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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: David Carradine Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598877052
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“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 1950s underground America, fueled by jazz, sex, drugs, mystical philosophy, and a limitless passion for experience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arjuna G | 2/17/2014

    " I had to stop reading this one part-way through... so sexist & overrated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terra | 2/14/2014

    " I liked this version of On the Road a lot better than the reprinted version. I love how raw this book is and I can imagine Kerouac telling it in his own voice. The only thing that was kind of annoying was how it's pretty much all one big, long paragraph. If I hadn't read it in a day or two, I had difficulty finding my place again. This is the greatest wanderlust book I've read and I do enjoy it a lot. Definitely worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Vallone | 2/9/2014

    " Made me want to pack some cheese sandwiches and jump in my minivan and drive across America. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teri | 2/8/2014

    " Couldnt do it--had to end the trip before it finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Lewert | 1/22/2014

    " i was given this book after high school graduation from my brothers friend russ. i read it over the course of 3 years each time i got on a plane to come home. this book kept me going to california when all i wanted to do was stay home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis Hansen | 1/10/2014

    " On The Road is a great book! The original scroll adds a bit more energy, realism, and blatant rawness of their epic adventure. I also like that it uses my gramps real name (Neal). He was a crazy SOB for his time; well I guess they all were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't actually read the original scroll, but a version of the book. I really enjoyed it, especially the way it was written, with such wonderful language. I also really loved the free-spiritedness of it all :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 1/5/2014

    " Hey, everyone goes through their Kerouac phase, right? Mine was about 10 years ago but I really had a good time reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachery | 12/25/2013

    " I've read this a million times. Each is clearer and truer than the last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Thompson | 12/24/2013

    " One of my favorite books--so much here, a raw portrait of American culture painted in vivid, relentless prose that Kerouac is best at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Murphy | 12/24/2013

    " A good book but the scroll version makes reading a chore and I am reminded of why editors are necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Crane | 12/6/2013

    " the hedonism and pointlessness of the early beats "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/5/2013

    " I liked it because of the sense of time and place (the 60s in America) and while not having any chapters (there are I think 4 "books" but it's all one long narrative) makes it difficult to put down, it makes you feel like you're there, watching it all happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 9/27/2013

    " Finally - "On the Road" as it was truly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 9/12/2013

    " Gone and gorgeous. I'm grateful to have picked up the original scroll by accident--I feel confident that I had a better time than my literature classmates, who were bound to the original. A thrilling ride that combines staccato pulsations with truth and vim. Much was gleaned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis | 3/25/2013

    " I haven't read the edited version, but I can't imagine how it could be an improvement over this one. The typos and run-ons, total lack of paragraph breaks, and rampant profanity and sexuality all feel like integral parts of the narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ty | 10/6/2012

    " actually like the scroll version better. hard to find a stopping point though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zohra | 1/25/2012

    " it was AMAZING!!!!!! I loved the honesty and the freedom of it ! <3 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 1/24/2012

    " I read this a few years ago and I didn't finish it. I had already read On The Road as it was originally published, so reading this version was a bit redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G Sins | 1/23/2012

    " Fraught with eminent peril ........ And mad ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Q | 11/21/2011

    " This is not for the faint of heart. This is a challenging read that will give you what you put into it. The story of the Scroll is legendary and to be able to read it in its most pure and Holy form is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odeen Rocha | 8/6/2011

    " El mejor libro del siglo XX. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 5/29/2011

    " Interesting historical perspective. What a tragic waste of life. That Kerouac died an untimely and senseless death comes as no surprise after reading this book. "

  • 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.