I was excited to listen to this selection based on the reviews but I guess I just didn't get it. Will Patton did an excellent job narrating the book which was the only thing that got me through the whole thing. Other reviewers cited this book as their bible but I found it to be rather meandering and pointless in the end. Perhaps after further reflection it will dawn on me what they meant by this, but for now, just having finished it... i don't get it. Maybe my expectations were set too high from reading the other reviews.
Not sure. I guess I'm a little interested in seeing how it gets interpreted. I'll wait for the DVD for sure
The two things that might have made this read more enjoyable would have been to have read it 40 years ago, or to have been a male, coming of age, with a sense of adventure but zero life experience.
Something light, with a sense of humor.
The performance was just fine, but the story is no longer relevant.
As a San Francisco resident I found the historical descriptions of the area fascinating.
As many of the writings of this time, On the Road is trivializes females on a level that is insulting today.
the gritty reality and how sal paradise captures the world in his words
i loved how kerouac notices the the sunsets and land scapes and the deeper meanings in his world
patton reads the book like kerouac would of read it ,
if you have ever wanted to know true love of the road and adventure . read this book
It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!
Listening to Will Patton read this book is truely an experience worth having.
Relief- Dean Moriarity made me tired just thinking about his personality.
I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book if I was reading it myself, but it really came alive with Patton's great work!
No idea -- not even close to a worthwhile investment of time.
I have heard about this book for years and as a lark figured what the heck - all that vibe -- it must have been pretty good. No way. Just a continuous feed of meaningless dribble which was supposed to have been a mind opening exploration of self and country. It was more like a stream of unconsciousness.
Great reader, stellar use of the English language. Helps me understand what was wrong with the Hippie movement. The idealism was drowned by a confusion of freedom with self-centered self-indulgence
Yes - I don't like those people very much
He did a great job with the reading, but I can't say that any reader can put words in my head better than reading something for myself.
When one of Sal and Neal's friends girlfriend had the money to finance their trip, and she wouldn't go unless the friend married her, so he did. Then at the first opportunity they dump her with some relatives and continue merrily along with none of them expressing an iota or remorse or concern for her feeling or her welfare. I was "moved". I wondered how many people admired those "mad ones" whose madness is based solely on self-gratification without giving a damn about anyone else, least of all the women (and incidental children) in their lives.
If it weren't for Kerouac's command of the language it would be an unbearable bromance of a couple of creeps. How much of the Hippie exodus to San Francisco was inspired by this book? I have always identified as a leftist, but reading this book helped me understand what conservatives disliked about Beats and Hippies. I was too young in the 60's to fully understand what was going on.
lost in words
Kerouac was my hero when I was in College. Reading this book again leaves me dispondent. The best part for me is still the freedom of traveling across the nation, that dirty down and out feeling. The world and this nation have changed so much from those days of the 50's and 60's.
The narrator did a good job pacing his performance with the arc of the novel. What can anyone say about this book? The characters were my parents' age and the book gives an insight into that generation. But it also gives a picture of the necessary disillusionment that comes with maturity for any generation.
I was excited to read this book but found it rambled on & on & never really had a storyline I could follow. I felt like it was a waste of my time.