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.
The positive and uplifting perspective of the narrator.
I don't think there is any book in the world I'd listen to in one sitting over 150 pages.
More of a plot. The book is about hippies that drive around the US and bum money off of people. The characters goals are to go to parties, do drugs, and have sex. They have no interests or hobbies. I thought this book was about adventures and discoveries. Nothing about experiencing the different parts of the US. Nothing about the food, culture, personalities, or ways of life in different cities. The guys just hook up with women, have children, and abandon them. Then they hook up with their friends girlfriends and are so stifled when it hits the fan. I can't relate to the characters for a second.
The main character keeps mentioning throughout the book that he doesn't have a drivers license. He can't do this or that because he doesn't have a license. Well get a license, man!
Sort of drawly and monotone, every character sounded the same
With its many existential observations and rhythmic descriptions, it holds as a relevant work for the seeker or those bemused by life in general. Though it's dated, it held my attention and sucked me in util the last page. Also, the performance by Will Patton was spot on.
Will Patton doing Kerouac is perfect!!
The other Kerouac books though wonderful lack the guttural feel that Patton's performance brings. Awesome!!
My favorite audiobook so far!
Sal's ride on the flat bed truck.
Patton's performance as fast talking Dean Moriarty brings more life to the story.
When Sal said all he has to offer anybody is his own confusion.
Will Patton brought my favorite book to life. His narration was inspirational. He brought the same excitement I had during my first read of On The Road.
I was expecting this to be enlightening or Inspiron for something. Instead it was boring and lacked any real plot. I started just skipping over parts and I couldn't even tell if fast forwarded because it was so drawn out.
Bibliophile, prolific writer, teacher, aspiring author. I love Middle Earth, Medieval Europe and anything that comes from 221B Baker Street
This richly nuanced tale, set against the backdrop of the America that emerged after WWII, has it all...characters that beg to be loved, hated, pitied and dismissed...the transitory nature of love...emerging and mutating social conventions and sexual identities...and the vulgar majesty of a free nation desperately trying to rediscover and reinvent itself.
Kerouac's opus is a rich and intoxicating trip that hinges on two architechtonic ideas-the power of friendship and the ever-elusive myth of America.
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