Recording (P)1991 by Audio Literature; ©1958 by Jack Kerouac
Brilliant story, brilliant narration
Ginsberg is the perfect narrator for this piece. There are probably narrators more qualified with better voices and better meter, but Ginsburg lived with Kerouac, danced and sang and sprouted mad poetry with him, he is Alvah Goldbook is the book.
Reading any biography, or just listening to an author in conversation quickly reveals the complexities of recalled and reshaped experience. Hearing Allen Ginsberg read Jack Kerouac will take you back in an instant and real way to those times, and the relationship between the two men. Your own version of The Dharma Bums will likely be different, just as Jack's own version will be different from your own. But it is also likely that your sense of your own version, and your imagined sense of what Jack's version was will be enhanced by hearing Allen's.
I didnt know this was abridged when i purchased. Nothing in the item description says so. However Ginsberg is probably the best reader for this captivating and poetic story.
This is just not the true Kerouac experience. You need the whole thing. It is a waste of money.
The book in itself is definitely a 5-star book, and the narrator is perfect for it (he even sounds a bit tipsy, which suits this book perfectly), but the quality of the sound is pretty bad, at least it was so for me, which is why I give it 4 stars.
All in all, a good book for those who search for the meaning of life and an even greater book for those who have already found out that life's all about having fun.
(It is pretty hard to pay attention to the beginning of the book, where he presents the characters, but it is sort of essential so you really have to concentrate for the first 15 min.)
A time machine. Maybe this work was cutting edge back in the day but now it just sounds like some hipster doofus babbling on about drinking hooch on the street and chasing tail with his "art" friends. Please, man, I live it, I don't need to hear about it from the sorry likes of you. LAME!
Stop it with the crystal meth already Jacky! Where's the arc? How 'bout a little element of story thrown in to your jibber-jabbering? Oh that's a stylistic thing? Why the F didn't you say so?
I like his nasally old man voice. I'm not sure if I downloaded in the wrong quality or what but it sounded like he was at the bottom of a tennis balls tube with the lid still on it.
Boredom. After 1.5 hours I was just saying to myself repeatedly "I think I can, I think I can...finish this stupid book"
lost in words
I was so enchanted by Kerouac, but at my much older age found this story so out of date. I guess i missed the point.
Allen Ginsburg seemed so smug in his reading, I thought he was drunk or stoned. His voice was slurred. I think Mr. Ginsburg could do a lot better than what he did for this book.
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