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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: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429592406
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A 50th anniversary hardcover edition of Kerouac’s classic novel that defined a generation

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. This hardcover edition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the first publication of the novel in 1957 and will be a must-have for any literature lover.





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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.”

    Atlantic

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

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

    Library Journal

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ethan | 1/16/2014

    " Although I think I somewhat understand how this novel gained Kerouac the fame he received, I found it to be rather weak. The book generally lacks plot. This may be by design, but, be that as it may, it is not the kind of book I tend to enjoy. I expect that the primary reason why this book has been praised is because of how well it illustrates the internal strife and conflict veterans of WWII experienced in the 40s and 50s and the development of the beat movement. While that is a touching topic to address and perhaps needs to be expressed in some way, I think Hemingway does a better job of showing how war can leave young men uprooted and impotent in The Sun Also Rises. In both books, the protagonist is thrust into a world of cheap thrills, lawlessness, and nomadic attempts to find a purpose or a home after war. They each end with a reference to how their journeys have been futile--they are about to restart the cycle of what occurred in the novel. I simply think that Hemingway put the message out there more eloquently and with a better plot, so I question why we should read the later, inferior iteration of the time-tested formula. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ayesha | 1/14/2014

    " This book proved to be one of the most painful reads ever. I kept reading other books which slowed the process even further. But i definitely feel proud that i have finished it. Apart from this, the characters are not likeable at all. They are silly and egoistical. The book also happens to be quite sexist and racist, then again it was the 50s but it proved to be another major turn off for me,nevertheless. I don't recommend it to anyone, a seriously overrated 'classic'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hzar Worth | 1/9/2014

    " Of all the beatniks, always liked this gentleman, another French Canadian. Anybody that's ever driven over the road in a tractor trailer can relate to this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Wood | 1/6/2014

    " While I can appreciate Kerouac's ideas and style, I feel it's difficult to make any meaningful connections to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfonso López | 12/15/2013

    " Bought it at Imperial Books NYC. One of my personal favorites. The Mad Ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/6/2013

    " This is a dangerous book. Now I want to hitchhike across the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Samaniego | 11/26/2013

    " although i am not a rambler at heart like Kerouac, i enjoyed living vicariously through him in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khaled | 10/25/2013

    " Great story in the spirit of adventure & freedom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robb Ellis | 7/31/2013

    " My favorite book. It has no peers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 6/7/2013

    " It's probably a very good book, too bad that I can't relate to it very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oleg Janeiko | 5/18/2013

    " great energy throughout the whole book. really enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine Koyama | 2/23/2013

    " I have moved on... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/1/2012

    " On the Road. It was great. It was terrible. It was worth reading. Thank god it's over. 3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hughes Keenan | 8/30/2012

    " Been there, done that. What else would I have travelled with this past year, though I think I'd of left Dean behind in Nebraska. There are limits, but that's what's great about Kerouac's seminal work - no limits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lulu Bella | 6/29/2012

    " Unabashed, raw, time capsule. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justine | 2/13/2012

    " I really, really tried to finish this book. But I found I disliked the main character and the author's writing style. Life is just too short to read books you don't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Tallis | 10/2/2011

    " Every poet needs to read this. The voice of a generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/23/2011

    " My favorite book of all time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronni | 5/23/2011

    " I didn't finish this book twice. Three times the charm. I still know what I didn't like about it before, but that doesn't stop me from loving it now... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 5/23/2011

    " a life changing book if you read it when you're young.I read it when I was 17 but when I tried to reread it in my forties it was hugely disappointing "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 5/22/2011

    " i could not get into this book. i tried, but i ended up putting it down half way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thadd | 5/17/2011

    " A sympathetic look at members of the beat generation. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac (1922–1969) was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922. He attended local Catholic schools and eventually Columbia University, becoming in the late 1940s and early 1950s a member of what was soon to be called “the beat generation.” His first novel appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, published in 1957, that epitomized to the world the beat philosophy. This novel 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. Kerouac published several novels, and Mexico City Blues is a volume of his poetry. 

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.