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  • Cherry

  • A Novel
  • By: Nico Walker
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

It's 2003, and as a college freshman in Cleveland, our narrator is adrift until he meets Emily. The two of them experience an instant, life-changing connection. But when he almost loses her, he chooses to make an indelible statement: He joins the army. The outcome will not be good for either of them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • being an ex-junky is much cooler than being a junky

  • By K Sabatini on 09-02-18

Not bad but also not that great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I suppose my expectations were a bit high since it was compared to Reservoir Dogs and Jesus' Son. Didn't quite reach the levels of the aforementioned titles but still somewhat entertaining none the less. Cherry is a story about drug usage and robbing banks which has been done many many times before. Also, a ton of chapters are dedicated to military service and fighting the war on terror. So if stories about being in the military are not your thing, I would recommend passing on this due to the amount of time dedicated to this subject. The plots that detailed the drug usage/addiction and bank robbing were not very exciting at all. I felt more effort could have been put forth to make them more interesting. Nothing seemed very extraordinary, but that could have been the point. The narrator was decent, with a good voice. Although he sounded a lot like Jack Nicholson and that was distracting at times.

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