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.
A great vegabond experience. Makes you want to hit the open road and have and adventure for yourself.
Wow, I am actually at a loss for words. I hated this book. What the heck was the point? I feel like maybe I needed to be stoned to get it? If it weren't for the amazing narration I would have stopped 1/4 of the way through. Now I regret not doing that.
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
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.
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