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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (38,086 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: Allen Ginsberg Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Two friends in 1950s San Francisco Bohemia explore Buddhism Zen - hipster style. On the road to finding Dharma, or truth, the story's narrator, Raymond Smith comes to a spiritual roadblock. Smith, based on Kerouac himself, discovers a role model in his friend Japhy Ryder, modeled after the real poet-Buddhist Gary Snyder. This autobiographical novel is one of Kerouac's most popular, and has served as an inspiration to the beat culture, hippies, and dharma seekers since the 1950s. This program is narrated by legendary poet Allen Ginsberg, a friend of Kerouac's and an early fan of his work. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 2/10/2014

    " I remember rally liking this in high school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry Markley | 2/8/2014

    " I'd never read any Beat generation writing until my final year of college. I really enjoyed this book, even more than On the Road. It's worth checking out, especially in conjunction with other Beat works and Kerouac books. It amazing as a free-standing work, even more so in the context it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tilen | 1/10/2014

    " To explain how infatuating, unbelievably stunning and absolutely inspirational is simply impossible. In loved the book in all aspects and Jack Kerouac truly is one of the most amazing writers of his time. While reading some parts of the book my heart trembled with love towards the beauty of living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey Deiterman | 1/7/2014

    " Kerouac gets into Buddhism. It's similar to On the Road in style, with the role of Kerouac's idol and friend being filled in this one by his real life Buddhist mentor. It's a fascinating read, though it ends abruptly, I suppose because he wrote up to that point in his life. You get a feeling he's reached a new plateau of understanding and intellect towards the end, but sadly in real life he slowly dropped out of Buddhism in favor of alcoholism (which ultimately took his life and robbed him of the friends described in this book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Curry | 12/28/2013

    " sometimes beautiful and sometimes boring. i feel like it's often enlightened to the degree of cruelty. I'm glad I read it, but it's only okay, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 11/26/2013

    " An amazing story about self exploration with great Characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonya | 11/19/2013

    " I am in the middle of this novel and not liking it so far. It bugs me that he is just writing about his life and the plot seems to be going nowhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 11/10/2013

    " on the same level as on the road "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille Church | 8/21/2013

    " As the cover says, "Kerouac living his dream as a Zen lunatic and rucksack wanderer on the fabled golden shores of West Coast America." Its value to me is the intimacy of friendship and shared life, adventure, the beauty of the wilderness, and a search for truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 7/27/2013

    " Much better than On The Road, this story kept me reading while eating at the dinner table, I really couldn't put it down. It was possibly the worst moment when it ended because I read most of Kerouac's books already, and this was what I consider to be his best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 7/21/2013

    " "Sequel" to On the Road. I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jørn Olav | 6/1/2013

    " The great parts of this book is really awesome, but in total.. It's a drag. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Cywinski | 5/23/2013

    " This won't be a long review, but this is one of my favorite books. I re-read it every year at least once. I had a hard time getting through On the Road initially, though I love it now, but The Dharma Bums was easier to read and identify with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/3/2012

    " Kerouac is not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 12/2/2012

    " My first time reading Kerouac. I liked it a lot, though I already knew about Gary Snyder ("Japhy" in the book) from a college course on Buddhism I took. Very interesting. Minus one point only because the middle section in the city isn't as interesting as the bookend sections in the mountains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Pangrace | 10/30/2012

    " A book about climbing mountains while I was climbing mountains. Perfect. Preferred this to On the Road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unigami | 10/16/2012

    " My favorite book by the great jumpin' jack kerouac... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 andy | 6/26/2012

    " it had it's moments. the phrase 'pretty girls make graves' is in there. decent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 4/5/2012

    " This is my favorite book by Kerouac. It fits his image perfectly and is tightly written. A must read for all beat fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Baker | 2/1/2012

    " Really would love to have lived when this book was set and done what the main character did. Gives a sense of solitude and strength in shedding attachment to relationships and possession. Brings the hippy out in you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaymason | 1/27/2012

    " This book started quick and ended slowly. I enjoyed it. Jack spins a pretty decent story. Very Honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fictionjunky | 1/19/2012

    " bum tiddy bum - as an account, this works. i'm still constantly amazed at what went on during the late 1950's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Cheon | 8/10/2011

    " Maybe it's just where I'm at in my life right now, but I really identified with this book. Definitely one to reread in the future "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 6/6/2011

    " I listened to this on audiobook and really enjoyed it. I found myself much more sympathetic to the characters than in "On the Road." I loved the descriptions of the land from the desert to the Sierra Nevadas to the Carolina woods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 5/22/2011

    " Found this book very entertaining and it is what has sparked an interest into meditation for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 5/9/2011

    " Not the Road, but a good book all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnie | 5/6/2011

    " Even beggining to talk about this book is challenging. While stumbling on a cosmic truth does not entirelly suits the universal balance, self-induced illumination has got buddha nature. Nirvana can arrive at any time, and then, we'll throw in one hellu'va party. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 5/5/2011

    " Vintage Kerouac. He is happy and free and it continually makes you want to enter his world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 4/26/2011

    " Major influence on my life. "

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

    " While I wasn't hooked on Kerouac from On The Road, I throughly enjoyed The Dharma Bums. A great read. After this book I'm ready to be a bum the rest of my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 4/10/2011

    " I read this book twice in the span of only (maybe) six months. That is all I need to say. I look forward to future readings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay | 4/10/2011

    " What can I say...
    I just can't get enough of Kerouac and each time I enter with hesitancy, I become drawn in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashleigh | 4/8/2011

    " Not my favourite Jack Kerouac. Although I liked the writing style (a typical Kerouac style) I wasn't fond of the religious over tones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caelyn | 3/27/2011

    " Get out of the woods. It's not hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoo | 3/25/2011

    " The mature "on the road", where Kerouac turns his gaze inward, but still likes the wine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bailey | 3/21/2011

    " Favorite book of all time. I read this when I was 16 and it absolutely changed my life, in fact, it's probably time I pick it up again and see if it still has the same magic. "

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