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The Fifth Vital

Written by: Mike Majlak, Riley J. Ford
Narrated by: Mike Majlak
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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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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Don’t be stupid - read this

I own a business, struggled briefly with addiction - this really changed stuff up for me. Mike is the man. Can’t wait for your next title.

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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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  • 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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  • Austin Summers
  • 2020-08-01

wow

best damn book I've ever read. I couldn't stop listening and was on the edge of my seat

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-01

Fucking amazing story. I couldn't stop listening.

I loved this book. It was a story of someone life and family's lives destroyed by drugs and recklessness. Turned 360 degrees around into triumph and redemption. definitely worth a listen.

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  • RachelB
  • 2020-07-31

To mike

thank you for you everlasting words that will reverberate through the many lives it touches.

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  • Nick Millikan
  • 2020-07-30

Awesome!

Loved this Mike! Great deep story and congrats on your success! I’m not a big book reader so I tried this and once I started listing I couldn’t stop. Listened all the way through!

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  • victoria holloway
  • 2020-07-30

Inspiring Story

I finished this in a day! Amazing story Mike, thanks for sharing it. I pray that God continues to use you to shed a light on that darkness that surrounds addiction.

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  • Jodi M. Bartley
  • 2020-07-29

10/5

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I dont read books much but i know lana so that made me like mike and now i like mike then i read the book and i had no idea what mike had been through. book is amazing i have my brother and mom reading it now.

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  • Timothy Michael Halecky
  • 2020-07-25

I couldn't turn it off...

As I am reviewing this book it is July 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm PST. I purchased it at 5:51am this morning.

I couldn't sleep well last night so I checked my notifications on my galaxy and opened a YouTube video and someone recommended in a comment section to check this book out, I am glad I did.

All I can say is that this is a story of redemption.

No matter where you are in life right now and how hopless it all may seem keep moving forward and engaging with life in the right way, miracles can happen.

Be careful if you have something important to do today because you might be just like me and can't stop listening till it gets to the end.

Mental health challenges and addiction are truly at epidemic proportions all around the world, this book will give you an in depth understanding of how this phenomenon occurs, and it will give you some hope insight and compassion if you are experiencing or know someone that is going through this horrible challenge.

Extremely well read by the author its compelling and captivating to the enth degree. Get this book it could literally be a lifesaver.

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  • Happy
  • 2020-07-25

Amazing read/listen

one of the greatest audiobook I've ever listened to. started it when I clocked in for work today and by the time my shift was over I was 15 min from finishing the entire book including the Q/A session at the very end. that's how good this book is, it's going to be very hard if not impossible to hit the pause button. 10/10 would recommend