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A Wolf at the Table - A Memoir of My Father

Augusten Burroughs

Nominated for the 2009 Audiobook of the Year "As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes…I wasn't altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?" When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older, something sinister within his father began to unfurl. Something dark and secretive that could not be named. Betrayal after shocking betrayal ensued, and Augusten's childhood was over. The kind of father he wanted didn't exist for him. This father was distant, aloof, uninterested… And then the "games" began. With A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, A Wolf at the Table will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It's a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

Nominated for the 2009 Audiobook of the Year "As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes…I wasn't altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?" When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older, something sinister within his father began to unfurl. Something dark and secretive that could not be named. Betrayal after shocking betrayal ensued, and Augusten's childhood was over. The kind of father he wanted didn't exist for him. This father was distant, aloof, uninterested… And then the "games" began. With A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, A Wolf at the Table will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It's a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.
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Nominated for the 2009 Audiobook of the Year "As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes…I wasn't altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?" When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older, something sinister within his father began to unfurl. Something dark and secretive that could not be named. Betrayal after shocking betrayal ensued, and Augusten's childhood was over. The kind of father he wanted didn't exist for him. This father was distant, aloof, uninterested… And then the "games" began. With A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, A Wolf at the Table will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It's a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patti Smith, Ingrid Michaelson, Sea Wolf, Tegan Quin

Length:

9h 15m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:40

Introduction
Introduction

06:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:18


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:18


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:15


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:15


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:47


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:44


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:35


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:42


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:33


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:23


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:17


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:49


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:12


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:22


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:38


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:16


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:25


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:01


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:24


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:02


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

01:14