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On the Road Audiobook

On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

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".
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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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    Michael Tasch 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life-Changing Book"
    What did you love best about On the Road?

    The positive and uplifting perspective of the narrator.


    What other book might you compare On the Road to and why?

    not sure


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

    I don't think there is any book in the world I'd listen to in one sitting over 150 pages.


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    Kindle Customer Brookline, MA 07-29-15
    Kindle Customer Brookline, MA 07-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "So bad I can't finish it"
    What would have made On the Road better?

    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!


    What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

    Sort of drawly and monotone, every character sounded the same


    What character would you cut from On the Road?

    Dean


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    Croquet Records 07-22-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Best narrator ever"

    Will Patton really brings the story to life. This is my favorite narration of any book on Audible.

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    Mitchell A Wilde 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Engrossing, Still Relevant"

    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.

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    Yoshi 06-03-15
    Yoshi 06-03-15
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    "Beautiful literature"

    So incredibly poetic in how he describes everything. It's like getting a delicious blackberry every 10 seconds.

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    Vincent Bogan Brooklyn 06-03-15
    Vincent Bogan Brooklyn 06-03-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Will Patton doing Kerouac is perfect!!"

    Will Patton doing Kerouac is perfect!!

    The other Kerouac books though wonderful lack the guttural feel that Patton's performance brings. Awesome!!

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    Tory 05-29-15
    Tory 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing narration of my favorite book!"
    Where does On the Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite audiobook so far!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Road?

    Sal's ride on the flat bed truck.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Patton's performance as fast talking Dean Moriarty brings more life to the story.


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

    When Sal said all he has to offer anybody is his own confusion.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    jim d 05-29-15
    jim d 05-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "On the Road...."

    A must read (or listen!) for anyone. Youth, the road, excitement. My all time favorite.

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    Felicia United States 03-30-15
    Felicia United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    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.

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    JeffK144 Myrtle Beach, SC 03-28-15
    JeffK144 Myrtle Beach, SC 03-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Bibliophile, prolific writer, teacher, aspiring author. I love Middle Earth, Medieval Europe and anything that comes from 221B Baker Street

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    "There are no words..."

    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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