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The Fifth Vital

Written by: Mike Majlak,Riley J. Ford
Narrated by: Mike Majlak
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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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you're amazing Mike!!

This book made me have such a greater outlook on you and I feel so honoured to be able to learn about the struggles that you faced in the past! This book has touched me in so many ways I cant describe, THANK YOU for sharing your life with your fans. You're amazing Mike, keep up the awesome work! :)
Emily - Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

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Don't even get me started!

This book will make you laugh, make you cry and make you say "What Theb Fvck dang".


All I can really tell you is that Mike's story have me a glimmer of hope to not only get clean but to remind myself that it's okay to dream big again.

Took me 3 months to finish this book, started with the Kindle version before the Pandemic and bought the Audiobook when it finally came out so I can finish it while dealing with my hectic work schedule.


Do yourself a favor. Get the damn book.

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Excellent

This was just as great as I had expected Mike. Your story is incredible and truly inspiring!

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Unreal story!!

This book is a real eye opener. Well worth the listen! Pass along to any one you know that is struggling with addiction!

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Mind Blowing

started this audiobook in the morning couldn't stop listening!
this needs to be a movie.
this book helped me to understand people with addiction.
thank you Big Mike!

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Amazing.

Absolutely amazing story of redemption and prosperity, i’ve never heard words more moving than yours.

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love this book so mi

I love this book I could listen to this book for days and days

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The honesty

As someone that has seen addiction and the desperation and sadness that comes with it, this is an honest account. He doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He feels sorry for the people in his life. I’ve been wanting to give this a listen for awhile and really happy I did. Great work and honest work at that. Please do give it a listen or read, truly great. If someone you know is struggling get them to listen, can for sure save a life.

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A Powerful Story

Be a lover of Mike or someone who’s never heard of him, this book is an inspiring story for all and one that I thank Mike for writing and sharing. Although I can’t relate to it much, it was a story I took very deeply and has in a way completely opened my eyes to a side I would’ve never thought of. By

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Un grand coup de coeur, une certitude que tout va

bien aller pour mon fils qui vit des problèmes similaires et qui veut s'en sortir, merci

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  • 2021-03-04

Book is straight fire

I never finished a book.. and wish I hadn’t. It was similar to your favorite movie or documentary.. you love it the entire way though & all the sudden.. it’s over. I can’t wait for the movie to come out just so I can be the guy that says “the book was way better”. Mike turned his dark past & bloomed it into a bright future. This book symbolizes something different for everyone. For me, although I’ve never been an addict myself.. it really opened up an insight into a whole new world. It was also a symbol of hope & you can truly achieve anything w the right mindset.

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  • 2022-02-28

Don’t recommend listening to when working

I am a house keeper, but was once a child who was abused by her addictive parents. So hard to listen to without absolutely balling my eyes out. Such a compelling story that unfortunately a lot of us completely understand. If you’re an addict, or love someone who is/was. Very much recommend

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  • Rose Masuret
  • 2021-11-18

Captivating Read - 10 out 10 recommend

Captivating, inspiring and humbling story. The author gave so much raw emotion while telling his story, the good, the bad, and everything in between. Mike's story is uncensored yet relatable and in turn incredibly inspiring and will really impact his audience.

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  • glabarr
  • 2021-09-14

Inspiring!

I read this book cover to cover and couldn’t put it down so when I saw the opportunity to listen to Mike narrate it I couldn’t resist doubling down and purchasing the audiobook as well. Mike is someone who I can only hope to be one day, his work ethic and hustle are second to none when it comes to a role model. We all have our demons but knowing they don’t have to define us and can be our greatest assets in learning who we are is what I will take away most from this book. I hope one day to have the opportunity to have a face to face conversation with Mike where I can ask him some questions and just listen. I’m in awe every time he opens up about his story and seeing him where he is now only confirms that person was always inside of him he just had to tread through high waters to emerge!!! Keep going Mike!

Mac, well done with the cover and the audiobook as well!

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  • Salvatore Eriotes
  • 2021-08-11

Overcoming the least likely

Absolutely incredible read and stories that Mike has gone through. Inspirational for some, entertaining for others. A real life true story of someone who was battling an almost certain mortal addiction that left tens of thousands dead every year and the path he took to break through the norm of the deadly path of addiction, mainly to OxyContin. Thrilling and defining what it takes to get through hard times, I throughly enjoyed listening to this book, twice now. Thank you for your courage and openness in writing and producing this autobiography.

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  • Scott Halfhill
  • 2021-07-22

A must listen for anyone battling addiction

I found out who Mike was through videos on YouTube. I didn’t know about his battle with addiction until recently and then saw him promote this book so I checked it out. Whatever opinion you have of him from his videos online is irrelevant so throw it out. This is a perfectly executed book about what it’s like to have this disease and was made profoundly more authentic by his brutal honesty about the details most would be to ashamed to share. Mad respect to this dude.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-24

life changing book

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

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  • roxie
  • 2020-07-23

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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  • Amber Nawrocki
  • 2023-01-10

Mike Majlak is a beast

I loved this book so much. I love how understood you make myself, and I'm sure a lot of other addicts, feel. Thank you SO MUCH for writing this book Mike

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2023-01-09

Great and powerful book

I listened to this book in two days because it was so captivating and addicting! Tells a powerful story about drug addiction and recovery! Thanks Mike!