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Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of 10 stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss.
©1992 Denis Johnson (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • dngold77
  • 02-09-2018

Some books are better read.

The elliptical poetic nature of this short novel make following it in audio format nearly impossible. A great read (and a great movie) but not a great listen.

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  • Matt
  • 11-06-2018

Beautifully written but

It’s dark and disconcerting. It reads very much as a stream of consciousness instead of a coherent narrative. That being said it is extremely well written. Denis Johnson had a beautiful way with words and Will Patton is good. He often sounds like he’s losing his voice, but that part of his charm, I guess. There are very few redeemable elements about the characters in this book.

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  • JasonB Texas
  • 01-10-2018

Bizarre different but good

Amazing imagery outstanding writing strange stories that somehow end up feeling whole at the end

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  • Jennifer AE Cummings
  • 08-06-2017

Exquisite in content and composition

I have not been more moved by piece of literature in the last 30 years as I am with Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son. I am compelled to find everything he has ever written and devour it, most likely more than one read.

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  • Jacob Garcia
  • 22-06-2019

Poetic

The life of the scum of the earth (for lack of a better term). The forgotten, unseen people of the world. Dirty. Exposed poetically. This book is not for everyone. It definitely has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus if you were hoping for that. In the beginning I considered the descriptive writing overdone but by the middle I appreciated the writing style.

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  • Courtney Wilber
  • 29-09-2019

Beautiful

I love this book, and the performance of it was beautiful. I’m definitely sold on audiobooks after this listen.

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  • Dylan Perry
  • 06-08-2018

Wonderful Collection

Jesus' Son is, bar none, one of the best short story collections I have read in years. And comparable to the writing, Will Patton's narration brings even more life to the stories. Recommended.

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  • Danielle
  • 26-04-2021

I had to read this for a class

I am typically not the demographic for this, but a college class I was taking made me read this. I think if you like stories about people wallowing in self-pity while under the constant influence of drugs or alcohol, then this is for you. I see, hear, and read enough of this in my own real life to want to actively seek out this kind of story on my own. The plot itself also wanders like it's under the influence of something, so it can be a little hard to follow. Overall the narrator was wonderful for this story. I think they did an excellent job at making the stories flow better. I am just not the typical demographic for this and that is why I gave it this rating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-2021

Hallelujah

Jesus’ Son is a great collection of writing. There’s an overlap of themes and content, but each story and character has some differences that make the short book feel denser and not just some breezy listen. Enjoy

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  • Eric Kambach
  • 20-05-2019

Where's Jesus?

Not sure what to make of this collection. Like Pineapple Express that's actually relevant and decent.

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