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Junk

By: Les Bohem
Narrated by: John Waters
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3,846 ratings)
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I recommend this so much! I'm a sci-fi fanatic and this is one of my favorites. It's unlike another other book.The storyline was incredibly entertaining, and John Waters narrating it? Perfection.

- Dixie, Audible listener
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Suitcase in the driveway, that couldn’t be good
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He’d never seen a tattoo like it
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Her eyes were crystals of black
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About a third of the population was gone

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John Waters

About the Performer

Titan of trash and auteur of the absurd John Waters has written and directed 16 movies, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, and A Dirty Shame. In addition to his film work, he is an author of eight books and a photographer whose work has been shown in galleries all over the world. Waters also serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Film Festival and has been a key participant in the Provincetown International Film Festival since it began in 1999—the same year Waters was honored as the first recipient of PIFF’s Filmmaker on the Edge award. In 2014, Film Society of Lincoln Center honored his 50 years in filmmaking with a 10-day celebration and the following year Waters was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He’d shortly thereafter be awarded a second doctorate from the Maryland Institute College of Arts. His contribution to cinema is so celebrated the British Film Institute honored his oeuvre with a program called The Complete Films of John Waters…Every Goddam One of Them in 2015. The same year the French Minister of Culture bestowed upon him the rank of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters. In February, 2017, he was honored with the Writers Guild of America, East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award, lauding his iconic body of work as a writer in motion pictures.

Les Bohem

About the Author

Les Bohem was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cultish hit with their single, Are You Ready For the Sex Girls. At the same time, he was holding down a day job as the bass player with the legendary band, Sparks. After this burgeoning career in rock and roll stopped burgeoning, Les started writing. He has written a lot of movies and TV shows including Twenty Bucks, Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo, and the mini-series, Taken, which he wrote and executive produced with Steven Spielberg and for which he won an Emmy award. He has had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Freddy Fender, Steve Gillette, Johnette Napolitano, and Alvin (of the Chipmunks). His first solo album, Moved to Duarte, was released last year to rave reviews and absolutely no sales or downloads.

Photo by Bonnie Perkinson

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Consider the narrator, and buckle up

It's reasonable to say that JUNK is not for everyone, but the extreme nature of several negative reviews is bewildering. I acquired this as a free monthly original but would have paid for it gladly. The story is not profound or destined to be a classic. It's a rude, balls-out pulpy body-and-brain-horror romp through a city (and world) on the brink of total meltdown... or evolution? (which would be just as final and unpleasant). Imagine SCANNERS crashing headlong into THE HIDDEN with Tim Dorsey behind one wheel and Joe Dante behind the other. It's hyper-violent, often gross, and paced to move. The selection of John Waters to narrate this messy thrill ride in his distinctive bemused chuckle is a clue to the ultra-dark sense of humor underlying it all. If it sounds appealing so far, you'll be in all the way. Otherwise, evidently, you'll absolutely hate it. Don't be like that.

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Flat narration on a boring story

This is my least favourite original I have listen to to date. I struggled through to the end, not wanting to give up and hoping it came together into something worthwhile.

In the end it doesn't. Its not good. Its not bad per we. It just is. I came away not having cared about a single thing that happened or a single character. There was no excitement, no interest, no engaging or different story here.

The story itself is about a hidden alien agenda, bringing about the end of the world as we know it. It follows a whole lot of people as they discover the conspiracy and try to prevent it.

The story introduces a lot of characters very quickly, none of which stayed with me or made me care about them. They do things. Or not. Who cares? Who remembers?

Half the things in the book that happen or are discussed have to barring on the story or the outcome. And other parts are undercooked, never fully explaining what is going on.

Maybe the writing would work for TV or screenplays, which is where I understand the author is from. Things could be seen don't need to be described. but here it is bland and/or lacking.

I have no particular issue with violence, sex or vulgarity in stories, but it has to serve a point. And here it does not. It is there for the sake or getting a reaction or being edgy.

The narration doesn't do it any favours either, with every person sounds the same. So its hard to follow conversations or tell who is who.

There is variation for action and emotion, but it matters little if you can't tell, or don't care about who is involved.

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Great for SiFi lovers.

I thought this book was really fun. I liked the story. I have seen the basic idea before but I thought all the plots were well developed. I was entertained. I think the reader lacked proper intonation at some points. The character would say something bleak or sarcastic but it was hard to tell by how it was read.

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The name fits the quality

Tries far too hard to be cool and edgy. All fluff, with very little substance. Don't waste your monthly credit or money.

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Don't read all the other reviews...

... as I did and almost didn't take the free member's offering. John Waters, IMHO probably wasn't the best pick for the narrator. He's an Icon, but not an actor or narrator. Not enough differentiation in the voices of characters. Wil Wheaton would have done an excellent job since he seems a more 'contemporary' voice.

The story was good and John just made it harder to follow, but about 1/2 way through he seemed to take off and actually brought some 'life' to it. Perhaps the producers had some effect to convince him to put some emotion into it. (at times he reminded me of a GrandPa reading a book to a child... and I shudder to think THAT thought!)

There are complaints in the reviews about the language and what seems gratuitous sexual violence. Again, in my opinion, it represents our current culture and the almost sociopathic trends some of us see, which 'the bad guys' in the book are intended to portray. All of these are not surprising for the theme of the book.

So, if some real gritty, nasty and somewhat revolting scenes bother you, don't even start it. If you believe, as I do, that our society has already hit Rock Bottom, and want to see what alien intervention could do with what we offer, this book does a pretty good job of serving that up.

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For the love of god, don't waste your time!

The combination of the terrible narrator, heavy-handed writing and insipid storyline left me feeling faintly nauseous. Admittedly, I only made it about a half and hour in before I had to shut it off. Thankfully I didn't pay for it. Seriously, don't waste your time.

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Pleasantly surprised

I received this book from the free monthly books Audible gives to members. I loved it I didn't think it would be as good as it was it was better. Non stop action from beginning to end with a bumbling alpha male hell I would have brought this book.

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Riveting, But Believe the Warnings

Spent the better part of my weekend listening to this performance. I could not stop. I'm not much into fiction, mostly listen to lecture series and non-fiction, but this one caught my eye. The writing was very good. John Waters was even better as narrator. The tale is pretty dark and gloomy and definitely R if no not X rated, mostly due to the casual, graphic violence. Plenty of sex, but it's much less explicit. As with most sci-fi thrillers, the end kind of disappoints.

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A Charming End of the World Yarn

The novel was great, but the performance by John Waters was EXCELLENT. Please tell him to narrate more books!

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Fun story. bad narrator.

Story gets kind of crazy, but it's a fun outlandish listen. With so many characters I wish the narrator would have paused more, it's hard to tell when one character's line stops and another begins.

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