Jack Kerouac
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Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
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    • On the Road

    • 50th Anniversary Edition
    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,470
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,077

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book

    • By Guillermo on 09-17-09

    Regular price: $31.50

    • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: John Ventimiglia
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 221

    The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, published word for word as Kerouac originally composed it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic Brought to Life

    • By yoguinha on 11-25-16

    Regular price: $26.59

    • The Dharma Bums

    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: Allen Ginsberg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    Two friends in 1950s San Francisco Bohemia explore Buddhism Zen - hipster style. On the road to finding...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Don't buy abridged versions of novels.

    • By Ronald C. Wagner on 12-28-09

    Regular price: $10.95

    • Big Sur

    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 561
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 441
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 441

    "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...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful View of the Dark Sides of the Beats

    • By Rich S. on 03-11-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

    • By: Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pre-Beat Lit, instant classic!

    • By Jeff on 08-20-09

    Regular price: $12.57

    • Wake Up

    • A Life of the Buddha
    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Wake Up is Kerouac's retelling of the life of Prince Siddartha Gotama, who abandoned his wealthy family and comfortable home for a lifelong search for Enlightenment....

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Big Sur

    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: David Angelo
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Arguably his finest post-On the Road novel, Big Sur captures Kerouac (here named Jack Duluoz) trying to escape the clamor of beatnik adulation....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great performance with difficult material.

    • By cosmitron on 06-14-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Visions of Cody

    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: Graham Parker
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Hear Jack Kerouac's most radical experiment in language and storytelling - an "enormous paean"...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Annoying

    • By A. Yerkes on 07-20-09

    Regular price: $10.50

    • The Sea Is My Brother

    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Written seven years before The Town and the City officially launched his writing career, this novel marks the pivotal point at which Jack Kerouac began laying the foundations for his pioneering method....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For Kerouac fans

    • By Anthony on 02-17-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Tristessa

    • By: Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Kerouac fell under the spell of Esperanza's dark allure and exotic surroundings, and hoped to re-experience the "fellaheen nights" of his joyous adventures with Mexicans in his past....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gritty

    • By William on 06-09-18

    Regular price: $6.95

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