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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I recommend this audiobook to everyone because it is a seriously fascinating and inspiring road trip that not many people will ever get the time to experience. Definitely exciting and intriguing.
With hesitancy. It felt to me that parts of the the story went on and on. Not so sure my time was well spent.
No particular moment stands out, but I did love Kerouac's style of writing, his ability to paint a picture, a feeling, a character, with just a few words and to just carry you along.
Have not listened to Will Patton before, but based on this performance, I would be interested in more of his work. He was just perfect, I loved his voice for the role.
No, not a suspenseful type of book.
I'm not sure why I skirted this icon for so long. Probably some university trauma. But I thought the 50th anniversary made it the right time to try this one on.
And I'm glad I did.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and especially the engaging narration, though I find the protagonist, Dean, and his amoral hyperactivity eventually fatiguing -- as did Sal, the first-person character.
For me, Will Patton's performance was the saving grace for this audiobook, this was not what I expected. I'd never read On The Road, but had preconceptions that the book would be filled with Beat-philosophy (whatever that would be), and romanticism of the open road. Maybe that's what I got, but I just didn't like what it all turned out to be?
Now, who am I to say what's good and what's bad from a literary point of view? This was my first exposure to Kerouac, and I found his writing style to be an energetic randomness of pointless wandering. For me, there were moments of greatness, but they were few and far between, and the entire story felt like the original "[story] about nothing".
I'm glad I "read" it, and Patton's performance was probably the BEST of any audiobook, but I feel like it's something I've checked off a list. Done and done.
Great book. The main character sal goes on the road to experience some life. He meets up with friends and does most parts alongside them. There is a movie version which I cannot vouch for because I fell a asleep during it. There may well be nothing wrong with the movie, I fall asleep in a lot of good movies.
I was mildly frustrated with it the whole time I was reading (listening/reading) because it was rare that it felt like it ever made sense. I realized a little of the way through that's kind of kerouac's point--life doesn't always make sense. Life "On the Road" is a magnifying glass for the rest of our lives.
In this life on the road, there are so many random experiences, some significant, some less so. I almost feel like I am sal's therapist. he tells me the stories and I am supposed to help him make sense of them.
Kerouac wrote the first draft of this novel in 3 weeks. It's based on his own actual experiences, I'm not sure why he didn't call it a memoir or something more non-fiction-esque. When he originally wrote it he didn't use paragraph breaks and wrote it semi-stream of consciousness. I think this is valuable because it lends to the understanding of the book. Which ends up a bit "ramble-y". That first draft is available as well. Though the common book did go through an editing process.
I recommend this book to those who would like to spend some time travelling, looking for some meaning. There is a lot of meaning to be found. This book shares some of that. It also very honest in sharing some of the hopelessness.
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