Chris Herren is a former NBA basketball player for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics. Bill Reynolds is a sports columnist for the Providence Journal and the author of Fall River Dreams. A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot's career spans four decades, and his voice can be heard on television, radio, video games, and documentaries. He has been nominated for an Audie Award and has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and starred reviews.
This unflinchingly graphic and refreshingly candid memoir recounts once-promising basketball player Herren's struggles with substance abuse, which cost him his NBA career and almost his family and life. The drug use details and exhaustive exploration of Herren's motivations for abusing alcohol and heroin and his eventual decision to turn his life around set this apart from the surfeit of feel-good redemption stories that don't probe the abuser's psyche. The language, much like the story itself, is simple and direct. Narrator Peter Berkrot delivers a fine performance, conveying Herren's self-deprecation, shame, and eventual pride. -VERDICT This cautionary tale of a talented young athlete making poor life decisions and turning to drugs in the face of overwhelming pressure to succeed is recommended to all sports fans and parents. ["How Herren threw it all away and got it back in the biggest rebound of his life is a real Cinderella story," read the review of the St. Martin's hc, Memoir Short Takes, ow.ly/bF3JL.-Ed.]-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"A sobering, cautionary tale for star-athletes-to-be." ---Publishers Weekly