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  • Ham on Rye: A Novel | Charles Bukowski

    Ham on Rye: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    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.

    Parola138 says: "Thoroughly enjoyed this"
  • Post Office: A Novel | Charles Bukowski

    Post Office: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    "It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than 12 years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers.

    Graeme says: "For fans only - his poetry is a lot better."
  • Women: A Novel | Charles Bukowski

    Women: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    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.

    Parola138 says: "Don't start your Bukowski journey here"
  • Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor | Garrison Keillor (editor),Emily Dickinson,Walt Whitman,Robert Frost,Charles Bukowski,Billy Collins,Robert Bly,Sharon Olds

    Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor (editor), Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and others
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
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    Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon OldsGood Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.

    KSmith says: "Very good, but. . ."
  • Factotum | Charles Bukowski

    Factotum

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    One of Charles Bukowski's best, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next.

    Kyle Milligan says: "Third Bukowski book"
  • Hollywood | Charles Bukowski

    Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski, returns, revelling in his eternal penchant for booze, women, and horse-racing as he makes the precarious journey from poet to screenwriter. Based on Bukowski's experiences when working on the film Barfly, the absurdity and egotism of the film industry are laid bare in this deadpan, touching, and funny glimpse into the endless negotiations and back-stabbings of la-la land. Hollywood is an irreverent jaunt that serves up the beating heart of Hollywood with razor-sharp humour.

    Ross Snyder says: "Buk Lives!"
  • Tales of Ordinary Madness | Charles Bukowski,Gail Chiarrello - editor

    Tales of Ordinary Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    This collection of Buk's grimmest diaries gives an insight into the noir and brutal Los Angeles that Bukowski observed and lived so well. He was a legend in his time: a madman, a recluse, a lover...tender, vicious...never the same. These are exceptional stories that came pounding out of his violent and depraved life - horrible and holy. You cannot listen to them and come away the same again.

  • Pulp | Charles Bukowski

    Pulp

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    Opening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer's seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski's own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles.

    Jesse says: "Bukowskis worst.......still pretty good"
  • The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories | Charles Bukowski,Gail Chiarrello - editor

    The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    Bukowski's mad immortal origins, surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of audiences who've recognized Bukowski as one of America's greatest realist writers and poets. Audible Studios narrator and OBIE winner Will Patton (Remember the Titans, The Good Wife, Armageddon) gives a tour de force performance of Bukowski's greatest work in his prime.

  • Notes of a Dirty Old Man | Charles Bukowski

    Notes of a Dirty Old Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
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    Born from Bukowski's columns, the LA underground press of the 1960s, Bukowski defined his early alter ego, Hank Chinaski, as a self-described dirty old man who eyes his defeatist attitude about himself with his clarity to see humor and holiness in others. Addictive and instructive listening, Bukowski delivers the humanity and intelligence of all the unseen. Filled with his usual obsessions - sex, booze, gambling - Notes features Bukowski's offbeat insights into politics and literature, and his tortured, violent relationships.

    Roman says: "Not much quality content"
  • Hot Water Music | Charles Bukowski

    Hot Water Music

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    Hot Water Music is a collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski, published in 1983. The collection deals largely with: drinking, women, gambling, and writing. It is an important collection that establishes Bukowski's minimalist style and his thematic oeuvre.

    Parola138 says: "Awesome collection of short stories"
  • The Great Zen Wedding | Charles Bukowski

    The Great Zen Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    Bukowski goes off the rails as the best man at a wealthy Hollywood "zen wedding" with his singular viewpoint and sharp insights. He's the only one to bring a gift, and the only one to demand the Zen Master's ears in return. "The rich understand; they just don't do anything about it."

    Roman says: "A glimpse into the life of a mad drunkard"
  • On Cats | Charles Bukowski

    On Cats

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
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    On Cats offers Bukowski's musings on these beloved animals and their toughness and resiliency. He honors them as fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly on to the world around them: "A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won't let go."

  • More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Columns | Charles Bukowski,David Stephen Calonne - editor

    More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Columns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne - editor
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    Filled with his usual obsessions - sex, booze, gambling - More features Bukowski's offbeat insights into politics and literature, his tortured, violent relationships with women, and his lurid escapades on the poetry reading circuit. Highlighting his versatility, the book ranges from thinly-veiled autobiography to purely fictional tales of dysfunctional suburbanites, disgraced politicians, and down-and-out sports promoters - climaxing with a long, hilarious adventure among French filmmakers.

  • South of No North | Charles Bukowski

    South of No North

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
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    South of No North is a collection of short stories written by Charles Bukowski that explore loneliness and struggles on the fringes of society.

    Siddhant Kumar says: "Baskous brings it to life"
  • Life and Death in the Charity Ward | Charles Bukowski

    Life and Death in the Charity Ward

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    A short story from The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories. "In 1955, at the age of 35, Bukowski was rushed to the charity ward of the Los Angeles County hospital, hemorrhaging at the bright red climax to a 10-year drinking bout." (Pop Matters) Upon his survival and recovery, Bukowski began a writing career that would change American poetry and prose as we know it. This is the story of the moment when his life hung by a thread, but spun something else quite unexpected.

    Roman says: "The fucked-up-ness of low class existence"
  • The Most Beautiful Woman in Town | Charles Bukowski

    The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    "The dull ones would never understand Cass. To the men she was simply a sex machine and they didn't care whether she was crazy or not." Bukowski's alter ego finds himself in a slow dance with the most beautiful girl in town, who also happens to be its saddest; a tale of loss and what might have been.

    Roman says: "Allright story "
  • Essential Bukowski: Poetry | Charles Bukowski,Abel Debritto - editor

    Essential Bukowski: Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski, Abel Debritto - editor
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
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    The definitive collection from a writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark. Here is Bukowski eating walnuts and scratching his back, rolling a cigarette while listening to Brahms, showering with Linda in the midafternoon. Here is Bukowski knowing that the secret is beyond him, that people who never go crazy live truly horrible lives, that there's a bluebird in his heart that wants to get out.

  • Kid Stardust on the Porterhouse | Charles Bukowski

    Kid Stardust on the Porterhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    "...I managed to open the door and get up inside the cab. It had a soft leather seat and the seat felt so good that I knew if I didn't fight it I would soon be asleep." A brutal personal treatise on the need for work, even the most menial - and the need for dignity.

    Roman says: "The story is mentioned in one of his novels "
  • Der Mann mit der Ledertasche | Charles Bukowski

    Der Mann mit der Ledertasche

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Matthias Brandt
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    Trotz zahlreicher Auseinandersetzungen mit seinem Chef frönt der Briefträger Henry Chinaski alias Charles Bukowski seinem exzessiven Leben...

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