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On the Road Audiobook

On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naïveté and wild abandon, and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.

©1955, 1957 John Sampas, Literary Representative, the Estate of Stella Sampas Kerouac; John Lash, Executor of the Estate of Jan Kerouac; Nancy Bump; and Anthony M. Sampas; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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    Carolyn Springfield, NJ, USA 05-29-10
    Carolyn Springfield, NJ, USA 05-29-10
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    "Loved Will Patton's narration"

    This audio book was very successful in capturing the crazy life of Jack Kerouac. I loved Patton's cool way of capturing that time in his life.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I Love this Audio Book!"
    What did you love best about On the Road?

    A chance to enjoy this book in a new and different way! After 40 years of reading and re-reading ole' Jack - I have fallen in love all over again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dean-O, Baby! Honest, gritty, true, sensitive, life-affirming, self-depreciating, funny and real - I want to party "On the Road" with this guy!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He had a nice, soft voice that matches the tone of the book perfectly.


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

    This book and others like it have moved me clear across the country and beyond - but, it's not enough! I could jump in the car any time and take a road-trip - a truly, All-American experience!


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you are discovering Jack for the first time or are a returning fan - what are waiting for!?!?!?! Gas up your ride and GO!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha MOUNT SAVAGE, MARYLAND, United States 02-25-12
    Marsha MOUNT SAVAGE, MARYLAND, United States 02-25-12
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    "Will Patton Rocks"

    No one can read audiobooks as well as Will Patton. At this point, I'd listen to him read ANYTHING (yes, even the phone book.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. J. 10-13-11
    Dr. J. 10-13-11

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    "What a wild ride!"

    I first experienced the wonder of On the Road in 1969 and deemed it "far out" (along with just about everything else!). Listening to it these many moons and schools and experiences later I found it just as mind blowing as that first read. My great joy this time was listening to Will Patton's magical interpretation. His melodious, southern-tinged voice is perfect for the ra-ta-tat-tat rhythm of Kerouac's words, pulling me into Sal's world in a way my old 17 year-old brain couldn't possibly have understood. Thanks, Will. Beautifully done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Plano, TX, United States 08-18-11
    Elizabeth Plano, TX, United States 08-18-11
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    "A Classic"

    A classic story beautifully read by narrator Will Patton. Patton brings to life the vocal intonations that were common in the days that Kerouac lived this crazy vagabond lifestyle - bringing us to feel like we were there in those cars and buses with him and those he traveled with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. Kennedy 11-11-08
    N. Kennedy 11-11-08
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    "Excellent narration - agree w/ Audi"

    Will Patton's narration perfectly captures the spirit of this emerging beat generation and this wildly exploratory group. His portrayal of Dean's frenetic nature gives the story its life and ties together the sequence of adventures with its unique 'rationality'. It is definitely not over done. In fact, without the link to the core inspiration and impulses that drove these characters the story would come off as flat and as just a jumble of wanderings.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Erez Israel 12-06-07
    Erez Israel 12-06-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Should have bought a different version"

    I like Kerouac. I like On the Road. I love audiobooks. And I was very disappointed with this one. The narration, for me, is way too "acted", especially the main character/narrator, who is performed throughout the book in a sort of amazed half-whisper. When Kerouac writes for example "Dean lived in a shack with his wife", it sounds like "Dean lived in a _shack_ with _his_wife_!". Now read an entire book like this and you'll see what I mean. It is bearable, but just barely. To make sure I wasn't missing anything, I watched an old video of Kerouac himself reading from the book and he didn't sound like that.

    Obviously, this is a matter of personal taste. But I wish I had bought the other version available here.

    21 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Tampa, Florida, United States 11-06-15
    Matt Tampa, Florida, United States 11-06-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Will Patton is Awesome"
    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Patton's Dean Moriarty is electric, his Bud Lee eerie and ominous. I can't imagine any other voice telling this story. He is the beat narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Chinn Davis, Ca 10-15-15
    Randy Chinn Davis, Ca 10-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "I didn't get it"
    What did you like best about On the Road? What did you like least?

    Irritating characters and a story that went everywhere and nowhere fast. But I enjoyed the joyfulness of the writing. The narration was outstanding; I would have given up reading the book long before finishing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TWG Columbus, Ohio United States 04-30-15
    TWG Columbus, Ohio United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to relate"

    I know this book is a classic. I just had a hard time relating to characters who made repeated decisions to not take responsibility for their actions. The story and writing were excellent. The characters were well developed but never really changed. The second half of the book flowed better once I accepted the characters for what they were.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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