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Wasting Talent Audiobook

Wasting Talent

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Publisher's Summary

His music could have made Damien Cantwell the star of his generation. But living fast has its consequences, and Damien soon finds himself spiraling into a dark world full of unfettered debauchery and brutal violence. The horrors of drug addiction are painted in sharp, biting prose in this novel about throwing away everything and finding that some things are too precious to lose.

©2014 Ryan Leone (P)2015 Ryan Leone

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    Robin Eletto 11-04-15
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    "Insane"

    This book had me cringing almost the entire time with the amount of detail the author went into. Beautifully sad and twisted love story. Totally recommend it.

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    chelsey 06-08-17
    chelsey 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great read or listen!"

    This book was awesome! Really depicts addiction at its worst. If you get easily offended or are kind of uptight NOT the book for you. I loved listening too this, I finished it in only a few days. One thing that I'm a little disappointed in is the lack of recovery. It doesn't explain in detail Damien getting his shit together and moving forward. I think that it should have shed a littttttle light on his recovery process but it was an overall great listen! You won't regret it, unless you're uptight :)

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    Stephanieelise 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "spectacular, addicting, suspenseful, raw, "etc""

    I loved the story from the very beginning. This book is RAW, REAL AND ADDICTING from the start. I finished this over 8 hour book in one day. It was that good. But I like weird shit. Struggling with my own addiction, I can relate to what he struggles with emotionally and his every day quest to stay high. If you don't like raunchy, full blown narrated sex, drugs and violence then this isn't the book for you. The narrator is good with impersonating the characters but will admit, the girl impressions got a little old haha. Over all, this was a great story and would love for a part 2. Although, it was by far what I was initially looking for, and was less of a self help, encouraging, inspirational story.. I can appreciate the realness, honest and open, crude content of the storyline​. this is definitely a story I'll keep in my mind for quite a long time.. like I'm a living character in the book; was sad to hear it end.. like I was emotionally attached to the characters and feel like I will miss them. If you're looking for such a type of story to be completely lost in for a couple of days I recommend this book to you.
    -Enjoy

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    Mihaela 06-26-16
    Mihaela 06-26-16
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    "A crazed wild ride down the rabbit hole."

    If you are a fan of Fear and Loathing or Trainspotting, this one is for you. The narration was excellent, with distinct character voices keeping me entertained and attentive the entire time. The book is timely with anecdotes of the current state of prescription and other drug abuse and enters into the shocking, often crazed state of mind of its' experimenters. The story left a few plot holes that I would've like have resolved but the overall 5 star rating is for the audiobook because I'm not sure I would've read it but hearing the narrator felt more like I was watching a movie...a really harsh rated R movie that I wouldn't want to watch around my parents haha!

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    Charlaine Hill Irvine, California United States 05-26-16
    Charlaine Hill Irvine, California United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "No redeeming value"

    Looking at the other reviews, I guess I'm the only reader who found nothing of value in this book. The author sounds like a teenaged dropout whose sole purpose in life is to eat, snort and inject every mind-altering drug he could get his hands on, by whatever means necessary. I read many books in this genre and find the authors usually have a keen wit despite the self-absorption that goes hand-in-hand with addiction. Many incidents the author describes stretch credibility to the limit, for example, when the police stop a car full of drugged to the max young people, one of whom is dead, Damien scares them away by telling them his dad is a high-powered attorney! Really? The story seems to me, to be a vehicle for describing explicit sexual acts, including child pornography and the myriads of ways drugs can be ingested, with the bare-bones of a storyline to give it some structure. I'm in a minority of one or maybe two people to give this book a bad review. Maybe it's me, what am I missing?

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    akmama 04-27-16
    akmama 04-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book, great narrator"

    i loved it! this book gives great insight on how far people will go for their high.

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    Mary Ann Berger 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Addictive"

    all I can say is when I started the book I wasn't sure what to expect and wasn't sure if it was something I would be interested in but as we rolled along I found myself more and more intrigued, it has a feel of raunchiness, very raw but something about it is so captivating, also Damian the star character easily expressed thoughts that we've all had but never have said out loud, I became addicted! as addicted to the characters as they were to drugs I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next I listened to it all the way from Washington State to Iowa it was awesome.
    the narration was captivating I really enjoyed how he use different voices for all the characters I would recommend this book but it's not for the faint at heart because it does have a lot of raunchy stuff in it you just gotta have to overlook it and know that what the characters are going through as their lifestyle most of it goes hand in hand it's a true portrait.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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