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  • The Dharma Bums

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Allen Ginsberg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

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.

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

  • By Ronald C. Wagner on 12-28-09

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Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I'm a Kerouac fan, but just could not get into this version. Something about Ginsberg's narration that just turned me off.

  • Dodgers

  • A Novel
  • By: Bill Beverly
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgers leave L.A!! What's the world coming to?

  • By Clodhopper on 04-23-16

Kind of like "Great Expectations" but with guns.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-18

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.