I have wanted to read OTR for over 20 years and glad I finally had an opportunity. It was a bucket list to do. Thoroughly enjoyed Kerouac, but how can you compare great books against one another - I can't.
The energy and the seemingly carefree attitude of the beat generation.
Loved the way he intoned the voice of Neal Cassidy - I loved when 'Neal' spoke
There were ha ah moments when they spoke of the cruelty and uncertainty of the future and how police would overstep their authority - made me realize things haven't changed all that much
A wonderful reading of one the finest works of American literature - Beat or otherwise - in its original, expanded form. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has read and/or listened to the audiobook of the original published version, as well as to anyone who has not experienced 'On the Road' yet. Highly recommended.
fact based fiction. wild stream of consciousness
old school vocab
sleeping along roadside in mexico
laughed multiple times
great throw back for any baby boomer
My first experience with Kerouac and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I'm glad I waited all my life because the scroll version is the only one I wanted to know. The narrator delivered the story in the perfect grit and tone that made me feel like he was the author himself, telling me his story. Superb performance.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
Before I read On The Road, The Scrolls, I read that Jack Kerouack died at the age of 49. By the time I finished it, I understood what cut his life so short. Still, this listen made me wish that every stranger vaccinated with a phonograph needle, who sat beside me on the plane or those who tried to entertain me until the doctor or dentist would rescue me could word smith their conversations as well as Jack.
Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure
If you've gotten to adulthood or beyond you owe it to yourself to re-examine where it is we've come from. In high school I quoted Ferlinghetti but forgot to log in on Kerouac's shores. Coming back to it from my perspective of years it knits the progression of ideas that create todays reality more firmly in my mind. If sub-culture had a history lesson this would be it. Anonymous and Occupy and Facebook and Google should read and realise how etherial they are in the big picture of evolution of thought.
t p prince esquire international-- Switzerland / USA --Author publisher of adult and children's literature.
The original Scroll of On The Road was amazingly inspiring for its warmth, honesty and integretty. I remember reading about Jack Kerouac in my journalism school days at Mizzou but I never really connected with Neal Cassidy till I listened to John Ventimiglia's interpretation of the original penning. What a wonderful, tragic and inspiring charachter he was. I spend my time hitching on the road in the seventies and this reading brought back the freedom and honesty that America once was. Who would have the balls to do those trips today? Who could so openly love and project themselves as Neal did back in the 50s? Easy Rider without a chopper!
Great look at America in 1947, wonderful imagery. The characters were contrasting and the book was a real nice listen during a long road trip.
All were good
Road trip before interstates
I'm retired and living on the eastern edge of the Big Island of Hawaii. Each day I try and brethe in a little deeper.
Anybody who came of age in the mid 20th Century (1945-1970) has read this book at least once back then... when they were young... and it resinated. Not so much because of the stuff Jack and his friends did and talked about... but just because they could... and did and wrote about it. What a relief to read a book about a guy hitchhiking... and staying up all night and talking on wine and speed and pot and working at any old job because nobody much cared about the future or their career or the clothes they wore. This was a revelation... because I felt this way too... mostly.
Not now... because Kerouac kept writing 'On the Road' over and over. All his subsequent books were more versions of this book... and no way as good.
I liked the narrator very much... and this is a great book to hear... listen too... better I believe than reading it... it's such a verbal tour.
I don't like to listen to any book in one sitting... 'On the Road' included... but it would be a trip.
'On the Road' is a book for the young. Listening to it now... in my sixties... I find faults without knowing why... but I love it still... mostly because it took me back... for another ride.