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3.00000482215601 out of 53.00000482215601 out of 53.00000482215601 out of 53.00000482215601 out of 53.00000482215601 out of 5 3.00 (138,942 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In its time Jack Kerouac’s masterpiece was the bible of the Beat Generation, the essential prose accompaniment to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. While it stunned the public and literary establishment when it was published in 1957, it is now recognized as an American classic. WithOn the Road, Kerouac discovered his voice and his true subject—the search for a place as an outsider in America.

A penniless writer named Sal Paradise becomes inspired to hitchhike across America, taking the listener on a freewheeling journey through the 1950s youth counterculture. Joining up with other fellow vagabonds who are in love with life and open to adventure, they explore jazz, sex, drugs, and mysticism on the fringes of society.

Credited as the book that launched Jack Kerouac’s career, On the Road epitomized to the world the generation that Kerouac himself named as “beat.” It created a sensation by chronicling a spontaneous and wandering way of life in a style that seemed founded both on jazz and on drug-induced visions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was the Huckleberry Finn of the mid-twentieth century. Kerouac substituted the road for the river, the fast car for the slow raft, the hipster in search of freedom for the black slave in search of freedom…While Huck and Jim were floating down America’s mile-wide aorta, while Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty were roaring across America’s heart, they were helping to change the course of American prose.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Mr. Kerouac has a distinctive style, part severe simplicity, part hep-cat jargon, part baroque fireworks. He uses each of these elements with a sure touch, works innumerable combinations and contrasts with them, and never slackens the speed of his narrative, which proceeds, like Dean at the wheel, at a steady hundred and ten miles an hour.”


  • “Poetic, open and raw…Kerouac’s perennially hot story continues to express the restless energy and desire for freedom that makes people rush out to see the world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The year 2007 marked the fiftieth anniversary of this modern classic, and an audio interpretation is a marvelous way to experience Kerouac’s free-flowing prose. Will Patton, noted for his performance of books by James Lee Burke, is a fine match for this text. On the Road is a winding, meandering journey, and Patton’s performance as narrator provides the map. His voice brings the vitality of Kerouac’s sense of spontaneity into being...Patton is appropriately quiet or exuberant, optimistic or cautious, and an ideal guide into the experience that is On the Road.”


  • “Undoubtedly one of the most influential and important novels of the twentieth century…A pillar of American literature.”

    Library Journal

  • One ofModern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hillary | 2/9/2014

    " Experimental for its time, and I appreciate the vivid verbs and language. But it grated on me after a while. Could be blamed on the audiobook version I was listening to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/8/2014

    " Inspiring. A shift in perspective and literary style. Always makes me want to hop in a car and DRIVE. For the wanderluster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stig Sæthre | 2/6/2014

    " Classic road trip, quite enjoyed this some 30 years ago;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris Mehigan | 1/25/2014

    " As far as classic American books go, "On the Road" tops the charts. Hop on a Mexican-bound train with Kerouac and never look back! "

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