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Publisher Description

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.

Will Patton
hr min
October 18
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

tamclutcher ,

the perfect narrator

On The Road is one of my favorite novels. I borrowed this audiobook set from a friend, having previously owned a different version featuring Matt Dillon as its narrator. The one with Dillon was effective, but upon hearing this "50th Anniversary Edition" I immediately regretted not owning it instead. Will Patton is just about the best actor to read as Sal (or Kerouac, for that matter); his voice paints a perfect picture of the novel, its period and its characters. This is not only a must for Jack Kerouac devotees, but also those who are looking for a great introduction to his work. As mentioned before, the version with Matt Dillon is worthwhile...but it doesn't hold a candle to this. One of the best audiobooks of recent years; thoroughly enjoyable.

grateful bill ,

on the road

the guy who reads this book should be given an oscar in the spoken word catagory!

Silversurfer1 ,

Outstanding Reading of a Modern Classic

Man, what a reading of On the Road! The narrator makes Bull Lee sound just like William Burroughs. Obviously, the producers and the narrator did their homework. On the page the book is great but it really comes alive with this narration. If Kerouac were alive today, I think he'd really dig this reading of his book. Not to be missed.

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