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HankieG

Pleasant Hill, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Dharma Bums

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's bohemia, with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in "yabyum", and other non-ascetic pastimes.

    HankieG says: "No Slouch This Dharma Bum"
    "No Slouch This Dharma Bum"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A reminder of the excellent detail interwoven with contemplation by the Great Rememberer. Great to hear this having first read the follow up much earlier, Desolation Angels.


    What other book might you compare The Dharma Bums to and why?

    Desolation Angels apparently is sequentially after Dharma Bums, and the Zen themes run through out both.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Big Sur

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    "Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg

    SHAWN says: "A great listen"
    "Battle of Big Self and Little Self"
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    What made the experience of listening to Big Sur the most enjoyable?

    As with Dharma Bums, Tom Parker's reading performance of Kerouac's later work in Big Sur enlivens and adds great nuance and animation to the material. I've found this one to be a surprising unknown gem, with Kerouac revisiting old pals, wrestling with celebrity and alcohol and his own monkey mind. It's wonderfully human and frustrating to read of Jack gradually abandoning the hard to attain dharma principles, and drinking himself to death.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Sur?

    There's the uncomfortable hot tub gathering in Big Sur, and his stay with Willamine "Billie" at her apartment in SF.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I dig the ups and downs of the whole darn thing, man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "Musician and his Demons"
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    If you could sum up Miles in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Intense, Uncompromising


    What other book might you compare Miles to and why?

    Huckleberry Finn came to mind while listening to the story of Miles Davis. "Miles: The Autobiography" is far more relevant and real than the romantic Americana tale by Mark Twain. Tales of coming of age with racism and racial profiling, spoken in the language of a black man, is far more powerful and striking than the white country boy anecdotes of fictional Huck Finn. Huck Finn is a gentle summer rain and Miles is a thundering downpour.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Miles first arrives in NYC after leaving East St. Louis at age 18 is pretty amazing stuff.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Miles' struggle and descent into the depths of heroin addiction and his eventual recovery is quite a frightening ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Tales of playing music with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk and Billy Eckstine filled in a number of gaps in my knowledge of Miles and these musicians as well. Some funny road stories too. This is one of my favorite audiobooks so far!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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