I am a mother of many children and do not always have the luxury of reading. Recently discovered Audible. I always press on the listening sample to check out the voice before making a purchase. This Will Patton made me feel as though I was hanging out with Dean Cassidy and Jack Kerouac. His ability to imitate their voices and the voices of the Mexicans and the Mexican women...Phenomenal. Highly recommend this version of this Audible book.
A classic book, and one of the best I've listened to so far.
This story is full of life and love and mistakes and raw unfiltered expression.
Dean Moriarty, hands down. The way Will Patton brings this character off the page and into life is absolute brilliance!
No way! And I mean that in a good way! This book is not only a fairly long one, but it is so crammed full of action and movement and experiences and sometimes even stream of thought like dialogue from the characters that it is best experienced in managed doses. I don't think I would've been able to really absorb and follow it if I tried to listen to it all at once, and the overload of experiences and excitement would likely be disorienting.
I've never read another book like this powerhouse from Kerouac. The story is filled with bouts of frenzy and excitement along with reflection and observation which the writing style captures perfectly. I really enjoyed the journey of a story, but what really stood out to me with this book is the incomparable performance of Will Patton, as I mentioned in the title of my review. The story was good, but Patton brought the story and the numerous characters to life in a way that is beyond impressive! This is hands down the best audio performance I've ever heard, and I simply cannot overstate this. If there were an Academy Award for audio performance, Will would nab it easy with this one because his thoughtful and beautiful renditions of a whole array of diverse characters is every bit as brilliant as the onscreen work of favorites like Denzel Washington or Tom Hanks.
Purchased the book thinking that as it has such a cult following it would be an awesome experience. OH man - drivel, ad nausea. I forced myself to finish the production just to see if there was anything that would surprise me. Jacks writing style represents the time and era, but was not something to devote time and effort to.
Resist publishing it?
Will Patton has the ability to seamless transition voices, vibes, and energy like a mad chemist, with each particular brand of concoction, a new color, and a new scent in the periodic table of the nation during the late 1940s. I was enthralled by this novel for a good portion, and even though at times I longed for the story to stop swerving and twisting like a kid with a bad stomach in back of his family's wagon on a summer road trip, I had absolutely no possible lack of respect or awe for Patton's voices and emerging life-forces. The measuring stick has been set to an almost unattainable altitude in my head, but I welcome the next book, and it's newest host to try.
I vaguely remember reading this book in school, but it made no impact. I decided to listen to this reading mainly because I love Will Patton. I am so glad I did. This is a work of genuis, the quintessential American novel. Searching always searching for what lies ahead. Patton's performance is brilliant. He breaths life into the prose. One of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.
The is no book like that one. Perfect guide to the road everyone takes in one form or another. sporo antidote to the manicured fake life we are living today... chance to meet our "very own" Dean M. in the depths of our reflections...
Talk about a break from life. Getting into this audio version of On the Road has been a real soul soother. Will Patton does an excellent job of bringing the life out of this road trip novel. Not an easy task considering the range of character temperament and demeanors. I highly recommend listening through it.