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Junky

Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

©2012 William S. Burroughs (P)2012 W.F. Howes

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Bored

So bored. When it said ‘the end’ I was so relieved, until it kept going. A lot of detail couched in not enough story. Druggies are boring to everybody but themselves. This I have learnt.

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  • Red Emma
  • 15-04-2014

I've read it twice and listened to it once

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It's an American classic. If you consider yourself well-read this really should be on your list.

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  • Parola138
  • 26-08-2014

Love this book

First off, I hate Naked Lunch. Maybe the worst book I've ever read. Burroughs is one of those writers you feel like you're supposed to like, then you read Naked Lunch and decide for yourself its all academic snob hype and nothing more. Junky is a different beast altogether. Junky is very blunt, very well-written. It transports you back in time very easily to the 1950's. It falls into line with On the Road, but to me is the darker, brooding kid brother. Narration on this is great. If you hated Naked Lunch, give this a shot (in the arm).

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  • Kim
  • 15-03-2019

Boring

The introduction and some of the details of Burroughs' life were more interesting than the actual story. It really struggled along and the narrator was pretty dry too. You'd think this would be a more interesting read but it surely was not. I got half way through it and thought life is too short.

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  • andrew finch
  • 24-01-2019

brilliant

this book is one of the most telling, informative and insightful books on addiction ever conjured on page

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  • John W. Aldis, MD
  • 13-10-2018

current view on opioid addiction 70 years ago

The author got a few minor points wrong, but his picture of addiction is as perfect today as it was 70 years ago. Reading it reminds me that we have less to learn and more reasons to act rather than to wait another 70 years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-2018

Wonderful

Over all an incredible story and narration. I'm looking for more books by Burroughs immediately.

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  • Mary
  • 10-12-2014

A playful yet serious read

What would have made Junky better?

Nothing would of made this story better. The way that the narrators spoke was kind of fun and lightened the fact that the book was about addiction which made it not such a serious read about drugs but still a good read.

If you’ve listened to books by William S. Burroughs before, how does this one compare?

I have never read one of his books before.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was just a little light of a book for me...I like books that are more in depth and graphic and specific.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-2014

a great book and a great story-teller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
anybody that can put their hands on this book will learn something about a world next door
What was one of the most memorable moments of Junky?
that i paid for it, downloaded it but the download failed me for some time. Audible does NOT LISTEN, BUT KEEP FORCE-FEEDING me with irrelevant questions. And keep charging for credits before the old ones are spent, and the Audible account closed because I refuse to buy new ones.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, when the download is ok, this is a perfect listen for a long car drive

Any additional comments?
I am a Mac-usaer, but for the time being I use a PC. I bought 20 credits at the time, and at one point I had unused credits, Audible added me 20 new, of which I paid for all but some was just removed.. Audible pay shit, and does not care for employees or listeners. I am ready to pay 1€ more per audiobook if that would improve working conditions for narrators and employees, and also work over Audibles web-pages. they suck

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