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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Denis Johnson's novel Tree of Smoke, the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. Tree of Smoke is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA--engaged in Pschological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away.
"This is the very talented Will Paton’s greatest performance as a reader so far. His range of voices and evocation of character—the hopeful, the innocent, the cynical, the despairing and the mad—bring the tale to even more terrible and blistered life than the book itself, making it a 23-hour excursion into mesmerizing darkness.”--The Washington Post
“Patton is outstanding...[his] performance is quiet, powerful, and gut-wrenching....This is MUST listening."--AudioFile Magazine
“Denis Johnson’s novel, Tree of Smoke, is masterful and irredeemably dark…Will Patton’s seamless narration transforms this novel into a superb audio.”--BookPage
“Will Patton’s reading of “Tree of Smoke” is superb...The experience overall is one of hallucinatory horror, laugh-out-loud outrage, of sadness at the tremendous waste of lives, money and the national pride that went into Vietnam and did not return.”--Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Easily the best audiobook I listened to in 2007, "Tree of Smoke" has been called a Vietnam War book, but its reach is much deeper...Johnson has written a powerful document, and Patton matches the depth and breadth of the novel with a performance that captures the nuance of the language..."--Times Union
“American actor Will Patton provides an excellent fully-voiced reading…it fits the story like a glove. He will keep listeners involved.” – SoundLibrary.com
Denis Johnson is the author of five novels, a collection of poetry, and one book of reportage. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a Whiting Writer’s Award, among many other honors for his work. He lives in Northern Idaho.
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National Book Awards - Winner, Pulitzer Prize - Finalist