• Wasting Talent

  • By: Ryan Leone
  • Narrated by: Jeff Wiley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

His music could have made Damien Cantwell the star of his generation. But living fast has its consequences, and Damien soon finds himself spiraling into a dark world full of unfettered debauchery and brutal violence. The horrors of drug addiction are painted in sharp, biting prose in this novel about throwing away everything and finding that some things are too precious to lose.

©2014 Ryan Leone (P)2015 Ryan Leone

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  • 10-27-19

fantastic

this book captures the life of many drug addicts. the small little details ryan describes are exact memories of my struggling days.

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RYAN NEVER LETS ME DOWN!!!

Ryan, is a talented author, story teller and visionary. Ever since I’ve found his work on YOUTUBE it’s all I ever look forward to watch after I get off work or get ready for bed or even when I wake up on the morning I’m patiently awaiting something new from Ryan’s arsenal!! I would highly recommend this book and anything else he is a part off!!Thank you Ryan!!

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Insane

This book had me cringing almost the entire time with the amount of detail the author went into. Beautifully sad and twisted love story. Totally recommend it.

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Awesome story great book

Ryan Leone came through with a banger on this one definitely recommend reading it also listen to his stories on YouTube brings more details to the storyline

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Couldn't stop listening once I started.

I think Wasting Talent was a phenomenal. book. The way Ryan tells the stories are SOOOO DESCRIPTIVE and you ALMOST feel like ur there. Can't wait for rhe album, or the new book. PLEASEEE get someone else to read it....dude was mispronouncing words and all. PALABRA
-Mark Dipasquale

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Captivating and realistic!

This book is great. An easy read that holds your attention. If you or someone you are close to has dealt with addiction you will be able to relate to this book. It highlights the disfunctional lifestyles that your average addict deals with. Check it out, it is funny at moments and intensely real at others. You will enjoy it.

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great

great listen would love a sequel wild minded individual would highly recommend to any one with a sense of humor

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Amazing I love it!

I never usually leave reveiws on anything but this audiobook is the best one I have EVER listened to! I became a fan of Ryan Leone on Youtube and I finally decided to get his book and I have absolutly NO regrets and neither will you. I wish it had a part 2 and I seriously cant get enough!

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No redeeming value

Looking at the other reviews, I guess I'm the only reader who found nothing of value in this book. The author sounds like a teenaged dropout whose sole purpose in life is to eat, snort and inject every mind-altering drug he could get his hands on, by whatever means necessary. I read many books in this genre and find the authors usually have a keen wit despite the self-absorption that goes hand-in-hand with addiction. Many incidents the author describes stretch credibility to the limit, for example, when the police stop a car full of drugged to the max young people, one of whom is dead, Damien scares them away by telling them his dad is a high-powered attorney! Really? The story seems to me, to be a vehicle for describing explicit sexual acts, including child pornography and the myriads of ways drugs can be ingested, with the bare-bones of a storyline to give it some structure. I'm in a minority of one or maybe two people to give this book a bad review. Maybe it's me, what am I missing?

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Real and Raw

Strong real tale of addiction and the aftermath of it ...Powerful story about losing yourself in drugs

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  • 04-07-20

Harrowing story of real life

Great writing excellent story as a recovered heroin addict thanks Ryan youve shone a light on the reality of addiction

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  • lee w.
  • 10-10-19

great 1st novel

listened to the hole book in 2 sittings! was a crazy ride from the very first page to the last.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-20

very good

awesome book highly recommend it, the audio was great. looking forward to June Gloom., hello from Australia. Palabra

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-19

I could taste the drugs at points and reminisce.

Loved it. Cant wait for the movie. wish there could be a second with Dameon will wait n see

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