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On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition | [Jack Kerouac]

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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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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    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 09-17-09
    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 09-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"

    I estimate I've listened to over a hundred audio books so far. When I try to convince people that they should check out audio books, I always pick this "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac narrated by Will Patton as the first thing they should hear.

    There are many books that I am so glad to have heard (the Hyperion series, the Enders Game series, even Atlas Shrugged and of course Armor).

    But I don't think I could hear in my head any book as well from paper as Will Patton reads this one out loud. He's poetical, exhuberant, exciting, and makes this whismical and joyous appreciation of life become contagious.

    On the road reminds me that there's so much to appreciate in every little thing, and Will Patton is that extra boost to make this great book the best.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    "Remarkable Characterization"

    This text has obviously stood the test of time, ushering in the groovy mindset of the 60's. Mr. Kerouac certainly sets the tone for a decade. A fine book.

    However, my main praise is reserved for the narrator, Will Patton. He gives a voice, and a whole 3 dimensional characterization of the unstoppable, wild, yet lovable Dean Moriarity. An unforgettable job. Worth a listen just to admire Will do his job with this "rat".

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    theboot 02-25-12
    theboot 02-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to On the Road the most enjoyable?

    This book is of course a classic. I read it once a long time ago and then recently went through the audiobook version. In parts where I struggled to stay completely engaged years back, the narrator keep you fully in the story here. He is simply amazing. His ability to change tones and tempos with the character bring a whole new life to them: It feels like he fully captures the mania and passion of good ol' Dean Moriarty. Quite possibly one of the best narrators I've ever heard.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel Askim, Norway 06-15-10
    Gabriel Askim, Norway 06-15-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A bible!"

    I have some friends who have decleared this book their bible, and I can see why. It really changes your view of the world.
    Will Patton as a narrator is perfect for this novel. He reads it incredibly fast though, so strap up. But that is how this novel needs to be read, because the story takes place is such a pace.
    A must-read and a definite five star book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Orland park, IL, United States 01-13-12
    Thomas Orland park, IL, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Heard about this book"

    Since the book is 50+ years old, you hear different references about the book through your life...So I decided to read it.....It was great...Performance was awesome...I'm not sure how Sal stayed with his crazy buddy, but it made for some entertaining stories...I would put this on your "Read someday list"....

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    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 04-17-12
    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A True Classic"

    Very thought-provoking. I found myself thinking about this book often while NOT listening to it and also mentioning it to friends. (always a sign of a good book!)

    A wonderful picture of the age . . .

    The narrator . . . simply incredible. A friend mentioned that they "couldn't get through it" and I think had they listened rather than read it, it would have made a difference. a really worthwhile use of a credit!

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    Reney Dunedin, FL, United States 07-28-12
    Reney Dunedin, FL, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!

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    "I Love this Audio Book!"
    What did you love best about On the Road?

    A chance to enjoy this book in a new and different way! After 40 years of reading and re-reading ole' Jack - I have fallen in love all over again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dean-O, Baby! Honest, gritty, true, sensitive, life-affirming, self-depreciating, funny and real - I want to party "On the Road" with this guy!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He had a nice, soft voice that matches the tone of the book perfectly.


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

    This book and others like it have moved me clear across the country and beyond - but, it's not enough! I could jump in the car any time and take a road-trip - a truly, All-American experience!


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you are discovering Jack for the first time or are a returning fan - what are waiting for!?!?!?! Gas up your ride and GO!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    follygolly Austin, tx United States 11-29-09
    follygolly Austin, tx United States 11-29-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Work of Art"

    Narrator Will Patton transformed this classic into a masterpiece, with his powerful and nuanced narration. What an artist!

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    Carolyn Springfield, NJ, USA 05-29-10
    Carolyn Springfield, NJ, USA 05-29-10
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    "Loved Will Patton's narration"

    This audio book was very successful in capturing the crazy life of Jack Kerouac. I loved Patton's cool way of capturing that time in his life.

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    Nick Wilton, CT, United States 11-11-08
    Nick Wilton, CT, United States 11-11-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent narration - agree w/ Audi"

    Will Patton's narration perfectly captures the spirit of this emerging beat generation and this wildly exploratory group. His portrayal of Dean's frenetic nature gives the story its life and ties together the sequence of adventures with its unique 'rationality'. It is definitely not over done. In fact, without the link to the core inspiration and impulses that drove these characters the story would come off as flat and as just a jumble of wanderings.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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