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Wasted | [Mark Johnson]

Wasted

With searing honesty, Wasted documents Mark's descent into the very depths of addiction and criminality. Homeless and hooked on heroin and crack, no one, least of all Mark, believed he would survive. And yet he somehow found the strength to pull through, and now runs his own thriving tree-surgery business, employing and helping other recovering addicts.
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Mark Johnson's father had LOVE tattooed across his left hand, but that didn't stop the beatings. The Johnson children would turn up to school with broken fingers and chipped teeth, but no one ever thought of investigating their home life. Mark just slipped through the cracks, and kept on falling. For years.

Constantly in trouble at school, he began stealing at the age of seven, was drinking by the age of eight, and took his first hit of heroin at age 11. Art college beckoned the sensitive and intelligent boy, but he ended up in Portland prison instead.

With searing honesty, Wasted documents Mark's descent into the very depths of addiction and criminality. Homeless and hooked on heroin and crack, no one, least of all Mark, believed he would survive. And yet he somehow found the strength to pull through, and now runs his own thriving tree-surgery business, employing and helping other recovering addicts.

Both shocking and inspirational, this is a heartbreaking and compelling account of one man's struggle to save himself, and help save others in the process.

©2007 Mark Johnson; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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

    Yes although a short book it is well written and well read


    What other book might you compare Wasted to and why?

    Come back to me by Claire Fontaine and MiaFontaine same story line


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    Enjoyed the whole book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can do it!


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    Alana Mardi, Australia 12-13-11
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    I was hooked from the first words spoken. This story is amazing how this person overcame a horrific start in life I am sure needs to be heard or read by many so they know they are not alone and that it really is possible. Do yourself a favour and have a listen you wont be sorry even though Mark doesn't read this the man that does makes you think that you are listening to Mark and are there with him telling you the story viewing his life through Mark's eyes.

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    kelly peoria, AZ, United States 09-23-11
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    "Inspiring"

    As an addict currently in recovery myself, this book inspires me to no end. Everyones bottom is different. This kid was amazing and the story he has of being a homeless addict, to a person in recovery that still works the 12 step program, gives back to others, and has taken himself to be a promising business owner is triumphant!!! One day at a time....

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    "Great insight couldnt stop listening"

    This book has been written by Mark Johnson and covers the extraordinary battle that he went through with his addictions. This shows that there is a way out with guts and determination and the help of others along the way. Well done Mark very well written and honest too. This book should surely help others along life?s path everyone needs to give it a listen. If it helps just one person its done its job although I feel it has something to teach everyone.

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