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Junk

By: Les Bohem
Narrated by: John Waters
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11,318 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained. In Junk, seers for centuries have had visions that turned out to be messages from our alien DNA. The time for the takeover is now. The aliens are ready, and they are starting to bloom.

This title contains explicit language and depictions of physical and sexual violence that may be upsetting to some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

©2018 Leslie Bohem (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Junk

Very poorly written.
Did you ever have the experience
of listening to someone trying to tell a story while this person is going off on tangents, describing unnecessary details and never really getting anywhere? That’s what this book was like.
The title is apt.

65 of 70 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 03-20-19

Cynical and ugly worldview still...

It’s possible there’s an exciting story in there somewhere. Poor choice of narrators. He doesn’t change the tone for different characters, pause or place emphasis in the right places, dialogue and action all run together in one big, obnoxious rush. Seems like author is just trying to shock rather than entertain. Can’t recommend the audio book. It might come over better in paperback.

41 of 45 people found this review helpful

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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.

282 of 318 people found this review helpful

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don't do it

so I got this book and I regret it. This book is terrible but not only that the narrator just does not do it any justice. A good enough narrator can turn a subpar book into at least tolerable but this narrator took a subpar book and just made it unbearable. I got through about a chapter and a half before I had to just stop. I couldn't take it any longer and because it was one of the monthly Originals, I can't even return it or swap it out or anyting. just do yourself a favor and avoid this book if you can. If you're going to get this book anyway, just keep your expectations really low. and it just sits there and falls short of being interesting. It tries to sit there and rely so heavily on the shock value to keep reader interest but there's only so much you can do when it's a book. It's not like iMovie where you can sit there and throw a big name at it and a bunch of explosions and keep a lot of people occupied.

31 of 35 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Kaila
  • FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS, United States
  • 03-01-19

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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Confused Mess of a story

Aliens, the Illuminati, DNA viruses, witchcraft, anti consumerism and more. The biggest issue I had with this story is that it doesn’t know what it wants to be. The author just keeps throwing things at the wall to see if it sticks, and little of it does. Poorly written, sex and violence as a shock tactic but used so frequently it dulls any impact of the imagery it is meant to evoke. Dull characters that feel hollow and don’t leave the reader engaged with any of them. In short it feels like the result of a google trend search for the most searched items that was then thrown into a blender and regurgitated as an only semi coherent story. It evokes a William Gibson meets 50 shades by way of a bad mushroom trip vibe. I’m just surprised it didn’t include vampires, werewolves and zombies just for good measure. The ridiculously prolific references to current tech/media/issues will leave it aging badly in a few years.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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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bad

would give negative 5 star if I could bad story that's all over the place

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Junk it is

Complete trash. If you want to float around in the cesspool of human depravity here’s your book.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful