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Publisher's Summary

"He loads his head full of coal and diamonds shoot out of his finger tips. What a trick. The mole genius has left us with another digest. It's a full house - read 'em and weep." - Tom Waits

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.

OBIE winner Will Patton (Remember the Titans, The Good Wife, Armageddon) recreates Bukowski in his visceral prime, along with every eye-popping character in his life, each adversary, lover, and stranger in a lost city.

Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for 50 years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was 24, and began writing poetry at the age of 35. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

©1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1983 Charles Bukowski (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Collections such as The Most Beautiful Woman in Town (1983)...showcase Bukowski's impressive narrative and creative abilities in stories that most often take place in bars and dingy apartments but are not simply about sex and alcohol. They're about staying alive in a world where the only choice for the majority of us is to face a firing squad in an office every day - the post office, in Bukowski's case - or maintain a commitment to creativity as we struggle to pay for food and a meager place to live." ( Santa Fe Reporter)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2020

love it

Charles Bukowski and Will Patton are an unbeatable match, the perfect cocktail, I certainly hope there will be more.

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  • Noni Truesdale
  • 27-05-2021

Highly disappointed

Very racist, sexist, and offensive. Would not recommend others to listen nor read this at all.

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  • Bornin62
  • 24-05-2021

Vulgar - yes.

Finding this is why I keep my audible subscription. Will Patton could not possibly do any better. Simply perfect . He embodies Bukowski and his characters. He’s so damn nimble.

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  • Eve
  • 02-11-2019

loved it!

Will Patton is fantastico! Charles Bukowski is an absolute favorite. Rude, Crude, & socially acceptable.

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  • Jason F. Cutler
  • 07-06-2021

Brilliant writing, gritty tales

I was surprised and impressed with 1st story and Bukowski's skill in narration and capturing his character. Every story essentially is about a troubled human whose life consists of sex, drunkenness, violence, worthlessness, and rarely, a terrible job.
But his writing is great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-2021

So much fun. So entertaining.

This book was a delight to read and listen to. Will Patton does a magnificent job with this narration. Absolutely flawless. Bukowski does a great job at being deep, poetic, hilarious, lewd, rude, and outrageous. The part about the man shrinking smaller and smaller by his woman was true art. The book got even more wild by the end and started to veer all over the place. This book is one I can definitely listen to again and again. Recommended.

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  • Jacob A. Nordby
  • 03-07-2021

Raw Bukowski

Okay, first of all, Will Patton is an extraordinary performer. I felt that he became Bukowski telling these stories. Raw, lecherous, vivid.

Bukowski is Bukowski and this collection of stories puts him on full display, i.e., not for the faint of heart. If you’re interested in taking a dive into the filthier end of the Beat era degeneracy, go for it.

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  • West Coast Reader
  • 30-06-2021

Terrific narrator

Will Patton sounds exactly the way I imagine Charles Bukowski to sound. Excellent reading, no overacting; he makes this a great event.

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  • Norman DeVoe
  • 16-06-2021

funny

loved it. I'm a new fan. made me laugh. will Patton was perfect for the characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2021

Not really a story.

Just random unconnected vignettes. The writing is fine but not good enough to make up for that. Maybe I'm just not in that mood.

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