Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery -This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.- --Russell Brand With a rare mix of hones A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, t...

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Title:Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
Author:Russell Brand
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions Reviews

  • Lia
    Oct 15, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

  • Christine Jolley
    Sep 27, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

  • Cassie
    Mar 19, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

  • Claudia Turner
    May 15, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

  • Lynne Spreen
    Apr 24, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

  • Amy
    Oct 14, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they disc...

    Brand's facility for language is at times transcendent, mesmerizing in its ability to trace the contours of thoughts and topics rarely expressed. The book lies at the intersection of 12-step recovery and Buddhism, and focuses on addiction and avoidance behaviors ranging from drugs to p...

    Thanks for the generous help, Russell! ...

  • Juvoni
    Nov 18, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they disc...

    Brand's facility for language is at times transcendent, mesmerizing in its ability to trace the contours of thoughts and topics rarely expressed. The book lies at the intersection of 12-step recovery and Buddhism, and focuses on addiction and avoidance behaviors ranging from drugs to p...

    Thanks for the generous help, Russell! ...

    I never thought i?d read a book penned by Russell Brand, and yet here I am. My understanding of Brand has mostly come from the tabloids: I?m familiar with his past dependency on narcotics, his ill-fated marriage to Katy Perry, his Hollywood films. But I hadn?t heard about him in ...

    I don?t have one of the more obvious addictions that everyone thinks of, but I still think this book is life changing. I will never be done reading it, I will need to go back and listen to it again and again. RB thinks of addiction as something on a contiuuum. We are all participatin...

    Not everyone is a fan of Russell Brand, but I so appreciate his openness to publicly acknowledge his endeavours at personal growth and change, past and current faults, striving for self awareness and education. His sharing his personal experiences with 12 step programs and how he made ...

    Brand lays out a poetic, vulnerable, humble and resilient book on the topic of facing our addictions. Using the lens of his experience dealing with multiple forms of addiction he revisits his journey through the 12-steps program and reframes it for a broader appeal. Acceptance, structu...

  • Mel
    Oct 19, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

  • Michael
    Oct 21, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

  • Máté
    Oct 17, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

  • Desinka
    Mar 04, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

  • Noran Azmy
    Oct 05, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

  • Sophie
    Oct 29, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they disc...

  • Mohammad
    Oct 11, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

  • Renee
    Oct 28, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

  • Kate Taylor
    Oct 04, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

  • Mustafa Hameed
    Oct 02, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

  • Khurram
    Jun 17, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

  • Alicia Huxtable
    Nov 06, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

  • Emma
    Nov 06, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

  • Robin Drew
    Oct 13, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

  • Jennifer
    Mar 24, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they disc...

    Brand's facility for language is at times transcendent, mesmerizing in its ability to trace the contours of thoughts and topics rarely expressed. The book lies at the intersection of 12-step recovery and Buddhism, and focuses on addiction and avoidance behaviors ranging from drugs to p...

    Thanks for the generous help, Russell! ...

    I never thought i?d read a book penned by Russell Brand, and yet here I am. My understanding of Brand has mostly come from the tabloids: I?m familiar with his past dependency on narcotics, his ill-fated marriage to Katy Perry, his Hollywood films. But I hadn?t heard about him in ...

    I don?t have one of the more obvious addictions that everyone thinks of, but I still think this book is life changing. I will never be done reading it, I will need to go back and listen to it again and again. RB thinks of addiction as something on a contiuuum. We are all participatin...

  • Candace
    Nov 05, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they disc...

    Brand's facility for language is at times transcendent, mesmerizing in its ability to trace the contours of thoughts and topics rarely expressed. The book lies at the intersection of 12-step recovery and Buddhism, and focuses on addiction and avoidance behaviors ranging from drugs to p...

    Thanks for the generous help, Russell! ...

    I never thought i?d read a book penned by Russell Brand, and yet here I am. My understanding of Brand has mostly come from the tabloids: I?m familiar with his past dependency on narcotics, his ill-fated marriage to Katy Perry, his Hollywood films. But I hadn?t heard about him in ...

    I don?t have one of the more obvious addictions that everyone thinks of, but I still think this book is life changing. I will never be done reading it, I will need to go back and listen to it again and again. RB thinks of addiction as something on a contiuuum. We are all participatin...

    Not everyone is a fan of Russell Brand, but I so appreciate his openness to publicly acknowledge his endeavours at personal growth and change, past and current faults, striving for self awareness and education. His sharing his personal experiences with 12 step programs and how he made ...

  • Jay
    Dec 17, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they disc...

    Brand's facility for language is at times transcendent, mesmerizing in its ability to trace the contours of thoughts and topics rarely expressed. The book lies at the intersection of 12-step recovery and Buddhism, and focuses on addiction and avoidance behaviors ranging from drugs to p...

    Thanks for the generous help, Russell! ...

    I never thought i?d read a book penned by Russell Brand, and yet here I am. My understanding of Brand has mostly come from the tabloids: I?m familiar with his past dependency on narcotics, his ill-fated marriage to Katy Perry, his Hollywood films. But I hadn?t heard about him in ...

  • Dusty Wilmes
    Apr 23, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they disc...

    Brand's facility for language is at times transcendent, mesmerizing in its ability to trace the contours of thoughts and topics rarely expressed. The book lies at the intersection of 12-step recovery and Buddhism, and focuses on addiction and avoidance behaviors ranging from drugs to p...

  • Rebecca
    Oct 03, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars** As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand?s personal spin ...

    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended! ...

    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps ...

    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader underst...

    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read. ...

    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life. ...

    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5 ...

  • Faye
    Nov 06, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom. ...

    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I ca...

    started well, fizzled out at the end. I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist. Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago. This started stro...

    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing. "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program." ...

    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call ...

    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor. ...

    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. Tha...

  • John
    Aug 01, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

  • Mohammad
    Oct 20, 2017

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...

    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it...

    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you conti...

    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I...

    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this. I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and s...

  • Melania 🍒
    Jun 06, 2018

    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of bruta...

    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book. There are parts of the book that are very good...

    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sh...

    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an ab...

    3,45/5 I really liked this. It?s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human...