We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks | [Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs]

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

More than 60 years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence.
Regular Price:$12.57
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

More than 60 years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence.

The manuscript, named after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was rejected by publishers and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Now, for the first time, this legendary collaboration between two of the 20th century's most influential writers is being released. Both a fascinating piece of American literary history and an engrossing, atmospheric novel, it brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation.

Walk the Beat with Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

©2008 the Estate of Jack Kerouac and the William S. Burroughs Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (77 )
5 star
 (34)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.1 (43 )
5 star
 (19)
4 star
 (13)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.1 (40 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (13)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jeff Chicago, IL, USA 08-20-09
    Jeff Chicago, IL, USA 08-20-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    82
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Pre-Beat Lit, instant classic!"

    I was skeptic... lost book? Burroughs and Kerouac? Does the phrase "too good to be true" come to mind. Yet, to my delight, this could turn out to be one of my favorite pieces of midcentury counter-culture lit. Jack and William take turns with chapters, allowing a really neat multi-perspective view of the controversial plot. Ray does a great job reading, as usual. The epilogue is a great treat, the true story behind the novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Allison LINCOLN, NE, United States 02-05-12
    Allison LINCOLN, NE, United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2011

    I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "underrated!"
    If you could sum up And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks in three words, what would they be?

    historical, shocking, honest


    What did you like best about this story?

    The movement between chapters made it impossible to stop listening.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like I was listening to the authors telling their story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Dare I say this may be my favorite Kerouac?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ashley New Baltimore, MI, United States 12-13-11
    Ashley New Baltimore, MI, United States 12-13-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I tried."

    I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this. It's awful. I can't even finish it and I ALWAYS finish any book I've started. It just makes no sense; it's very difficult to follow along.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-3 of 3 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.