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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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). "

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