Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir

Written by:
Matthew Perry
Narrated by:
Matthew Perry

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
220
Narrator
79
Release Date
November 2022
Duration
8 hours 49 minutes
Summary
'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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.
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Anonymous

Wanted to like this. Wanted to see this as a story for those struggling. It's not. It's mean and it's lacking in personal responsibility. the Keanu comments...wtf. Can I get my money back for a book that sucks?

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Perkibest22

This was more a story about addiction than the TV show Friends. I was engrossed in the story until the last hour or so when he repeated the same thing over and over again. Eh.

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Anonymous

Loved it from start to finish.

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Laurie T.

Guttural. As a 20 year old that watched the pilot of Friends in 1994 and cried like a baby on the last episode, I was devoted to the entire cast. I too played the game, “Which ‘Friend’ would you want?” Answer: “Chandler.” I knew I wanted to hear what Matthew Perry had to say, but I’m the release of the book already started to get an inside idea. I knew through the press years ago that he had some challenges and left it there. Be careful meeting your hero’s, part of my take away. Matthew made choices I can not comprehend. I also can not imagine the pain he must have felt in his mind. If this book is a giant thank you to the hundreds of people who helped him over decades, it probably still isn’t enough. Does this book bring another magnifying glass to mental health, I hope so to those that listen. For me, I had to take this in 30-45 mins doses because I found it to be so painful and at times a little irritating. His story is his and his life has been very much a challenge. His gift is greater than his demons, I hope.

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Anonymous

Great book and insight into his troubled life

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Angela M.

Really really moving. The intricacies of his addictions and pain in his childhood and the deep wounds he carried helps the listeners understand addictions on a deeper level. I have so much compassion and sorrow and love for him and what he suffered with. It takes real bravery and vulnerability to share this, especially since he is so famous. Thank you Matthew, I hope you find your love and you continue to love a full life free from pull to escape. Xo, Angela

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Anonymous

Thank you Matthew Perry.

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Rosemary C.

Interesting poignant story told by a comedian about his very tortured life due to his drug/alcohol addiction. It’s practically impossible to believe that he survived all of his crashes but thank God he did. Such hope for so many out there who are fighting addiction! They are not bad people, they are addicted to the crutch. Easy to understand. Hope and pray you stay clean!!

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Marianne S.

Very open and honest. Proud of Matthew Perry for sharing his story.

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Anonymous

Very good, interesting, sad, and funny.

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Suzy C.

The story was very good and interesting. It’s helpful by giving insight into what it’s like to live, fighting such strong addiction. Matthew doesn’t hold back so at times you wonder why anyone would want to be his friend. It’s likely his humor. He uses self deprecating yet honest humor as he tells about his life. It was a very interesting book and it was done before I knew it.

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Anonymous

It was tough subject matter and i needed to take breaks, but I did appreciate his humor. He is an addict and therefore his behavior and mindset is that of an addict and can come off as entitled, when in fact he’s- an addict.

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Megan G.

entertaining the way he describes things. so crazy to see the sad and hard life he has lived.

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Pamela Brown

Totally awesome.

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Anonymous

My heart goes out to Matthew Perry. Addiction is no joke, the fact that he overcame it should be celebrated!

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Mary F.

If you are a Matthew Perry fan you will love this book. Glad that he finally got it together.

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Emily R.

One of the best books I’ve listened to in a long time. Matthew is a great storyteller and incorporates his humor and sarcasm during the most intense parts. His raw honesty and desire to help others who struggle with addiction is inspiring. It will be a definite listen-again book for me!

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Laura Z.

Great book

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Lori D.

I am amazed by your honesty and heartbroken of what your 30 years have brought you Matthew . My son is 25 and I’m devastated of what he is going through any guidance would be most grateful. Thank you Matthew for your beautiful journey! You are truly loved …Always, Lori Dean

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Nancy K.

I thought Matthew Perry's memoir was honest and brave, but most importunately much about love & compassion. I hope this memoir will continue to help him stay sober and live a healthy joyful life. It's never too late!

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Anonymous

What a brave, honest and great memoir. As a huge fan of Matty’s I love him more now than ever. He is brutally honest about his struggles and owns it. He is just a genuine guy.

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Anonymous

very good boom

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LGKAI

Great memoir! Loved it!

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Jeanne M.

I will never watch friends the same again!

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