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Junk

By: Les Bohem
Narrated by: John Waters
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

In present day Los Angeles, the alien takeover has begun—but there’s no spaceship and no little green men. Rather, an epic conspiracy is slowly coming to fruition. Thousands of years ago, beings infiltrated our society, bred with humans, then died—leaving an untraceable, inexplicable anomaly in our DNA. Now that genetic code has activated, and chaos has erupted.

But private investigator Tom Lombard has his own chaos to face. His personal life is falling apart, and he just found his latest “missing person” dead in a dumpster. Suddenly he’s being chased by a woman with silver hair and two black-eyed goons with unnatural abilities. And what’s with all these people in masks—and the crazy girl ranting on the internet about the end of the world? Is humanity’s only hope a weird band of eccentrics and one down-on-his-luck, disgraced ex-cop badly in need of a win?

In this wild, souped-up apocalyptic vision of Les Bohem—the acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken—the reckoning begins, culminating in something truly unexpected. And who better to give voice to the wickedly weird world of Junk than transgressive art icon John Waters, whose simultaneously relaxed and dynamic delivery gives this Audible Original a cool, cinematic feel.

This title contains explicit language and depictions of physical and sexual violence that may be upsetting to some listeners. Listener discretion is advised. 

©2018 Leslie Bohem (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • glass1748
  • 01-04-19

Junk

Very poorly written.
Did you ever have the experience
of listening to someone trying to tell a story while this person is going off on tangents, describing unnecessary details and never really getting anywhere? That’s what this book was like.
The title is apt.

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  • Anne
  • 20-03-19

Cynical and ugly worldview still...

It’s possible there’s an exciting story in there somewhere. Poor choice of narrators. He doesn’t change the tone for different characters, pause or place emphasis in the right places, dialogue and action all run together in one big, obnoxious rush. Seems like author is just trying to shock rather than entertain. Can’t recommend the audio book. It might come over better in paperback.

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  • Kingsley
  • 02-03-19

Flat narration on a boring story

This is my least favourite original I have listen to to date. I struggled through to the end, not wanting to give up and hoping it came together into something worthwhile.

In the end it doesn't. Its not good. Its not bad per we. It just is. I came away not having cared about a single thing that happened or a single character. There was no excitement, no interest, no engaging or different story here.

The story itself is about a hidden alien agenda, bringing about the end of the world as we know it. It follows a whole lot of people as they discover the conspiracy and try to prevent it.

The story introduces a lot of characters very quickly, none of which stayed with me or made me care about them. They do things. Or not. Who cares? Who remembers?

Half the things in the book that happen or are discussed have to barring on the story or the outcome. And other parts are undercooked, never fully explaining what is going on.

Maybe the writing would work for TV or screenplays, which is where I understand the author is from. Things could be seen don't need to be described. but here it is bland and/or lacking.

I have no particular issue with violence, sex or vulgarity in stories, but it has to serve a point. And here it does not. It is there for the sake or getting a reaction or being edgy.

The narration doesn't do it any favours either, with every person sounds the same. So its hard to follow conversations or tell who is who.

There is variation for action and emotion, but it matters little if you can't tell, or don't care about who is involved.

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  • FinestHops
  • 29-03-19

don't do it

so I got this book and I regret it. This book is terrible but not only that the narrator just does not do it any justice. A good enough narrator can turn a subpar book into at least tolerable but this narrator took a subpar book and just made it unbearable. I got through about a chapter and a half before I had to just stop. I couldn't take it any longer and because it was one of the monthly Originals, I can't even return it or swap it out or anyting. just do yourself a favor and avoid this book if you can. If you're going to get this book anyway, just keep your expectations really low. and it just sits there and falls short of being interesting. It tries to sit there and rely so heavily on the shock value to keep reader interest but there's only so much you can do when it's a book. It's not like iMovie where you can sit there and throw a big name at it and a bunch of explosions and keep a lot of people occupied.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-19

Confused Mess of a story

Aliens, the Illuminati, DNA viruses, witchcraft, anti consumerism and more. The biggest issue I had with this story is that it doesn’t know what it wants to be. The author just keeps throwing things at the wall to see if it sticks, and little of it does. Poorly written, sex and violence as a shock tactic but used so frequently it dulls any impact of the imagery it is meant to evoke. Dull characters that feel hollow and don’t leave the reader engaged with any of them. In short it feels like the result of a google trend search for the most searched items that was then thrown into a blender and regurgitated as an only semi coherent story. It evokes a William Gibson meets 50 shades by way of a bad mushroom trip vibe. I’m just surprised it didn’t include vampires, werewolves and zombies just for good measure. The ridiculously prolific references to current tech/media/issues will leave it aging badly in a few years.

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  • D. L. Fields
  • 05-03-19

Consider the narrator, and buckle up

It's reasonable to say that JUNK is not for everyone, but the extreme nature of several negative reviews is bewildering. I acquired this as a free monthly original but would have paid for it gladly. The story is not profound or destined to be a classic. It's a rude, balls-out pulpy body-and-brain-horror romp through a city (and world) on the brink of total meltdown... or evolution? (which would be just as final and unpleasant). Imagine SCANNERS crashing headlong into THE HIDDEN with Tim Dorsey behind one wheel and Joe Dante behind the other. It's hyper-violent, often gross, and paced to move. The selection of John Waters to narrate this messy thrill ride in his distinctive bemused chuckle is a clue to the ultra-dark sense of humor underlying it all. If it sounds appealing so far, you'll be in all the way. Otherwise, evidently, you'll absolutely hate it. Don't be like that.

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  • Kaila
  • 01-03-19

The name fits the quality

Tries far too hard to be cool and edgy. All fluff, with very little substance. Don't waste your monthly credit or money.

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  • Megan
  • 01-03-19

For the love of god, don't waste your time!

The combination of the terrible narrator, heavy-handed writing and insipid storyline left me feeling faintly nauseous. Admittedly, I only made it about a half and hour in before I had to shut it off. Thankfully I didn't pay for it. Seriously, don't waste your time.

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  • Avidlistener
  • 30-03-19

Appropriate title

I had to force myself to finish this dystopic book. Violent, disturbing, confusing plot, muddled messages, unlikeable characters, waste of my time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-19

bad story

very hard to follow, foul language and no direction, too hard to follow conversations, poorly done

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