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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (166 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Johnson Narrator: Steven Mackintosh Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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Mark Johnson's father had LOVE tattooed across his left hand, but that didn't stop the beatings. The Johnson children would turn up to school with broken fingers and chipped teeth, but no one ever thought of investigating their home life. Mark just slipped through the cracks, and kept on falling. For years.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/11/2013

    " Super depressing look into complete addiction - living on the street, decaying body, stealing to support his habit. An eye-opening look at the total hell of addiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AnnMarie Johnson | 9/9/2013

    " A stark, powerful memoir of abuse--at the hands of his father as well as his own self-abusive behavior addicted to drugs and alcohol. Does not pull any punches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 9/5/2013

    " I really liked this book. Lots of gritty detail about drugs etc but as I work in a prison it gave me an insight into the life of an addict "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 6/12/2013

    " "Wasted: a childhood...a life redeemed" was a riveting account of a heroin addict's lifestyle, what rock bottom looks like, and what it takes to get clean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sara warner | 3/24/2013

    " scary. sad. gross. fascinating. a peek into another world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dramaticjen | 1/26/2013

    " Wow, everyone should read this incredibly honest account of seeming hopelessness and despair. An extraordinary emotional roller-coaster of a read but a journey so worth taking, life changing stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angélique | 8/21/2012

    " This book--Wow. The journey that Mark made is absolutely incredible, as well as the rawness with which he recounted it. He described his struggle so poignantly that I was brought to tears several times throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Catrine | 6/12/2012

    " Brutally honest book about drug abuse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne Purvis | 4/16/2012

    " I flew this book in record time. An amazing and quite a depressing story of how someone can truly hit rock bottom and then somehow manage to turn their life around. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/6/2012

    " I didn't care for this book. It went on and on about his years of addiction and then his rehab years we're only a couple chapters. It is amazing how addictions change people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beeyankah Wilde | 10/8/2011

    " i loved this book, how honest and british it was. fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Morse | 5/7/2011

    " Best book I have read in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/3/2010

    " it'll be difficult to find a more engulfing book...once started, i didn't stop until finished! an awesome weekends read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 11/30/2010

    " Wow! The main question I had after reading this book is how is Mark Johnson still alive? I usually don't read books written by authors from England but I really enjoyed "Wasted". I would recommend this to anyone looking for a book on addiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tressa | 10/8/2010

    " Wow, this book is depressing but amazing at the same time. A real story of triumph over adversity.There's a whole lot about his addictions, especially drug use, so don't read it if you think you'll be offended!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 9/29/2010

    " "Wasted: a childhood...a life redeemed" was a riveting account of a heroin addict's lifestyle, what rock bottom looks like, and what it takes to get clean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 8/10/2010

    " Super depressing look into complete addiction - living on the street, decaying body, stealing to support his habit. An eye-opening look at the total hell of addiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sara | 7/24/2010

    " scary. sad. gross. fascinating. a peek into another world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beeyankah | 5/20/2010

    " i loved this book, how honest and british it was. fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 9/29/2008

    " Best book I have read in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 2/21/2008

    " Brutally honest book about drug abuse. "

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