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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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  • rishon, KY, United States
  • 11-06-16

amazing!

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

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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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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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The Dimond shining over the beatnik era.

The is no book like that one. Perfect guide to the road everyone takes in one form or another. sporo antidote to the manicured fake life we are living today... chance to meet our "very own" Dean M. in the depths of our reflections...

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Such a trip...

Talk about a break from life. Getting into this audio version of On the Road has been a real soul soother. Will Patton does an excellent job of bringing the life out of this road trip novel. Not an easy task considering the range of character temperament and demeanors. I highly recommend listening through it.

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Boring!

Expected so much more. I guess I was in the mood for Hunter S Thompson.