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Les Bohem

About the Creator

Les Bohem was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cultish hit with their single, "Are You Ready For the Sex Girls". At the same time, he was holding down a day job as the bass player with the legendary band, Sparks. After this burgeoning career in rock and roll stopped burgeoning, Les started writing. He has written a lot of movies and TV shows including Twenty Bucks, Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo, and the mini-series, Taken, which he wrote and executive produced with Steven Spielberg and for which he won an Emmy award. He has had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Freddy Fender, Steve Gillette, Johnette Napolitano, and Alvin (of the Chipmunks). His first solo album, Moved to Duarte, was released last year to rave reviews and absolutely no sales or downloads.
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About the Perfomer

Neil Hellegers is an actor, Audie-nominated narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and mutt. On camera, Neil has appeared in film and on television, as seen on Blindspot, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, and others. His voice work can be heard in numerous commercials, video games (including Red Dead Redemption 2), and numerous audiobooks, including Dawn of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan, A Tangled Road to Justice by Olan Thorensen, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, and 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda for Audible Studios. On stage, he has performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Theatre Company, and others, both nationally and internationally. He also directs experimental Shakespeare-based devisings for the Hear Now Festival.

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Astonishing

Funny, cynical, magical. An absolute treasure to listen to. I’m about to listen again. And try to find my MFer.

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A Big Story in a Small Package

This was the first story I've heard from Les Bohem, but his talent for storytelling was obvious right away.
His characters, dialogue, and world building were all spectacular. And while I cannot think of pretty words to sell this story right now - in times like these I think of the book title 'Me talk Pretty Someday' - just give it a try. As my basic training company commander said many decades ago used to say, "It's Huah, you'll like it." Okay, it's nothing like Army training, but still, listen.

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LOVED IT!

Fun, biting, smart and hilarious. Such a great listen. Les Bohem is one of my favorite authors!

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Unexpected

A quick, but detailed, look into the workings of a liar's mind and the abrupt payment for his sons.

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A Great Follow Up To “Junk”

Fun, biting, satiric, Bohem hits all the right notes in this story of a dystopian near future. He found his inner motherf******. Listen to it and you’ll know what I mean. An entertaining follow up to his novel “Junk”, but stands in its own as well.

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Kinda twisted, but great fun

Snarky dystopian story, told well. The characters were as believable as the plotline of the story

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Unsatisfying art

I loved the summary of the book and the world that was created, but the story itself felt unfinished. I know this is a short story, but plot elements are introduced without ever being addressed leaving hanging threads that leave me feeling like much of the story is missing. It is as if either the author ran out of space in the constraints of the short story and didn’t care enough to make the story more self contained or he wanted to create a story that left the audience as disconcerted as the world in which the book take place.
If the purpose of art is to bring forth emotions, this is art. It is just unsatisfying for me to read.

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Yet another strong Audible original.

Audible Originals continue to impress, and this is a prime example. Short, sharp, and interesting. That said, the plot somewhat meanders, which a short story can ill afford. It was a solid distraction for a long day walking. Recommended.

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Jive explanation

Could anyone out there more analytical or literary than I explain this whole thing to me? What is it Actually about? Is there a message? If so, what is it??

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An unfinished character piece

Seeing this trend on these originals of unfinished narratives. Stories that get going and then -poof! Not the worst thing ever but don’t come into this one looking for any sort of resolution. Good writing more/less, enjoyable for what it is. Give it a listen if you’re looking for something to pass an hour or two.