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4.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 5 4.38 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denis Johnson Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781427205728
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Jesus’ Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and trancendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson’s prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Cavosie | 2/18/2014

    " Um, has somebody been watching me? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 2/16/2014

    " A great read from which a great film was made. Simple stark prose that packs mystical punches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. | 2/10/2014

    " This book has an even more tragic baby rabbit story than "Of Mice and Men". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camilla | 2/8/2014

    " you know, i feel like i should be giving this more stars just based on the fact that everyone seems to like it so much that i feel i must've missed something. but that fact remained that it left me feeling almost wholly unaffected. i didn't feel anything for the characters, though i recognized their plight... and while some sentences were clearly beautiful, i still felt bored. i think maybe i should reread it some other time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thad | 1/31/2014

    " We'll camp in the wilderness, and in the morning we'll breakfast on its haunches! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Neuendorf | 1/25/2014

    " Good, good, very good. Bravo. Consumable, delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Lovelace | 1/18/2014

    " One of the best books about drugs. Humanizes what and why of drugs. A great collection. If you are going to write short stories, you must have this in your quiver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dmscheier | 1/16/2014

    " Best damn collection of words ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bartelsa | 1/10/2014

    " What can be said about this book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 12/22/2013

    " Recently read the short story, "Emergency" in a writing group. Fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rin Ban | 12/12/2013

    " a beautifully maligned world where the celebration of life comes through in the tragic light of mistakes and regrets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 11/21/2013

    " One word. Funny. Well, sometimes, haha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 11/20/2013

    " beautiful losers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alvin | 9/26/2013

    " The perfect gift for your friend entering rehab. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Dills | 9/20/2013

    " The pinnacle, from Johnson, anyhow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sterling S. | 7/4/2013

    " Untouchable. The only book of fiction every fiction writer seems to agree on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/9/2013

    " 4.5 Stars for me. I loved this book. Something about the straight-forward quirkiness and the grit of each individual story collecting up to a coppy narritive flow really hit with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 3/11/2013

    " All my friends cream over this book. I merely liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 2/13/2013

    " This guy got his MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop but I'm not going to hold it against him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Poland | 11/30/2012

    " I could talk about how Denis Johnson's voice is like William Blake wrapped in an army surplus coat, taking pulls from a fifth of Old Crow as he drives through an Iowa sunset, but that would be overplaying it. This is simply a hell of a book, generous, painful, and astonishingly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 11/7/2012

    " This read more like poems in short story form. And what wonderful prose it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Fenner | 5/16/2012

    " Great author, great stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 5/8/2012

    " Good writing. I wish it was longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy | 4/27/2012

    " An unbelievable collection. I couldn't put it down. I kept going over to make sure the sentence I'd just finished was as remarkable as I'd imagined. A perfect mix of hard-edged reality and the subconscious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dr | 3/30/2012

    " this is one of my favorite short story collections of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaz | 12/5/2011

    " If you feel like taking a walk into a Lou Reed alleyway and seeing the dark side of life you'll enjoy the stroll. There are plenty of great reviews out there -- if you're interested get reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conan | 6/22/2011

    " A wonderful book and an utterly believable change-of-self story. FH is one of my favorite characters in prose. Also, it has nothing to do with Jesus, so beware my squeamish friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/9/2011

    " As it turns out, drug-addled binges, paranoia, and hallucinations provide great material for a poet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 5/20/2011

    " A- Really good stories - reminds me of maybe John Fante. Lots of characters with little future, drugs, alcohol…hard to find them redeeming or even to want to root for the narrators, but the writing is quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/10/2011

    " Favorites: 'Emergency', 'Steady Hand at Seattle General' and 'Work'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soraya | 5/3/2011

    " His style reminded me of Ernest Hemingway, the use of dialogs and the lack of explicit emotions. He definitely let his soul fly when writing the stories. The characters have no inhibitions and deal most of the time with strangers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitch | 4/21/2011

    " Hard to say anything about this. Hadn't read it over the years although I was very aware of it's impact on other writers. Changed completely my view of the short story as a form. Won't be able to write without it's influence after having experienced it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonni | 4/12/2011

    " Highly unusual collection. Stories that are unexpected. Loved them. But they're not your typical fare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mei | 3/30/2011

    " A perfect novel. I read this and wanted to write like this: spare, lyrical, gritty, beautiful. But I'm not Denis Johnson. It's one of those books I read every couple of years. The movie is good, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milli | 3/30/2011

    " Ugh, what a gross little book. But I loved it. "Emergency" freaked me the hell out. It's like a more tame Naked Lunch and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But still bizarre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/22/2011

    " Good, good, very good. Bravo. Consumable, delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 3/21/2011

    " I've read this several times now, but this is the first time in quite a while. A fantastic book. I'm not sure why I have never read anything else by Denis Johnson, definitely on my to do list..... "

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About the Author
Author Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson, poet, playwright and author, was born in Munich, West Germany in 1949 and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington. He is the author of a number of novels, several collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. He holds a masters’ degree from the University of Iowa and has received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, the National Book Award for Fiction. His novel Tree of Smoke won the 2007 National Book Award and 2008 Audie Award for Literary Fiction. He lives in northern Idaho.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.