• Girl Walks Out of a Bar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Lisa F. Smith
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,638 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York City when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith's formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery. In this darkly comic and wrenchingly honest story, Smith describes how her circumstances conspired with her predisposition to depression and self-medication in an environment ripe for addiction to flourish. When her close-knit group of high-achieving friends celebrate the end of their grueling workdays with alcohol-fueled nights at the city's clubs and summer weekends partying at the beach, the feel-good times can spiral wildly out of control.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a candid portrait of alcoholism through the lens of gritty New York realism. Beneath the façade of success lies the reality of addiction.

©2016 Lisa F. Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Good Look At The Dual-Diagnosis...

Drugs and alcohol are fun, until they're of equal weight with despair, until they're heavier than the despair that kills. "Girl Walks Out of a Bar" isn't a comic look at addiction as the publisher's summary states it is. While candid and not taking itself overly seriously, it's not comic at all. Instead, it's a bio of an illness, especially of the dual-diagnosis of mental illness treated by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Smith is very open about how necessary it all is at the beginning, a way of dealing with depression and feelings of inadequacy, of always trying to shoot for more as a way of feeling good enough. It's a necessary and fun part of being with friends who drink and party, but not as hard as you do. It's a necessary way of getting through the stresses of a job, the stresses of daily life.
And what do you do when the shakes start, and you start vomiting blood? Smith shows how recovery is hard and not for the faint of heart, but for those struggling to survive even one more minute.
While parts of "Girl Walks Out of a Bar" did drag a bit, mostly since it goes heavily into her past, as in: every single event is remembered, I found the book on the whole to be quite worth it. Not everybody understands how addiction is sometimes (heck, probably "mostly") used to self-medicate, and the book paints a vivid portrait of alcohol and drugs as a singular coping mechanism. The initiated will appreciate it, friends and family going through this will appreciate it.
And the blessedly uninitiated might find it to be a portrait of everyday courage in the face of what some view to be a self-inflicted disease.
It's frank, honest, a fine portrayal.

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Just as it is...

If you could sum up Girl Walks Out of a Bar in three words, what would they be?

Raw, Real, and Eye-opening.

What did you like best about this story?

I sure did learn a lot about what addiction does to a person, on the inside (literally and figuratively) and to the people we surround ourselves with. I'd have to say this author has some beast courage. I love that the honesty began to roll off of her tongue when lying was really the familiar habit. She was so ready that lying wouldn't come.

Any additional comments?

Thank you. I so needed to learn how it really is. I'm the people we surround ourselves with....the Mommy.

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very worth it

If you could sum up Girl Walks Out of a Bar in three words, what would they be?

Sarcastic, compelling, calm

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks Out of a Bar?

When Lisa's marriage fell apart or really any time she told a story of something outragious she did when she was drinking

Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

Lisa's mom

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Poorly Narrated and Boring Story Line

What disappointed you about Girl Walks Out of a Bar?

This was not a compelling story. There was no real connection to the author-it was really just a telling of events. Time frames jumped around and the narrators voice was so monotone that I spaced out during many parts.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa F. Smith again?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hillary Huber?

Absolutely not! Way too monotone.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Girl Walks Out of a Bar?

I would have to dissect this question further. I think the author needed to be more present and not just literally telling a story. It was not a memoir, it read like a biography with little emotion.

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Loved it!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was great I couldn't put it down.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks Out of a Bar?

When she was already in a cab on our way to go see her brother's first child his daughter being born and she turned around because her coke dealer called and she would rather go do that then meet her niece.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

One Day At A Time

Any additional comments?

This book has honestly opened up my eyes to how bad someone could actually get addicted to drugs, drinking, smoking, eating, well anything really. I mean the only thing I've ever really heard about addiction and coming off of it is detox after that nothing I had no idea it was like that like for real. I couldn't imagine having to live one day at a time like that, it takes a very strong person to do that

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Decent Overall Story of Recovery

Would you try another book from Lisa F. Smith and/or Hillary Huber?

Yes.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa F. Smith? Why or why not?

It was a good story, a bit dull at times but overall nice that she made it.

Did Hillary Huber do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. But there really was only 1 main character.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I'd wait for the DVD

Any additional comments?

Good job across the board.

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Very intimate look inside the life of the author.

Would you listen to Girl Walks Out of a Bar again? Why?

Absolutely. Especially the last few chapters because I liked how the story ended. This was one of those books that I enjoyed so much that I couldn't wait to run errands or do chores so I could listen to it.

What other book might you compare Girl Walks Out of a Bar to and why?

The writing and much of the story reminded me of Mary Karr. Much like Mary Karr, Lisa Smith is a talented writer with a real gift for telling her story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at many points during the book. The author was so real with her stories that you felt you were there. I also wanted to cry with her many times during the story.

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Excellent

Great read. It didn't sugarcoat addiction and I loved that it was from the addict 's point of view.

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Missing important details

The story is interesting, and the author shares details of her addiction which are frightening. However the stories are never fleshed out. It is almost as though she is afraid to cover negative or personal details about others in her story. This is most apparent in the epilogue where she mentions in passing interesting things that have happened to her since being in recovery. These are the kind of stories (related in depth) that your audience is interested in! For a superior memoir of recovering from alcoholism I highly recommend Blackout by Sarah Hepola, or maybe Dry by Augusten Burroughs, or even Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe.

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Not good, not bad, just ok

What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s performance?

Hillary Huber's performance was fine. Not particularly memorable, but also not particularly memorable in an annoying way either.

Any additional comments?

Meh, only ok. Worth the daily deal, not worth a full credit.

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  • K. Sewell
  • 03-14-19

Sad saga

Lisa Smith's story about her addiction is staggering, in as much as I am surprised she is alive. Most people would have long died after the sheer volume of alcohol, cocaine and cigarettes she consumed daily for years, from morning till night. How her heart, her liver and her brain withstood this abuse is verging on unbelievable. And it is a credit to her constitution that she was able to perform in such a responsible job, and not get fired.
It was of course life affirming to read that she managed to save herself.
My quibble with the story is the pervasive attitude that life without alcohol lacks excitement, glamour, friendships, fun, good sex, etc. The author maintains the view that those who can party non-stop without almost killing themselves are very lucky indeed. She concedes that it is great to wake up without vomiting blood and needing booze to steady her hands, but makes little reference to the fact that life has beauty and wonder, interest and excitement in itself.
I think the book would have done a better job by shortening and downplaying the long years of endless drinking, snorting and embarrassing behavior and focusing more on her twelve years of sobriety. What did she find out about herself, her friendships, the world, the universe, the meaning of life? For many ex-alcoholics, sobriety opens so many doors, allows for all that extra time, money, talents, health, mental clarity and focus. I am sure Ms. Smith has found this. Perhaps a subject for another book.

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  • Rebecca Warburton
  • 02-22-20

I’m an alcoholic accountant....

....39 years old and this book has NOT helped.......done detox myself......please somebody anybody HELP ME!!!!! Where do I go from here????

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  • Miss JR Wiltshire
  • 10-12-18

Fantastic !!

What a book a must read thoroughly enjoyed it so real so relatable and didn’t want it to end brilliant!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-18-19

excellent read

enjoyed listen to this book. one of my favourite quit help books. would highly recommend

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  • R Mcwatt
  • 10-27-20

not top of my quit list

I struggled to find much inspiration in this one. if you are looking for a good quit lit there is plenty better to be found, written by more heroic addicts. She just comes over as selfish, entitled and unlikeable. Even in recovery....If you can make it that far. The performance is also a tiresome drawl

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  • Louise
  • 06-20-19

Fantastic book, shame about the narration

If you enjoy listening to the talking clock then you’ll love listening to this book - which is such a shame as the book is actually brilliant and made me persevere with the monotonous delivery of Ms Huber.

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  • Elouise Charlton
  • 04-20-22

Couldn’t listen to it

Couldn’t get past the first few minutes. The narration is grating and sounds like a robot

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  • Zsofia Nagy
  • 08-21-21

A Godsend

Pardon the word choice, this book was addictive. Since my recent choice of giving up my poisons of choice - legal but harmful - I find myself needing Lisas in my life.

Lisa's memoir is exquisitely written, it reflects all the good and bad along the journey. Like a multi-layered map that stays with you.

The narration had me a bit confused. 95% beautifully delivered, the different voices so well modulated. Then those 5% where Hillary Huber sounded like an older version Google Translate? Especially in sentences starting with 'as if'.
Was that intentional I wonder?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-21

Enjoyable, but too focused on the before

I enjoyed this book, but I was surprised about how weighted it was towards the ‘blood and thunder’ stories of Lisa’s life BEFORE finding sobriety. I wanted to spend more time with Lisa in the 12 step, recovery, and post drinking parts of her life, but it wasn’t to be. Worth a listen anyway.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-21

absolutely inspirational!

Absolutely amazing story, beautifully written and inspirational! I also loved the narrator's voice!! I would recommend to everyone who likes a memoir! xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-18

Excellent

A very real and authentic look into the life of a high functioning alcoholic/addict. Entertaining also.

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  • Brett Kruger
  • 08-30-18

What a listen!

It takes serious guts to put yourself out to the world like this! Kudos to you Lisa for telling your story "warts and all". An amazing book from start to finish. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-22

great listeni

good to get an understanding of this disease. also the narrator was superb.

highly recommend

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  • DaniG
  • 06-20-22

enjoyed

I loved the 'looking back' style of writing and the narrator was well paced and engaging

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-22

Devoured it

I am trying to stay sober...I am finding memoirs very helpful. This is by far my favourite so far. I DEVOURED it. I couldn’t wait to start listening again. Lisa F. Smith’s brutal honesty, humour and story telling us to be applauded. She makes you cheer for. I want to be her best friend. Her story is shocking but relatable. Love. Love, love this book!! Thank you Lisa!! 🙏🙏🙏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

Didn't love it..

Focused a lot on the drinking and drug use obviously, but totally glossed over the recovery aspect
Didn't really like the narration either. I kept falling asleep. Just OK for a free book if it's a genre you want to read.

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  • Duncan
  • 11-26-21

Witty and Gritty

only small complaint - the author doesn't read it herself. She could also have talked more about her life during recovery. Otherwise rewarding.

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  • Carisscat
  • 11-25-21

Any alcoholic or addict would find it almost impossible to get clean an sober in a a month

All of the addicts and alcoholics I’ve been around in 20 years, not one has got clean and sober first time, ever. People bust numerous times in the first few years. This is not a true account of what having an addiction is like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-21

Amazing!

I loved it. Made me laugh and cry. Beautifully written and narrated. I highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

Basically an alcoholic biography

The reading was well done.
I just was disappointed that this wasn’t really a book I could get lost in. It was just very linear and predictable.