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  • Ham on Rye

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Bukowski
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years, and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this

  • By Parola138 on 12-09-13

A must read for the chronic cynic

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Christian Baskous will now and forever be the voice of Bukowski to me. He takes an already great work and turns it into something even greater. It's like he was made for this story. His performance is worth the credit alone.

  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: John Ventimiglia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West 20th Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Brought to Life

  • By yoguinha on 11-25-16

I did not expect to cry reading this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Without having read the first edition, I still believe this is the superior book. If only to make it easier to gain insight into the people featured within. This book crosses paths with William S. Burroughs’s Junky at a couple of points which only serves to make them both more compelling.

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  • The Eyes of the Dragon

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737

The Kingdom of Delain is at stake when King Roland is murdered and his son and rightful heir, Peter, is framed for the crime. Plotting against him is the evil Flagg and his pawn, young Prince Thomas. Yet with every plan there are holes - like Thomas's terrible secret. And the determined Prince Peter, who is planning a daring escape from his imprisonment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Place to Start

  • By jston on 03-19-16

A must-read for Dark Tower fanatics.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

If you've a great love for the Dark Tower series and in particular Randall Flagg, read this book. I will forever hear Flagg in Bronson Pinchot's interpretation.

The book is not written like the Dark Tower series. It is it's own entity and its pretty darn good.

  • Women

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Bukowski
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

Low-life writer and unrepentant alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. After decades of slacking off at low-paying dead-end jobs, blowing his cash on booze and women, and scrimping by in flea-bitten apartments, Chinaski sees his poetic star rising at last. Now, at 50, he is reveling in his sudden rock-star life, running three hundred hangovers a year, and maintaining a sex life that would cripple Casanova.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't start your Bukowski journey here

  • By Parola138 on 03-19-14

Chinaski 4

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Of the Chinaski books, I find Women to be the least compelling. I loved Ham on Rye and Post Office. I thought Factotum was great. However, had I been reading Women rather than listening to it, I'm not sure that I would have finished it. Christian Baskous's voice and his interpretation of Chinaski make up for story. Absolutely read this if you've read the other three. Just go in with lowered expectations.

  • Naked Lunch

  • The Restored Text
  • By: William S. Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 413

Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful rendition

  • By csk on 10-11-12

A gamechanger to the uninitiated

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Mark Bramhall's narration alone is enough to make this a worthy purchase.

Naked Lunch was my introduction to Burroughs. It was my introduction to a lot of things. It changed the way I think about writing and about books. If you are or have ever been a weirdo or an outcast or any number of such labels, read this book. Stick with it. This is an experience. You will learn. You will change. Or who knows, maybe you'll bounce off of it hard and swear to never read another Beat author again. But screw it, man. This is an important book. Read it.

  • Hole in My Life

  • By: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

This prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great memoir from a great kids/YA author

  • By Matt on 05-10-18

A great memoir from a great kids/YA author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I first read Hole in My Life when it came out. I was 12. I had read the Joey Pigza books in elementary school and the Jack Henry books in sixth grade and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was hungry for more. Naturally, when I discovered this book I begged my parents to buy it for me sight unseen. I was disappointed that it wasn't another Jack Henry book but I couldn't put it down. It was powerful and dangerous. I felt like I was peeking into the real world. I could scarcely believe what the man behind my favorite books had done. Had been through. It stuck with me and still does to this day. I've revisited this book often. Probably more than any other that I've read. If you were a fan of Jack Gantos as a child (or indeed at any point in your life), pick this one up. If you've never heard of the man, this is a solid memoir and worth your time.

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  • Queer

  • By: William S. Burroughs
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith, Andrew Garman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

For more than three decades, while its writer's world fame increased, Queer remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings. Set in the corrupt and spectral Mexico City of the '40s, Queer is the story of William Lee, a man afflicted with both acute heroin withdrawal and romantic and sexual yearnings for an indifferent user named Eugene Allerton. The narrative is punctuated by Lee's outrageous "routines" - brilliant comic monologues that foreshadow Naked Lunch - yet the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Junky 2

  • By Matt on 09-14-16

Junky 2

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Queer is a wonderful follow up to Junky. While not quite as biting as Junky, it still delivers that very Burroughs feeling. The narrator returns from Junky and does a wonderful job.

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