Constantly in trouble at school, he began stealing at the age of seven, was drinking by the age of eight, and took his first hit of heroin at age 11. Art college beckoned the sensitive and intelligent boy, but he ended up in Portland prison instead.
With searing honesty, Wasted documents Mark's descent into the very depths of addiction and criminality. Homeless and hooked on heroin and crack, no one, least of all Mark, believed he would survive. And yet he somehow found the strength to pull through, and now runs his own thriving tree-surgery business, employing and helping other recovering addicts.
Both shocking and inspirational, this is a heartbreaking and compelling account of one man's struggle to save himself, and help save others in the process.
©2007 Mark Johnson; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
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.
"Kind of Boring"
I did not really like listening to this book. I did not like the narrators voice.
I don't remember the ending
Boring, Slow and Annoying
No i do not because I did not like this one
Yes although a short book it is well written and well read
Come back to me by Claire Fontaine and MiaFontaine same story line
Enjoyed the whole book
You can do it!
"Triumph over tragedy"
I was hooked from the first words spoken. This story is amazing how this person overcame a horrific start in life I am sure needs to be heard or read by many so they know they are not alone and that it really is possible. Do yourself a favour and have a listen you wont be sorry even though Mark doesn't read this the man that does makes you think that you are listening to Mark and are there with him telling you the story viewing his life through Mark's eyes.
As an addict currently in recovery myself, this book inspires me to no end. Everyones bottom is different. This kid was amazing and the story he has of being a homeless addict, to a person in recovery that still works the 12 step program, gives back to others, and has taken himself to be a promising business owner is triumphant!!! One day at a time....
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