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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 795
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 738
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739

    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
    • Great Performance: Bukowski keeps it real.

    • By kurdis teed on 02-01-18

    Regular price: $27.37

    • Women

    • A Novel
    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 374
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 371

    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

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Post Office

    • A Novel
    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 586
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 531
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 531

    "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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not his best, but still Bukowski

    • By kurdis teed on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Factotum

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Third Bukowski book

    • By Kyle Milligan on 05-23-16

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Good Poems

    • Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor
    • By: Garrison Keillor (editor), Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and others
    • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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 Olds Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good, but. . .

    • By KSmith on 01-27-11

    Regular price: $18.86

    • The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories

    • By: Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tales of Ordinary Madness

    • By: Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Patton nails this.

    • By Martin W on 01-09-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Notes of a Dirty Old Man

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A different voice for different material

    • By john in RI on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hollywood

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Buk Lives!

    • By Ross Snyder on 08-18-13

    Regular price: $21.67

    • More Notes of a Dirty Old Man

    • The Uncollected Columns
    • By: Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne - editor
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • South of No North

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    South of No North is a collection of short stories written by Charles Bukowski that explore loneliness and struggles on the fringes of society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Baskous brings it to life

    • By Siddhant Kumar on 03-04-15

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    "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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Allright story

    • By Roman on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $2.99

    • On Cats

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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."

    Regular price: $13.68

    • Pulp

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bukowskis worst.......still pretty good

    • By Jesse on 10-29-13

    Regular price: $15.96

    • Hot Water Music

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome collection of short stories

    • By Parola138 on 12-26-13

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Life and Death in the Charity Ward

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The fucked-up-ness of low class existence

    • By Roman on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Essential Bukowski: Poetry

    • By: Charles Bukowski, Abel Debritto - editor
    • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $10.90

    • Kid Stardust on the Porterhouse

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    "...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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The story is mentioned in one of his novels

    • By Roman on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $2.99

    • A .45 to Pay the Rent

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Buk's vignette, based on conversations between a drug dealer and his young daughter, follows unquestionable childhood logic about family, love, and making ends meet on the other side of the law.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Underwhelming

    • By Roman on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Great Zen Wedding

    • By: Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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."

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A glimpse into the life of a mad drunkard

    • By Roman on 11-10-17

    Regular price: $2.99

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