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Enjoyed immensely. Inspired to read more, after blindly taking on the general picture of Bukowski as an untalented drunk misogynist.
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There is no doubt Howard Sounes is a gifted
writer and researcher . I very much enjoyed reading this book years ago and looked forward to hearing it . Unfortunately Howard’s narration is truly awful . Writing and narrating are different skills and what Howard has as a writer he lacks woefully as a performer . His voice isn’t engaging . He is unable to sustain accents . When doing an accent of Bukowski ‘s mother he strays into embarrassing racial stereo typing . Howard’s Bukowski impression is irritating . It truly grates on the ear. This wonderful book in the hands of a skilled narrator could have been brilliant . Unfortunately as an audio book it’s one to avoid . It’s sad as Bukowski’s words are magical but they need to be voiced in the right manner and this isn’t it .
As a big fan of Bukowski's writing I found this to quite interesting to hear the real names of a lot of the characters from his books and poems and how some of the stories were altered for more poetic effect. I really enjoyed it a lot and want to search out more work by Howard Sounes.