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Junky

By: William S. Burroughs
Narrated by: Andrew Garman,Mark Nelson,T. Ryder Smith
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Burroughs’ first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American postwar drug underground. A cult classic, it has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse, and unapologetic tone.

©1953 A. A. Wynn Inc (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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Had so much potential

This book on its own would have been brilliant. It was very well written, detailed and narrative that is realistic for the characters.
The first two hours of the audiobook was spent describing the author, his knowledge on the subject, his reasoning for writing the manuscript and the authors opinion on changes made to the manuscript. An hour of that was purely in regards to the title being changed and the authors opinion on this change.
Then another hour is spent after the story with a dragging ‘appendix’ that yet again talks of changes in the manuscript.
Personally I feel this is way overdone and completely unnecessary for the story. If this were a study on the original manuscript, this information would be quite handy, but as a story/book for enjoyment, it becomes boring and takes away the majority of the enjoyment of the story. Without this, I would have given this five stars.

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