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The Dharma Bums
- By: Jack Kerouac
- Narrated by: Allen Ginsberg
- Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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.
Don't buy abridged versions of novels.
- By Ronald C. Wagner on 12-28-09
I'm a Kerouac fan, but just could not get into this version. Something about Ginsberg's narration that just turned me off.
- A Novel
- By: Bill Beverly
- Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
- Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Dodgers is the story of a young man named East who works for an LA drug gang, sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys - including East's hotheaded younger brother - to kill a witness connected to a major case, who is hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, and over the course of his journey the book brings in elements from a diverse array of genres, ranging from crime fiction to road narrative to coming-of-age novel.
Dodgers leave L.A!! What's the world coming to?
- By Clodhopper on 04-23-16
Kind of like "Great Expectations" but with guns.
A little slow to start, but you can't help but root for East. I'd love to know what happened to him after the story finished.