strength and resilience to live through the horror, take full responsibility for his behaviour, then publish it for all to see and give other addicts hope. Great book, even if you're not a Crüe fan.

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A roller coaster of fun and falls

A good listen, very honest and raw at times. Makes it hard to feel alone

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Cool.. Interesting and fairly well told<br />

I enjoyed it.. And it was pretty much what I thought it would be.. No surprises but a great blast from the past

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Amazing!

Read his book over 10 years ago, I never read books but read this in 2 days. Love it and couldn’t wait for the audible version to come.

Has me crying laughing yet other times moving an emotional.

My favourite book of all time.

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Raw, honest, compelling

Nikki Sixx is a personal hero of mine - he is not afraid to show his weaknesses and vulnerabilities, laying everything bare in this compelling, honest and raw account of his struggles with drug addiction. I bought the hard copy book when it first came out and found it so insightful, and it was just as good listening to it so many years later. Nikki narrates it very well, as does Ross Marquand; Sophie is annoying, but perhaps that is telling of the voices she reads as Vanity and Nikki's mom seem(ed) pretty annoying (and self-obsessed) too.

Despite this book portraying drug addiction in anything but the harsh light of reality, there is no denying that Nikki Sixx, drug addict or not, is one very cool guy. He has so much talent and seems to have so much personal charisma that even in his worst, drug-addled moments his rock star lifestyle can seem glamorous, desirable even. He has further had the advantage of being a MILLIONAIRE drug addict, and so has been afforded the luxury of second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth (+?!) chances of starting again, clearly NOT a luxury that every heroin-addicted individual will have. But what stops this from becoming anything to feel contemptuous of, is that Nikki has an abundance of self-awareness, lacking in so many others in his position. It is to his credit that he's opened up about his worst times in The Heroin Diaries, and in doing so has helped so many less fortunate than himself.

Highly recommended.

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Life is beautiful in all forms

Feeling really mixed. Still weeping in joy. Wish I could have written a better review.

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Amazing

Love this book. Honest, raw but moreover therapeutic. If you are dealing with any kind of addiction. Read this book. Work with gambling addicts. Recommend to all of them to read this book. So much more insightful than any other book I’ve read on gambling addiction. Addiction is addiction and this is the best insight you’ll ever get into that troubled world.

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wow

what a life.
very well read. i really enjoyed this book and will probably listen to it all again soon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-17

Great to hear Nikki Sixx read his story.

This book will help anyone struggling with any form of drug addiction. The best book I have ever read on the subject. I had told my teens parts of the story. They won't be trying drugs any time soon.

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  • Kristin
  • 12-01-18

What an awesome journey!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a true portrait of rock star excesses, as well as how far people who are addicted will drag themselves thorugh the much. As Nikki says... The dying is easy, It's the living that seems impossible when it's time to sober up!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition?

Hearing about Nikki coming to my hometown and the things he did there.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

That it was the author.

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

No

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What an inspiration. Nikki is one of my all time true hero's. I play bass, and too have kicked "THE" habit. I am forever in his debt. This book has helped me more than I could even explain sitting here writing an e book review!

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  • Tyler
  • 10-08-19

Nikki Sixx is the most influential celebrities!!!!

I have both read and listened to this book time after time, and also plan on to more times to come. I am not a person who reads books often but I can relate somewhat to it so it keeps me inspired.

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  • Jeffrey Allen
  • 08-08-19

Loved it

Am now more of a Crue fan than ever. Could not stop until it was over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-19

Breathtaking

Thank you Sixx for sharing your torment and torture towards redemption. There are so many ways you help

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  • john schmitt
  • 07-08-19

Perfectly done

Can’t believe how good this book is. 10/10 I related so much to that he was saying about his childhood. Sad and had me feeling so bad at points and fully gripped by the stories.

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  • Myles Gullette
  • 02-08-19

Nikki Sixx & Co. Reveal Their Deepest...

Nikki Sixx reveals his deepest, darkest secrets in this Anniversary edition of his Heroin Diaries. Hearing him update it all the way to 2017 is beyond words great, uplifting, hopeful and miraculous. Through all the sex, drugs, rock and roll and more drugs mayhem which led to his death twice, he showed how if you blame your childhood and parents, you'll never truly be happy. Once he stopped blaming, he stopped drugs, forgave all and transformed to a 100% life and habits. If you have any major struggles in life, listening to this book will help.

Nikki as the main reader was spectacular as was voice over actor Ross Marquand. Both brought their all to voicing this and deserve major kudos. The only stumbling block to me was the voice over actor Sophie. While I'm not debating her talent, I do think she was miscast. Her voice grew annoying very quickly with all the grating qualities of the typical millineal and didn't have the sex appeal or gravitas needed to play Vanity/Denise Matthews and the many other women throughout Nikki's life that gave their own words to the book. Ross was able to transform his voice brilliantly, changing it up to the various people he inhabited. Sophie? Not even close.

Otherwise, the book was perfection and I'll never forget it. Major respect to Nikki for transforming his life in every single way to one that is today healthy, vibrant, sane, loving, intellectual, loyal, drug free and an artistic genius.

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  • Matt
  • 10-01-18

Eye opening

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I've always like Motley Crue's music, but due to being born in the late 80's, I wasn't able to experience them when they were at their height. To me, Crue was Vince and Tommy. This book opened my eyes to the real wheel behind Motley Crue, and the demons that haunted (or hunted) him.

The journey Nikki takes in that year is amazing. I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-17

1st edition- a well read, 2nd- a awesome audible!

I really dislike reading but I love Nikki Sixx. My brother brought me the book and said "trust me and read it!" I was in my mid 30's and hadn't read a book since high school. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in less than a week.
Who would have known Nikki was going through this? I didn't and I also didn't think anybody could survive with such a crazy lifestyle.
I was estacted when I heard about the 10th anniversary edition and since we have bitchen apps that can read to us now...even better, Nikki can read to me! I might even listen to it again.

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  • Nick
  • 27-11-17

So-So

Decent book and can be very entertaining at parts, but the female narrator's voice was painful to listen to, especially when she pretended to cry. I'd rather listen to nails being run down a chalkboard.

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