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I live now on the eastern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii... and work in Pahoa Town... where I try to anticipate the weather...

PAHOA, HAWAII, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 33 purchased in 2015

  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "Required Reading"
    What did you love best about On the Road?

    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.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Kerouac? Why or why not?

    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.

    What about John Ventimiglia’s performance did you like?

    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.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't like to listen to any book in one sitting... 'On the Road' included... but it would be a trip.

    Any additional comments?

    '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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Cheeky Monkey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... I laughed out loud listening to this book.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed to be just a funny cop story... and then it wasn't... it was a quest to solve a mystery of the super-natural.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a visit to the River Thames gods & goddesses in their liars... which was interesting.

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


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator of this book is a rookie cop in London... and his story is told in the first person. The guy is really quite witty & full of himself... and plays a lot of his descriptions off as absurd... which can be very funny.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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