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The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition

A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
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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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Don’t waste your credit

Be Prepared to not like Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx is not a likeable person even when he gets sober he’s not a person I’d want to hang out with I understand that addicts are selfish people who blame everyone else for their problems but Nikki Sixx doesn’t understand that his problems start and end with himself and until he understands that I doubt he will stay sober There is only so much time that you can listen to him whining about his childhood not making enough money and his Constant jealousy of other bands who have more talent than him The female voice reading the female parts is incredible annoying her attempts to do different voices for different people are awful I really wouldn’t waste your credit because all you are going to learn is addicts will do anything for that next fix and you already know that

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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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excellent, harrowing moving and in his own words .

excellent, harrowing moving and in his own words . Highly recommended to everyone who knows the Crue or not.

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HONEST, HEARTBREAKING AND FUNNY

Wow...what a rollercoaster. Nikki brings the book alive, Brilliant. I listen to audio books whilst out walking, many times I would burst out laughing listening to the book. Highly recommend.

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life changing

this book is one of the best books I've ever listened to and read I recommend it to anyone

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Amazing listening

I cannot say it was enjoyable. Heavy subject. I was always a big fan of rock music. Listening to biographies like this makes me love the music even more, and respect those who survived creating it. It was another eyes opening read/listing. Made me realize how naive I was when I was in my teens, and how lucky I was at the same time. I never touched drugs but I was very close to be one of "those girls". I wonder what happened to them? ;)

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I loved it!

I wanted to understand more about the perspective of a drug addict. About the way they think and why are they living their life that way. This was very heplful for me since I didn't have much exposure to a world of drugs and rock n' roll. Thank you for writing the book!

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raw and emotional

inspirational and heart breaking glad you lived ❤❤wish you nothing but happiness for the rest of your life you deserve it.

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Brilliant

Nikki Sixx is god, amazing book very unique and hard to believe but if you know anything about motley crue you know it’s all true

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 12-02-20

Sixx Review

I was hanging on every word Nikki had to say. I related to everything that he did. I didn't hit "rock bottom." I never became homeless, due to my mother. I guess you could say she was an enabler. She always said, "get out of this house!!" I would just say, "yeah...yeah...yeah". The Heroin Diaries is truly a great read, especially if you are a drug addict or even a recovering addict. I wish I knew about this book much much sooner. I've been clean for about 10 yrs now. My previous boyfriend and father of my wonderful son, Liam, died in 2008 due to self infliction. I was truly sad at first. Billy got me onto heroin. He said it was a crushed up pain pill. I suddenly violently threw up my pasta dinner. Well after a month went by I tried it again, only half. I didn't get sick this time. Well, the months became weeks, the weeks became days, then everyday I had to have it. It's like a blessing in disguise for me that Billy died. If I was still with him I probably would be dead as well or in jail, which is the same as dead with a mouth like mine. Anyway, thanks for reading some of my story.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • VC
  • 05-02-18

Laugh at Misfortune

What did you love best about The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition?

I loved the additions to the 10 year version with updates of what happened after the book was initially released

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sikky Nixx, that guy is nuts.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The fact that he was the author as well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Story of a Shooting Star

Any additional comments?

It's the fact Nikki Sixx survived that makes the stories hysterical, amazing, and unbelievable. Had he not, this would have been a tragic tale of slow suicide. If you enjoy stories of redemption, it's hard to beat The Heroin Diaries.

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