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Tweak

Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Auteur(s): Nic Sheff
Narrateur(s): Paul Michael Garcia
Durée: 12 h et 17 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 évaluations)

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Description

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

In writing that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself.

©2007 Nic Sheff (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Garcia delivers a strong and commanding reading that perfectly expresses the rawness of Sheff's most personal recollections….Endlessly memorable." ( AudioFile)

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Narrator ruins it

It sounds like a robot is reading this book. I've read the book myself and the narrator completely ruins it. Wish I never paid for it.

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Needed a proper editor

How is this person now a writer? This book is written so poorly. He ends sentences with "or whatever", "and whoever", "and all". Says "this tiny TV" instead of "a tiny TV". Says "we go and sit down together" instead of "we sit down together". Uses "anyway" at the start of far too many sentences. Adds "and something", "and things", "I guess", "like", "and all" completely unnecessarily. I think it's supposed to be like his speaking voice, conversational, it reads terrible. Just awful.

He mentions brand labels a lot. He always points out if a black person has light skin or dark. Every woman he encounters he comments on their appearance. 90% of them he figures wear "too much makeup" and are just not up to his standards. Because Nic is the ultimate catch? On top of all this, the narrator's voices for women and children were terrible, annoying and infantilizing.

I'm pretty sure Nic relapsed after this book was written so he was still struggling with the humbling an addict needs to foster to be truly well and in recovery. It was obvious. I don't get the sense that Nic really knew how privileged he was as a child and now as an adult. It does sounds like the recovery centre he attended, the last one, he did get to some deeper issues. I hope he's stopped blaming his mother. This man has had everything a human needs. He's an addict and that's beyond his control but to blame his parents is ridiculous. They didn't model drug abuse. Sure, they were divorced. Millions live with divorce.

I don't know. I think I expected something just...more well written given the hype. Much of this book is just a drunk-a-log (drunken/drug story retold and revelled in). I think this book, especially his dad's, does have value. It really needed a proper edit.

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Disappointing to say the least...

After reading “Beautiful Boy” and loving it, I was so excited for “Tweak” because I assumed it would provide the son’s perspective on what would be, more or less, the same story told previously by his father. I was dying to hear how Nic’s view of his childhood and relationships with his family affected his ultimate decent into Meth addiction and how those views differed from his father’s. “Beautiful Boy” had been so insightful and fascinating and I expected the same from “Tweak”. Unfortunately this book was a massive disappointment from page one. For starters, as far as writing quality goes, this kid certainly isn’t his father. There is so much potential for a great book here but it seems that this kid just has no idea how to write it. He needed a strong co-author or at very least, an incredible editor to help him out. He drones on and on, going into moment to moment detail about the most mundane aspects of his story and then hardly touches on the interesting stuff I really wanted to know about. Secondly, if you are expecting the flip side of “Beautiful Boy”, you aren’t going to get it. “Beautiful Boy” centered around a father’s relationship with his addicted son, but “Tweak” is a long, rambling, at times boring, story about the authors experience, his relationship with his father is a very weak sub plot at best. The author, who’s father wrote to be so complex and lovable in “Beautiful Boy”, comes off like an entitled douche bag in his own book. You can blame that on the author’s inability to portray his own complexity properly in words but it’s very difficult to hang with this kid to the end of the book when you want to punch him in the face. Finally, the performance of the audiobook was tragic. The narrator has a very proper delivery, he enunciates every word perfectly, however, the book is written very causally, using a lot of “you know”s and “whatever”s etc. it was a total mismatch and hard to listen to from beginning to end. As someone who read “Beautiful Boy” first, I can’t speak to how this book might hold up alone, but I can say that having read it first, this book is a massive disappointment.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 2019-03-05

Following Beautiful Boy

I saw "beautiful boy" a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. This book was a great follow up to a story that was most often centered on an outsider's struggle and point of view on addiction. Whilst the film was fascinating and gave viewers a deep understanding on what a parent could feel during an addict's "journey", I still wanted to know more about nic sheff. Why would a boy who grew up in an unchaotic wealthy environment , who was intelligent and had a really good relationship with both his parents, why would or maybe how could he have created a relationship with crystal meth, that was so strong, it broke all other relationships he had prior to it. Fortunately, "Tweak" gave the reader just that. It was filled with great insight into the reality of addiction, relapses, the influence of others on your drug use and the inner turmoils one can attempt to suffocate with drugs. Although at times the story may have seemed repetitive, I found this quite useful as it creates a sort of imagery for the reader as to what addiction is: a repetitive cycle which you have to work on day by day to avoid plummeting. I really do recommend this book.

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  • David
  • 2010-11-15

Painful Journey

I read David Sheff‘s book Beautiful Boy about living through his son’s Meth addiction and throughout the read, I realized that it would be great to read the son’s perspective, so I picked up a copy of Tweak by Nic Sheff.

Beautiful Boy was an incredible raw book of a parent’s journey through a child’s addiction, but I wasn’t at all prepared for the mental picture that accompanied the writings of the Nic Sheff. There is a raw, sort of, unedited perspective that is written with the mindset that the end result will be death, not life.

Tweak picks up about half way through Nic’s meth addiction – after he finds himself cut off from his parents financially, turning tricks to make ends meet so that he can score his next round of blow. He talks about doing drugs that range from marijuana to meth (his drug of choice) to heroine. Not only does he have an addiction to drugs, he also has an addiction to alcohol and sex. This book is written from the perspective of an early 20-something that seems to only care about his needs.

Much like Beautiful Boy, he highlights parts of his life that uses a day format. He talks about his stints in sobriety, some lasting as long as 18 months before the pull and allure of the drugs drag him deeper and deeper into his addiction. He lies, cheats, steals and leaves one of his girlfriends at a market for four hours while he goes to steal something from his mother’s house and then subsequently collapses in her garage.

The vividness of his account is extraordinary. When he goes into a building to score more drugs, you can feel the emotions he felt – your heart rate increases when uncertainty surrounds. This book is much more raw and unfiltering of his experiences then Beautiful Boy. This book takes you deep inside his thoughts, his actions, the words that flow from his mouth in a series of explictives. His candor in sharing these experiences is inviting, but you should be prepared for the experience.

I recommend this book, but I reco

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  • Belinda
  • 2009-11-03

Life lesson

This is an amazing book after his dad's. I finished listening to it in several days. Although I was haunted most of the time by his up and down, I was really touched by his extreme honesty. It is a true achievement to anybody to publish a good book, and it's even harder for somebody finished a book while struggling with drug addition. Wish Nic can really get his life back. With his talent and his conscience deep in his heart, he deserves a much better life than the one controlled by drug, and his family deserves a better life, too.

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  • pixi
  • 2019-04-05

Trigger warning

This book has tons of triggers for those in recovery, but it's very honest and open.

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  • Stefani Hyman
  • 2017-02-10

Amazing Memoir

This book helped me see things from an addicts perspective.

My brother had been addicted to opiates for many years before tragically losing his life. The struggles he faced were so similar to Nic's in this story.

This was one of my brother's favorite books and he kept asking me to read it. I am so glad I did.

The writing, along with the narration had me feeling each moment as if I were there with the characters. I loved it!

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Book and Movie Lover
  • 2008-05-20

Drugs - the most frustrating issue in our society

I read this after I read Nic's father's book Beautiful Boy by David Scheff. This book was a good accounting, from an addict's perspective of life as an addict. At times I wanted to reach through my headphones and strangle this young author and just yell STOP! Don't do that to your family. Having read his father's account of the agony the family went through and then to read the account of the relative lack of agony the addict went through (sorry, my perspective as a parent) totally by choice was very frustrating. Drugs account for multi-generational problems in our society and if rehab has such a low percentage of success (10-20%???) then what are we to do? For years we have heard that enforcement isn't the answer, treatment is the answer .... But after reading these two books it's obvious that treatment is elusive.

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  • RH
  • 2010-03-05

EXCELLENT--SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING

This book should be required reading for Jr. High school kids, and again in high school. A great insight to the life an addict leads; I found it fascinating. He was very candid and the material raw, which made the unbelievable very believable. I do however, recommend reading "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff (Nic's dad) first, as the insight from his perspective made Nic's perspective more "real"--some of the stuff was just so unbelievable; I can't imagine living like he did. I learned a lot about that way of life, as fortunately, I've never been there myself. I think every kid should read this book to see what "glory" is in drugs, the tragedies in getting high, the work involved in coming clean and the hardships it creates on your body. Unimaginable.

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  • Jay Quintana
  • 2016-04-20

A well-written cautionary tale that's too long

A promising young man grows up with everything -- especially parental love -- and still, his life goes off the rails because of his addiction/illness. Nic is one of those people who should not drink or use drugs, period. It feels like he took it up because, well, young people experiment. In other words, I don't think anyone could've prevented him from going down the path he did. This is a book that parents and their teenage children should read and talk about. Having said this, it's repetitive at times and the writer uses "whatever" far too often. A third of this book could've been edited out and nothing would've been lost.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2008-05-20

Tweak....i loved it!

I was so sad when it was over. The Mom in me wants to keep track of Nic and make sure he is clean and safe. I loved Beautiful Boy too. Both were great from beginning to end.

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  • knothdurft19
  • 2008-03-26

Riviting

I couldn't stop listening. I read Beautiful Boy first and was fascinated with Nic. I listened to all 12 hours in less than a week. Gritty, honest and yet hopeful. I haven't been so touched by a book in years.

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  • pants
  • 2013-06-09

I identified with almost every word...

this book is amazing!!! so many times throughout the book i felt like i was listening to myself telling my own story... i can't wait to read his next one!

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