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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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    Thomas Borski 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow rolling but none the less a wonderful story."

    A great vegabond experience. Makes you want to hit the open road and have and adventure for yourself.

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    J. Monty Colorado, USA 04-28-16
    J. Monty Colorado, USA 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Dig this book!"

    An incredible story, artfully read. I could not stop until the trip was over. My favorite on Audible! Enjoy!

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    michael herlong 04-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "dig this classic"

    amazing story, amazing narration. finished in a week and booked travel to 6 cities I've never been to. read this book!

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    adam 03-12-16
    adam 03-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "New Favorite"

    New favoritesl book. Had to read for a class and couldn't stop til it was over.

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    D. Donohue 01-17-16
    D. Donohue 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Will Patton is awesome however. .."

    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.

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    Michael Tasch 09-23-15
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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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Croquet Records 07-22-15 Member Since 2016

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    "My favorite Audible performance hands down!"

    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.

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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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