"Going into his "why," Perry's audiobook is a fascinating listen."- AudioFile
This program is read by the author.
A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY TIME, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, GOODREADS, USA TODAY, AND MORE!
The beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.
“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”
So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.
In an extraordinary story that only he could tell—and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it—Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he’s found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening—as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the audiobook fans have been waiting for.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this heartfelt, touching memoir, actor Matthew Perry recounts his life’s most defining moments with total candor. After his parents separated when he was young, Perry found solace in making people laugh and always seeking entertainment—which often came with the occasional drink (or six). From flying solo at the age of 5 to getting in a fistfight with Justin Trudeau (yes, the future Canadian prime minister) at age 10, Perry’s turbulent childhood left him feeling like an “unaccompanied minor” well into his adulthood. We were touched as the beloved Friends actor opens up about the addiction that ravaged him at the height of his career. Perry’s lively narration and knack for self-deprecating humor made us laugh even when he opens up about his darkest moments and the seemingly endless struggle he faced in and out of recovery. Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is an inspiring story about the power of perseverance and taking sobriety one day at a time.
A must read.
Well done. Inspiring. Real. Brave. Loved it.
Rollercoaster of a book!
This story was one that really shocked me. I had no idea Matthew went through the things he did, all I knew him as was Chandler. This gave me amazing insight and understand about addiction. And there were plenty of funny parts of course. I enjoyed this book so much, the stories were always attention grabbing. 10/10!