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Cherry

Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Cherry by Nico Walker, read by Jeremy Bobb.

Cleveland, Ohio, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at - robbing banks. 

Hammered out on a prison typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.

©2019 Nico Walker (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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  • 03-24-19

Relentlessly Dark and Nihilistic

This isn't a novel, it's an autobiography.

The protagonist seems set on a path to destruction long before joining the army and most of his relationships seem unfulfilling and kind of pointless.
I did enjoy the book, but left it at the end feeling unfulfilled.
The account of the war is very descriptive and gives a good sense of the futility of the war. Young men and civilians dying for no good reason. The main message seems to be that drugs are fun but they will kill you.
Not a book to read if you need cheering up...