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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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    Kris 10-05-16
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    "The Dimond shining over the beatnik era."

    The is no book like that one. Perfect guide to the road everyone takes in one form or another. sporo antidote to the manicured fake life we are living today... chance to meet our "very own" Dean M. in the depths of our reflections...

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    Amazon Customer 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Such a trip..."

    Talk about a break from life. Getting into this audio version of On the Road has been a real soul soother. Will Patton does an excellent job of bringing the life out of this road trip novel. Not an easy task considering the range of character temperament and demeanors. I highly recommend listening through it.

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    Vincent Delisi 09-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring!"

    Expected so much more. I guess I was in the mood for Hunter S Thompson.

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    Søren 09-07-16
    Søren 09-07-16
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    "Great book and good read, but better on paper"

    I read on the road on paper a few years back, and I enjoyed listening to the story again. And the reading is very good. But I think the spontaneity of the writing style is experienced much more extreme when reading the paper yourself.

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    HH 08-31-16
    HH 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Crazy Book, Crazy Characters"

    This book has the craziest characters in it. You will laugh out loud at their insane behavior. This isn't a negative though, it's very entertaining.

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    Jennifer S. Leblanc Houston, TX 08-08-16
    Jennifer S. Leblanc Houston, TX 08-08-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Hot mess with abrupt end"

    I couldn't tell if this was a coming of age story of a story about mental illness. The narrator made the best of it but it was unsatisfying as a story.

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    Jim D 08-06-16
    Jim D 08-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Over rated"

    You only need read 60-70 pages. After that the names and places change but not much else.

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    Nurture Learners and Able Observers 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dated."
    Would you try another book from Jack Kerouac and/or Will Patton?

    No.


    Has On the Road turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He did his best considering the material. He was put in a rough position and did the best anyone could have done.


    What character would you cut from On the Road?

    None of them were extraordinary. No one memorable. It's a memoir of a guy hitchhiking who can only see the worst in women , and worships a man named Dean.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess in it's time is was interesting to young people. That was half a century ago.

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    Kevin Crumpton 06-20-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing and repetitive"

    The writing was not what I expected. More of a chronicle of events than anything interesting or profound. Most of my book club did not choose to finish it.

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    Alanbsacks 06-12-16
    Alanbsacks 06-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "5 stars all over."

    Listened as my wife and I are driving cross country. Real gone trip. I love Kerouac and this reading brought it too life

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