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Publisher's Summary

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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Kind of Boring

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did not really like listening to this book. I did not like the narrators voice.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I don't remember the ending

What three words best describe Steven Mackintosh’s voice?

Boring, Slow and Annoying

Do you think Wasted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No i do not because I did not like this one

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GOOD LISTEN

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

Which scene was your favorite?

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

Triumph over tragedy

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

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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  • African Queen
  • 02-03-16

Brilliant!

absolutely brilliant! Very inspiring! A must read / listen for anyone that has hit rock bottom and can't find their way up!

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  • Martin
  • 02-17-15

Inspiring

I was shocked when I started listening to this book but soon I had to realise that the story of Mark Johnson's life is not unique. Domestic abuse, alcohol and drug addictions, homelessness... are reality for too many people. But this is not a story of misery and despair, this is story of hope and inspiration. This memoir illustrates how cruel life can be but also how much one can achieve if they only want.
This is a great and inspiring listen!

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  • Stephanie
  • 10-07-10

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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  • Rage Reset
  • 01-25-15

The Definitive Addiction Memoir

I've read most of the so-called misery memoirs available, and probably all which deal with drug addiction. This one, for mine, is utterly peerless.

Mark had a nightmarish upbringing and went as deep as it is possible to go into extreme drug addiction as it is possible to go without dying.

The narrative is thorough yet simply-written, told in a matter-of-fact manner which flows smoothly and omits needless words. At no point does it attempt to elicit sympathy - a standout feature in books of its type.

The icing on the cake is the fact that Mark went from an emaciated street addict; penniless, homeless and hopeless to a social entrepreneur who was recently awarded an MBE. His is quite simply the most inspiring story I have ever read and I urge everyone to read it.

As Mark says: if people can change, the world can change.

I deducted one star from the Performance rating only because the version was abridged. This is not the fault of Steven Mackintosh, who delivers a faultless performance.

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