Thanks to Audible, we listened to the book as the cracked asphalt road unwound and lead us on our own road trip. Past old farm houses in sad decay, and overly happy McDonald's franchises filled with football watching farmers in camouflage hats buying mediocre mass produced burgers for shallow adolescents innocently unaware of the profound lack of profoundness that characterized their lives. Blissfully ignorant of anything beyond American Idol, and incognizant of the world of ideas, past and present, outside of the gleaming plastic temple of Ronald McDonald.
Long, Mindless stretches of Interstate punctuated by side trips to little towns that used to be, but no longer were, and through a layer of dust and decay still evoked the spirit of Kerouac's bus stops. The train stations were closed, silent cold and dead except for a few near bedroom communities which housed Yuppie restaurants serving the more prosperous descendents of Kerouac's generation.
Less intense than the experiences of Kerouac, but Lexus comfortable with an American Express card that would obviate the need to choose between a fifth of Jack or a bologna sandwich in a broken down diner near the railroad tracks. The hitch hikers had vanished much as the Elk vanished from Elk Ridge a century ago, but both their ghosts lingered along the side of the roads.
Although unpolished (in this edition), Jack’s prose glistened with imagination and poetic promise. A story less about characters that we care about and more about a generation seeking to learn about alternatives to the culture that they were born into and/or trapped into. A story about writers becoming writers while traveling in search of traveling and searching.
A joy to listen to. An adventure to read. One of the best readers that we have listened to. If you dig it, buy it.
My wife and I are very well read in psychology and weren't expecting much of interest. However, on a long car trip, we were totally fascinated - the miles actually passed too fast. Wonderful book.
This book is the Democrat's answer to right-wing talk radio.
Right Wing folks: You will HATE this book. Do not read it if you believe Rush and/or do not have extra blood pressure (and other) drugs handy. On the other hand, your left-wing friends (like me) may quote from the book, so you might want to know what we're thinking. (This is why I occasionally listen to Rush.)
Center Folks: You will find this book interesting, as it is one of the few answers to assertions made on right-wing talk radio. If you can get past the author's "attitude" problem, you will enjoy the humor.
Left Wing Folks: Friends, this book will not just be a joy for you to read, but is essential reading for you. Interesting stories, interesting facts. Kind of fun to watch a "hero" try to set things straight. Suggest that you try to be less combative, though.
Everyone: Folks, no matter which political party we belong to or what we sincerely believe, let's all do our best to tell the truth least WE be the next target of this very sharp, poison pen. :-)
I listened to the book over a period of a couple of weeks while flying between BWI and Florida. First time in my life that I was fervently hoping for a delay to the flight so that I could listen some more. The suspense is outstanding. The love scenes are OK, but about as good as Tom Clancy (if you know what I mean).
The plot develops nicely and has quite a few twists and turns. I could not predict what the ending would be, although I was teased by the foreshadowing.
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