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.
I listen to dozens and dozens of audiobooks and Will Patton's performance here is the best I've heard. Kerouac's writing style feels like it is meant to be read conversationally and Patton nails it. I also have the original scroll version audiobook and the performance pales in comparison. Only get it if you need it for scholarly pursuits.
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.
Will Patton by far was the best thing about this audio book. It was a wonderful performance. On the Road was best summarized by Capote, "That's not writing, that's typing."
The beginning of the book was interesting while the story line was new. However, stories were repeated many times by the end of the book. If you were looking at merely quotes from this book you would think there would be more substance to it, alas there is not. I felt more and more sorry for Sal and Dean as their story went along. They weren't as cool as they thought and their attempts at adventure became tragic. This was evident to everyone but them. Perhaps that is the point of the book and I have completely missed it.
Excellent as always!
For the mere fact it is considered one of the most important books in american literature in the 20th century, yes. For entertainment, no.
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