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On the Road Audiobook

On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

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".

Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naïveté and wild abandon, and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.

©1955, 1957 John Sampas, Literary Representative, the Estate of Stella Sampas Kerouac; John Lash, Executor of the Estate of Jan Kerouac; Nancy Bump; and Anthony M. Sampas; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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    Ben Bearden 02-16-17
    Ben Bearden 02-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Listen to it faster"

    I'm a big fan of On the Road, but the narrator's delivery was a little weak. I realized about a quarter way through the book that if I listened to it on 1.25x speed of 1.5x speed that it lent a little more character to the individual characters of the story. My word of advice is to listen to it at a little faster speed to get more out of the characters.

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    Wm Cole 02-02-17
    Wm Cole 02-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Save some time"

    If you get this book (not recommended), listen to the first 15 minutes, and the last 15 minutes. That will give you the entire storyline of the book. The 5 or so hours you save can be spent listening to a good book.

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    Carolyn M. Kell 01-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Soul-felt performance depicting a tremendous time!"


    This is the once-in-a-blue-moon symphonic charge of delights to be heart and captured in the mind's eye and heart's memory -- truly, an audio performance worthy of the simple, but perfect pitches and haunting cadences that so bedazzle Kerouac's literary stab into America's heart!

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    Israel Boaz Ginsberg Israel 01-19-17
    Israel Boaz Ginsberg Israel 01-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Will Patton outdid himself."

    I am a mother of many children and do not always have the luxury of reading. Recently discovered Audible. I always press on the listening sample to check out the voice before making a purchase. This Will Patton made me feel as though I was hanging out with Dean Cassidy and Jack Kerouac. His ability to imitate their voices and the voices of the Mexicans and the Mexican women...Phenomenal. Highly recommend this version of this Audible book.

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    Bridgett H Ray 12-29-16
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    "Amazing performance by Will Patton!"
    Where does On the Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A classic book, and one of the best I've listened to so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is full of life and love and mistakes and raw unfiltered expression.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Dean Moriarty, hands down. The way Will Patton brings this character off the page and into life is absolute brilliance!


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

    No way! And I mean that in a good way! This book is not only a fairly long one, but it is so crammed full of action and movement and experiences and sometimes even stream of thought like dialogue from the characters that it is best experienced in managed doses. I don't think I would've been able to really absorb and follow it if I tried to listen to it all at once, and the overload of experiences and excitement would likely be disorienting.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never read another book like this powerhouse from Kerouac. The story is filled with bouts of frenzy and excitement along with reflection and observation which the writing style captures perfectly. I really enjoyed the journey of a story, but what really stood out to me with this book is the incomparable performance of Will Patton, as I mentioned in the title of my review. The story was good, but Patton brought the story and the numerous characters to life in a way that is beyond impressive! This is hands down the best audio performance I've ever heard, and I simply cannot overstate this. If there were an Academy Award for audio performance, Will would nab it easy with this one because his thoughtful and beautiful renditions of a whole array of diverse characters is every bit as brilliant as the onscreen work of favorites like Denzel Washington or Tom Hanks.

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    Scott F Hoehn 11-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Challenged with Writing style"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Purchased the book thinking that as it has such a cult following it would be an awesome experience. OH man - drivel, ad nausea. I forced myself to finish the production just to see if there was anything that would surprise me. Jacks writing style represents the time and era, but was not something to devote time and effort to.


    What could Jack Kerouac have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Resist publishing it?


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    El Scorcho 77 11-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The ideal voice for a limitless character driven american novel"

    Will Patton has the ability to seamless transition voices, vibes, and energy like a mad chemist, with each particular brand of concoction, a new color, and a new scent in the periodic table of the nation during the late 1940s. I was enthralled by this novel for a good portion, and even though at times I longed for the story to stop swerving and twisting like a kid with a bad stomach in back of his family's wagon on a summer road trip, I had absolutely no possible lack of respect or awe for Patton's voices and emerging life-forces. The measuring stick has been set to an almost unattainable altitude in my head, but I welcome the next book, and it's newest host to try.

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    Salomon P rishon, KY, United States 11-06-16
    Salomon P rishon, KY, United States 11-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "amazing!"

    more relevant than ever. Great reading, one of the best american writter I have ever read.

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    James G. McDonald 10-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    I vaguely remember reading this book in school, but it made no impact. I decided to listen to this reading mainly because I love Will Patton. I am so glad I did. This is a work of genuis, the quintessential American novel. Searching always searching for what lies ahead. Patton's performance is brilliant. He breaths life into the prose. One of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.

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    Steven A. Hubbard 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "one of the best read books I've heard!"

    absolutely incredible...story...performance...I feel like starting it over again after just finishing. get this now! NOW!

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