The Night of the Gun

The Night of the Gun

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for the New York Times. Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses journalism to fact-check the past. Carr's investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing--and, in the end, more miraculous--than he allowed himself to remember. Over the course of the book, he digs his way through a past that continues to evolve as he reports it. "Always fascinating, often disturbing, sometimes darkly comic, David Carr's The Night of the Gun reinvents the memoir genre ..."--Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court "Gritty and compelling."--Richard Price, author of Clockers
Publisher: Prince Frederick : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781456109561
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 audio file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 16, 2018

Very well-written memoir of someone with an unsavory past that he can't seem to shake. Still, as much of screw-up as he was he somehow managed to keep moving forward. It reminds me of how many others were not so fortunate.

Like his character, the writing is blunt and straightforward and the stories are sometimes harrowing and will cause one to wince.

The narration was good as well.


Apr 17, 2015

Finished listening to this in Feb 2015. It was pretty good, and worth another listen someday.


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