John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs


Read by Peter Kelleher

(4.4 stars; 38 reviews)

Jack London died at the age of forty. In this autobiographical work, London describes his life as seen through the eyes of John Barleycorn (alcohol). There is much controversy about the cause of his death just as there is about alcoholism and addiction. London's brutally frank and honest analysis of his own struggles and bouts with alcohol was way before its time and more modern theories of addiction. With remarkable candor and insight, London describes the demons and gods he encountered through both friend and enemy, John Barleycorn. (Summary by Peter Kelleher) (9 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1-3 28:26 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 4 28:20 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 5-6 44:15 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 7-8 25:21 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 9-10 36:04 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 11-12 42:41 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 13-14 34:43 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 15-16 31:26 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 17-18 40:53 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 19-20 31:28 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 21-22 29:54 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 23-25 31:18 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 26-28 29:54 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 29-30 26:46 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 31-32 35:38 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 33-35 24:36 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 36 22:45 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 37 19:20 Read by Peter Kelleher
Chapter 38-39 19:57 Read by Peter Kelleher

Reviews

AN ALCOHOLIC 'S ALCOHOLIC

(4.5 stars)

A whimsical rendering of alcoholism, complete with perpetual denial. The first 34 chapters were quite enjoyable, albeit pathetically in denial. The next two chapters were extremely drsturbing, almost like hearing the DT's come to life. The ending was predictable, a bland denial with avowed continuance. An excellent reading.

His Best (?) Friend John

(5 stars)

Gone are the oyster locations he sailed his boat to but Heinhold's (now called First and Last Chance) is very much still there---and probably has 2-3 regulars drinking whiskey at the tiny bar right now as I write this. Listening to this has been simply wonderful!

(4 stars)

Very good account by Jack London of his life long experience with alcohol. The reader was okay but should have researched the proper pronunciation of the many place names mentioned.

Jack London arguing for the Prohibition

(4 stars)

I thought the narrator fit the story quite well. A deep insight into the culture of creating alcoholics within a male dominated society.

A + Jack London

(4 stars)

Very interesting listen. The narrator fit the story. It is not a roisterous adventure novel but a reflective autobiography. Well matched.

John Barleycorn - Jack London

(3 stars)

An interesting theme to use when writing an autobiography. This classic text is read slowly and delibertly.

drunkard tale

(5 stars)

good good read hilarious book great education a lot of fun this one

wow

(5 stars)

a real look inside the mind of a long term heavy drinker