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Publisher's Summary

"The only people for me are the mad ones," wrote Jack Kerouac, "the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."

On the Road is the classic story of two such characters: Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, who set off on an odyssey through mid-century underground America, fueled by jazz, sex, drugs, mystical philosophy, and a limitless passion for experience.

©1955 Jack Kerouac (original material) . Copyright renewed © Stella Kerouac 1983. Copyright renewed © Stella and Jan Kerouac 1985 (P)1986 LFP Holding, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An authentic work of art...the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is." (Gilbert Millstein, The New York Times)

"On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public.... What makes the novel really important, what gives it that drive is a genuine new, engaging and exciting prose style.... What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing." (Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco Chronicle)  

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not the full book

for whatever reason this is not full book and that’s very misleading as it’s the first book that comes up when you search for the book

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David Carradine's voice is Sal Paradise.

I have read this book several times. I still cried when Carradine read the last lines. Perfect.

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Not the full book

No where near the full thing. It skips a huge amount of detail, posts made no sense.

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not the whole book.

in fact about nine hours shy of the whole story. I feel ripped off. not worth paying for

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Abridged

This is an abridged version but I do like the narrator. Remember you can return any book.

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Highly Recommended for anyone at a life crossroads or in a midlife crisis!!!

"Memories and dreams are intermixed in this mad universe." ---Jack Kerouac

"I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion." ---Jack Kerouac

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Not the full story, why bother?!??

I loved Carradine’s reading it was perfect. David this is not your fault. Truly, I wish it was more upfront about how it was abridged. This is a book that really shouldn’t be cut down in anyway, it’s about the journey.
I need to be more careful and read the reviews next time.

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Carradine Nails it!

Something about Carradine's crackly plain voice lends very well to the material. It reflects the rugged plain beatific Beaty beat beat of the road.

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wonderful

This is a must read, classic! you will not regret listening to this book. Definitely a different perspective to life

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Chapters are out of order

It was good enough narration bug the ending of the book is placed in the middle. Not good