Tree of Smoke

  • by Denis Johnson
  • Narrated by Will Patton
  • 23 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2007
This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA, engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong, and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.


What the Critics Say

"Prose of amazing power and stylishness." (Philip Roth)
"The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnson's." (Jonathan Franzen)
"Once Johnson gets his hooks into you, it takes about two sentences, it's...pretty much impossible to stop reading." ( The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

great Vietnam novel

I had to jump in having seen the other reviews here. The novel is not disjointed, it is deliberately non-linear and I had no trouble following it. Also I find the narrator, Will Patton to be one of my favourite narrators having discovered this book through his work on various James Lee Burke novels and find his work uniformly excellent
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- 72trails of smoke


I agree with Tony - this book is dreadful; how on earth it got the reviews it did god knows. I stuck through it right to the bitter end and wasted several hours of my life. The story is totally disjointed - very poor indeed. The reader seems to think he's Marlon Brando and reads in a mafia style whisper which adds atmosphere - when nothing much is happening. Even if the story had been shortened to about one third it would still be a waste of time. The last time I listen to an audible book when I go by the reviews.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio