• Chasing a Flawed Sun

  • By: Daniel McGhee
  • Narrated by: Frank Gerard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The phrase "heroin saved my life" could be considered both controversial and even offensive to some. However, in Chasing a Flawed Sun, the author shows us how, after breaking him down and almost taking his life several times, the battle with the drug did just that.

This is a true story. A transparent story of the life of a young man in America, who, like many of our lost youth, found his way into the drug culture. This story is an autopsy into the mind, heart, and soul of an addict. It begins at childhood and takes us through the thoughts, turmoil, and inner conflicts of a person lost in the undercurrent of addiction, and ends in a climax of self-discovery and realization. It is a gripping tale of a suburban youth and his journey through the streets of Baltimore, institutions, prisons, addiction, and worst of all, his own mind. What makes it so unique is the vulnerability and transparency with which it is told.

It is the goal of this story to not only to tell a vivid tale but to also share hope and experience with those who are actively struggling with their own demons, and to shed some light to those who have lost or are currently dealing with a loved one who is struggling with addiction, alcoholism and/or a lost sense of "self".

Daniel McGhee lives and owns several businesses just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. He also owns a non-profit and works with addicts, children, and homeless in his area. In his 18 years in recovery, he’s learned to enjoy writing, fitness, and traveling the world. He enjoys going to other countries either for relief work, exploration, or just chasing the sun that never ceases.

©2019 Daniel McGhee (P)2019 Daniel McGhee

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don't bother

This is a typical story. Save your money and talk to a couple of heroin addicts. You can find them at any 12 step meeting. Nothing in this book stood out or surprised me at all. It maybe could have been saved if they would have picked a narrarator that didn't sound like he was 70 years old and knew anything about the subject matter he was reading about (yes it was that obvious, he literally called 2 Pac, 2 Pack along with a host of other mispronunciations) This gave way to the obvious bad editing for when he really screwed up and they made him read a line or two over again and then just dubbed it in sometimes sounding like an entirely different guy started reading for 3 or 4 seconds just to go back to the same guy for 2 sentences until he had the same thing he couldn't pronounce make ghost reader guy pop back in for 3 more seconds. It was AWFUL.... sometimes I wonder who decides to cast these narrarators. If the author doesn't narrarate their own biography they should at least make an attempt to cast someone like the author. I mean this guy was a young white thug in the late 90's and they got someone who sounds like should be narrarating a book on WW2 reading it. It really ruins it.

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Has addiction affected you, or a friend or family?

As an author and a fellow recovering addict I can 100% attest to the veracity and sincerity of this book. If you have ever watched someone struggle with addiction and wondered: "What are they thinking?" then this is the book that answers that question. If you yourself struggle with addiction and you can't imagine that there is anyone else alive who has seen what you've seen or felt what you felt, then you should read this book. We're not so unique that it has to kill us. Enjoy!

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Diving Into Darkness

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This book contains language, sexual situations and violence.

Written by Daniel McGhee, Chasing a Flawed Sun follows the author's journey from adolescent trouble maker to full-blown addict. His descent into addiction is described in vivid detail. This book is narrated by Frank Gerard, who gives a strong, engaging performance. This is a must-read for those looking to explore the mindset and behavior of an addict.

Daniel had a quiet, emotional demeanor at a young age, but these were qualities that he came to despise. He started abusing alcohol whenever he could get his hands on it, and it caused him to be outspoken, energetic and violent. As his alcohol abuse turned into an addiction, he started numerous fights and assaulted strangers. Eventually friends and acquaintances introduced Daniel to harder substances, like cocaine and crack. He was willing to try anything that was made available to him, so it wasn't long before he started smoking heroin. His life took a drastic turn once he started injecting it. His entire goal in life became finding and consuming heroin. He moved through various jobs, robbed countless strangers, shoplifted, burglarized and assaulted all to support his high. Daniel made numerous attempts at recovery, but he continuously returned to heroin. It isn't until he's left with few options that he chooses to stick to a path of recovery and find freedom from addiction.

Daniel writes a fast-paced and engrossing book. His descriptions are vivid and detailed, and the conversations and interactions he has with family, friends, acquaintances and fellow addicts are believable. It is somewhat beyond belief to think that an addict with one focus could recall so many years of his life in such accurate detail. Even still, it makes for a story that's both thrilling and tragic. Around 13 hours of the 14 hour and seven minute duration are spent focusing on Daniel's addiction and relapse. It's a shame that more time wasn't spent on his recovery and the ten years leading up to the final chapter. Nonetheless, this book captures the addicted years of Daniel's life in vivid detail.

Frank Gerard narrates Chasing a Flawed Sun, and he provides a solid performance. He uses a unique voice for Daniel's character that's never grating or harsh. He adds a lot of emotional weight when appropriate, and his diction flows smoothly throughout. He adds a comforting tone to a book that deals with intense subjects. The recording itself has some issues. Occasionally a passage will change volume or tone. It sounds like these passages were added post-production because they don't flow with the rest of the narrative. Despite this, the narration never detracts from the story.

Chasing a Flawed Sun is a graphic and obscene depiction of one man's journey through darkness. If your able to listen past the dialogue, language and disturbing violence, you'll find a story that's both heartbreaking and convicting.

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Incredibly honest.. emotionally raw book!

Loved this book! Must read for anyone who's life has been effected by any addiction!

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A captivating, curiosity poking story ...

I’m only half way through so far and I felt compelled to write a quick review. You shouldn’t hesitate on this purchase. It’s a gripping story but is not for the faint of heart. It is real. It is raw. It might even be a little disturbing for you at times. Following Daniel the last few years, it’s evident his path veered back to his real life’s mission of making a positive difference. This book might be a part of that impact for you, someone you love, or it might just be enough entertainment to get you out of your own world for a minute or 847. Enjoy the listen.

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Very Interesting Book

The best and most interesting addiction member I've read so far. The author doesn't waste time rambling about random or boring topics or observations. He just tells his story. A story filled with so many interesting events. It's crazy how he remembers so much/ has gone through so much. It's all about life on the streets, crashing at random places, fights, crime, and most of all, hardcore alcoholism and heroin addiction.

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Agree with the ‘Good Grief’ review!

I wasn’t expecting so much of the book to be a homage to his illegal exploits. Yes, he mentions now and then how despicable they are, then goes on at length describing his cleverness in deceiving, stealing from and abusing those who love him and everyone else who gets between him and his dope. I realize he is describing the deeds of a typical street addict, but I get the subtle impression he’s bragging, showing more arrogance than remorse. Maybe it’s the tone of the narrator which seems to convey a smug satisfaction with all he (the writer) is able to get away with. I’m through two thirds of the book and he is still reveling in his bad behavior; I’m not sure how much more I can take.

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Slow down

The reader is speaking so fast. Even with the speed slowed down there are no pausing with each period. I can’t continue the book past the first chapter because the speed is hard to comprehend the story

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amazing story

this book is wonderful i felt like i was there in the story i love the rawness in this book its so captivating u wont be able to put it down

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Distracting theme throughout

I found it distracting how he kept referring to Baltimore as a big city with “tall buildings” and feigning surprise when neighborhoods were “quiet” and dead throughout the story. It’s a small, crime ridden city- get real. Aside from that, it’s a pretty compelling story about addiction. Not especially memorable, however.

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  • Matt Bartholomew
  • 04-29-22

Absolute, total, inaccurate fabrication by a sad m

Insten to this audibook from time to time just to remind me of how much some people can lie about addiction and playgourise the experiences of others for money....so many, if not all the facts are total garbage, the only reason I've given it a 5 for story....is because every single line of it is one, as a 20 year drug addict alcoholic his claim that he was a full blown alcoholic at 15, gets drug score numbers wrong ....2 brown, 8 white....no one ever buys that...its nice to hear it laughed at by other authors in the genre, Andrew Mann for example... id love to meet the guy...just to laugh in his face. its a comedy not a true account, as long as you take it as such....you may get a laugh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-21

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A brilliant autobiography of an alcoholic and drug addict. Honestly told with true emotions. A good guide for like minded people.

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  • Thomas cardwell
  • 03-24-20

Good

I really liked listening to this book some crazy stories hard to believe he actually got to write the book well done on getting through it all good luck on the rest of your journey