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