Women: A Novel

Written by:
Charles Bukowski
Narrated by:
Christian Baskous

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2013
10 hours 27 minutes
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 fifty, he is reveling in his sudden rock-star life, running three hundred hangovers a year, and maintaining a sex life that would cripple Casanova.

With all of Bukowski's trademark humor and gritty, dark honesty, this 1978 follow-up to Post Office and Factotum is an uncompromising account of life on the edge.
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Jenny M.

Henry's quest to find love with all the debauchery in-between. I've heard Buk speak, and the narrator does a good job imitating cadence and inflection. As a woman, I was intrigued enough to listen after hearing all the controversy. This is more intense and depressing journey than the average man probably makes to find a mate. Given the character and the author's background, it isn't shocking. It's sad and real, just like life.

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Brooklyne C.

Narrator was okay, I felt like he did a pretty good job of sounding like the author would have. I gave it 4 stars because I am just trying to figure out the point of the book. It seems like the author is just recalling his sexual rendezvous in a very vulgar way, without a point to any of it really. I was influenced to read it by a girl saying this helped her see how men view women, but I didn’t feel that way. Seemed like it was just a story about an alcoholic, dirty old man’s experiences, with saying “cunt” a lot. Overall, it’s fine if you just want to listen to vulgar stories, but no real depth to the book.

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Alan P.

Enjoyed more than first read in1978. There’s a little Henry in us all. I hope so.

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Guy V

Terrible. Literally painful to hear.

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