• Meditations in Green

  • By: Stephen Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-06-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.1 (15 ratings)

Regular price: $18.80

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $18.80

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Sardonic, searing, seductive, and surreal, the award-winning Meditations in Green is regarded by many as the best novel of the Vietnam War. It is a kaleidoscopic collage that whirls about an indelible array of images and characters: perverted Winkly, who opted for the army to stay off of welfare; eccentric Payne, who’s obsessed with the film he’s making of the war; and bucolic Claypool, who’s irrevocably doomed to a fate worse than death, just to name a few.
Floating at the center of this psychedelic spin is Specialist 4 James Griffin. In country, Griffin studies the jungle of carpet-bomb photos as he fights desperately to keep his grip on reality. Battling addiction stateside after his tour, he studies the green of household plants as he struggles mightily to regain his sanity. With mesmerizing action and Joycean interior monologues, Stephen Wright has created a book that is as much an homage to the darkness of war as it is a testament to the transcendence of art.
Stephen Wright is a New York–based novelist known for his use of surrealistic imagery and dark comedy. He has taught writing courses at various universities, including Princeton, Brown, and the New School.
©1983 Stephen Wright (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

“Precisely that brutal hallucination we desperately wanted to end. This is a writer of wonderfully strong and deep-reaching talents.” (Don DeLillo, National Book Award–winning author)
“Brilliant, scarifying…extravagant, rhapsodic and horrific…It has an overwhelming impact.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Takes one’s breath away.” (The Wall Street Journal)
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By Cheryl on 06-27-13

This book requires a lot of Meditation!

"Meditations in Green", written by Stephen Wright, is a very dark story that seems to have no coherence. I found it difficult to understand at times because of the way that it was written. There was a lot of drug induced hallucinations in the story, and the story itself was very disorienting. It was a mixture of what was happening while he, the soldier James Griffin, was in Vietnam and what his life was like currently after Vietnam.

It was absurd, but sometimes good. I will have to re-listen to it some time to see if I can understand it better! A very contemporary novel.

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful


By Theodore on 06-29-17

powerful vietnam novel

should have read this powerful, upsetting, excellent book decades ago. glad it became an audiobook. thanks

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc