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  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition | Jack Kerouac

    On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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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".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
  • The Dharma Bums | Jack Kerouac

    The Dharma Bums

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    Two ebullient young men are engaged in a passionate search for dharma, or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen way, which takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's bohemia, with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, experiments in "yabyum", and other non-ascetic pastimes.

    E. W. Sawyer says: "I can check the box on this American writer"
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll | Jack Kerouac

    On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
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    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    csk says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
  • On the Road | Jack Kerouac

    On the Road

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By David Carradine
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    On the Road is the classic story of two such characters: Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, who set off on an odyssey through mid-century underground America, fueled by jazz, sex, drugs, mystical philosophy, and a limitless passion for experience.

    Helen Milenski says: "David Carradine's voice is Sal Paradise."
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll | Jack Kerouac

    On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
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    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West 20th Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him.

    yoguinha says: "A Classic Brought to Life"
  • Big Sur | Jack Kerouac

    Big Sur

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    "Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg

    Doing-fine-in-FLA says: "Arguably one of Kerouacs best novels"
  • The Dharma Bums | Jack Kerouac

    The Dharma Bums

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Allen Ginsberg
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    Two friends in 1950s San Francisco Bohemia explore Buddhism Zen - hipster style. On the road to finding Dharma, or truth, the story's narrator, Raymond Smith comes to a spiritual roadblock. Smith, based on Kerouac himself, discovers a role model in his friend Japhy Ryder, modeled after the real poet-Buddhist Gary Snyder. This autobiographical novel is one of Kerouac's most popular, and has served as an inspiration to the beat culture, hippies, and dharma seekers since the 1950s.

    S. Craig says: "jack at his best"
  • Wake Up | Jack Kerouac

    Wake Up

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
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    Originally written in 1955 and now published for the first time in audiobook form, Wake Up is Kerouac's retelling of the life of Prince Siddartha Gotama, who as a young man abandoned his wealthy family and comfortable home for a lifelong searchfor Enlightenment. Distilled from a wide variety of canonical scriptures, Wake Up serves as both a penetrating account of the Buddha's life and a concise primer on the principal teachings of Buddhism.

  • The Haunted Life: And Other Writings | Jack Kerouac

    The Haunted Life: And Other Writings

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Liev Schreiber, Luke Daniels
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    Jack Kerouac wrote The Haunted Life in 1944 when he was 22 years old and attending Columbia University. Originally intended as a three-part novel, only this first 20,000-word section was ever finished. Upon its completion, Kerouac promptly lost his only hand-written final draft in a New York taxi cab, remaining unknown to the public until its appearance at Christies about ten years ago. Kerouac’s family has now decided to share this manuscript with the world.

  • On the Road | Jack Kerouac

    On the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Matt Dillon
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    Sal Paradise, a young innocent, joins his hero Dean Moriarty, a traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat, on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American dream.

    Mr. Sam McCallum says: "Good reading of an awful story"
  • And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks | Jack Kerouac,William S. Burroughs

    And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    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.

    Jeff says: "Pre-Beat Lit, instant classic!"
  • Visions of Cody | Jack Kerouac

    Visions of Cody

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Graham Parker
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    Hear Jack Kerouac's most radical experiment in language and storytelling - an "enormous paean" to that singular and influential figure Neal Cassady. A fusion of radical improvisation, bold reportage, and oracular voice, it is Kerouac's ultimate version of his ultimate masterpiece, On the Road.

    A. Yerkes says: "Annoying"
  • Tristessa | Jack Kerouac

    Tristessa

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
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    In 1955, novelist Jack Kerouac detoured from his cross-country American travels to Mexico City, where a group of junkie expatriates he had known from the New York City post-war scene had gone for the cheap and plentiful supply of heroin and morphine. Fellow beat writer William S. Burroughs, who had been a part of the Mexican expatriate community, had introduced Kerouac to Bill Garver (named Old Bull Gaines in the novel), a much-older, long-term addict who had in turn introduced Kerouac to Esperanza Villanueva, whom Kerouac named Tristessa in the novel.

  • The Sea Is My Brother | Jack Kerouac

    The Sea Is My Brother

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    Written seven years before The Town and the City officially launched his writing career, The Sea Is My Brother marks the pivotal point at which Kerouac began laying the foundations for his pioneering method and signature style. The novel chronicles the misadventures of two seamen who at first seem different but are really two sides of the same coin: 27-year-old Wesley Martin, who “loved the sea with a strange, lonely love,” and William Everhart, an assistant professor of English at Columbia College.

    Ingrid says: "A fantastic romp of a tale! A great narrator too!"
  • Maggie Cassidy (Original Manuscript) | Jack Kerouac

    Maggie Cassidy (Original Manuscript)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
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    Maggie Cassidy is one of Kerouac's most nostalgic recollections of his past, focusing on his first true love when he was a high school senior and a local star athlete. Filled with the sweet innocence of youth and the daily heartbreak of quarrels and unfulfilled sexual yearnings, Kerouac employs his stylishly Beat observations toward the bygone era of pre-World War II Lowell, Massachusetts, when he was torn between the companionship of his gang of buddies and the sirens' call of the opposite sex.

  • Und die Nilpferde kochten in ihren Becken | William S. Burroughs,Jack Kerouac

    Und die Nilpferde kochten in ihren Becken

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Florian von Manteuffel, Felix Goeser
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    Basierend auf einer wahren Geschichte schrieben die Gründer der Beat-Literatur William S. Burroughs und Jack Kerouac 1944 diesen Roman, der in knapper, atemloser Sprache erzählt, wie Pop in den 40ern aussah. Der legendäre Text der Beat-Generation, virtuos gelesen von Florian von Manteuffel und Felix Goeser - nun endlich als Hörbuch...

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