Monday, August 12, 2013


HarperCollins To Publish
CHARLES BUKOWSKI’s Works In Audio For The First Time
and I'm a little excited about that. HAM ON RYE is my personal on for all the info
“Charles Bukowski is the Walt Whitman of Los Angeles.”
—    Joyce Carol Oates

“Bukowski is the laureate of the Los Angeles underground – an eccentric who sees the world with a clarity of vision possessed only by artists and madmen.”
—    Los Angeles Times

“There is real poignancy in the people encountered in Bukowski’s work.”
—    New York Times Book Review

In commemoration of what would have been his 93rd birthday, HarperCollins will publish eight of Charles Bukowski’s works in audiobook format for the first time. These eight unabridged works  ¾  Post Office (1971), South of No North (1973), Factotum(1975), Women (1978), Ham on Rye (1982), Hot Water Music (1983), Hollywood (1989), and Pulp (1994) ¾  are all narrated by actor Christian Baskous and will be released on August 13th in the Digital Audio format.
Ecco President and Publisher Daniel Halpern says, “It would be Bukowski himself reading here, if the technology had advanced quickly enough.  But his voice rings clear and deep in these renditions – and from them, the genius of Bukowski flows forth.”
Often crude, brutal, and savagely funny, Bukowski was a cult hero and prolific writer, completing more than forty books of poetry, prose, and fiction. He is known for his gritty, dark honesty and the grimly hysterical worlds which he created. The Washington Postcalled him “the poet laureate of sour alleys and dark bars, of racetracks and long shots.” Because his work is often heavily autobiographical, Bukowski’s experiences as an underground writer are evident in novels such as Post Office (1971) and Ham on Rye(1982), as well as the stories of Hot Water Music (1983). Bukowski continued his examination of “broken people” in such novels as Post Office (1971) and Ham on Rye (1982), giving both a heavily autobiographical tilt.
To his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was – and remains – the quintessential counterculture icon. A hard-drinking wild man of literature and a stubborn outsider to the poetry world, he wrote unflinchingly about booze, work, and women, in raw, street-tough poems whose truth has struck a chord with generations of readers. “He brought everybody down to earth,” says Leonard Cohen, “even the angels.”

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, to an American soldier father and a German mother in 1920, and brought to the United States at the age of three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994).

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HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: August 13, 2013

Price: $18.99 / 9780062302939 / 5hrs 8mins

Price: $21.99 / 9780062302908 / 7hrs 38mins

Price: $18.99 / 9780062302960 / 6hrs 24mins

Price: $18.99 / 9780062302977 / 5hrs 52mins

Price: $15.99 / 9780062302922 / 4hrs 32mins

Price: $13.99 / 9780062302946 / 3hrs 38mins

Price: $18.99 / 9780062302984 / 6hrs 1min

Price: $24.00 / 9780062302915 / 10hrs 26mins

Listen to an excerpt from each audiobook at SoundCloud

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