From the cow fields of Connecticut to the streets of San Francisco, Joe Clifford's Junkie Love traverses the lost highways of America, down the rocky roads of mental illness to the dead ends of addiction. Based on Clifford's own harrowing experience with drugs as a rock 'n' roll wannabe in the 1990s, the book draws on the best of Kerouac and the Beats, injecting a heavy dose of pulp fiction as it threads a rollicking narrative through a doomed love triangle, lit up by the many strange characters he meets along the way. Part road story, part resurrection tale, Junkie Love finds a way to laugh in one's darkest hour, while never abandoning its heart in search of a home.
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Definitely one of the best books I've listened to!
I'm sure I would. This is a real life story of this horrible addiction and tells it like it is. Nothing pretty to sugar coat anything, just flat out honest.
The scene with the mouse droppings on the top of the refrigerator was really gross but it was a good example of the depth of this addiction.
The narrator was excellent for this. I have no complaints at all.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I appreciate the opportunity to listen to this story. It was heartbreaking, yet gives hope that a person can get through this addiction and find a life again. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the raw truth of this addiction.
- rhonda walker
True or not, this listen was so real!
I listened to this book and the entire time I kept asking myself, is this a true story? At times, I decided that it couldn't be, Then it resonated so real that I was back believing that it must be. At the end, it really didn't matter. It read true and that made it true.
There are some really unpleasant things that happens in this book.. Most of it at the hands of the main character, Joe. Joe made some very bad decisions. They were rational, well, junkie rational, but bad nonetheless. That's what made the book so real. None of the things that happened to Joe or the reasons behind them seemed forced or unnatural. None of the situations he found himself in, as bizarre as they were, seemed unrealistic, even the rat poop.
This book is also incredibly well-narrated. I listen to quite a few audiobooks and I'm not sure that anyone I've listened to in the past could have handled this material. It took a deft hand (tongue?) to make Joe real, to make his struggle real, to make his pain real. Maybe the narrator had a lot to do with why this listen felt real.
Whatever the reasons behind it, this is a really good, uncomfortable, hard-to-believe listen and is well worth your time.