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Publisher Description

The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation

September 5th, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of On the Road

On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance. Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago. This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Ann Charters.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

David Carradine
hr min
September 17
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

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The SOUND of Kerouac

The reviewers who pan this reading are missing the point entirely. I have read On the Road several times and love it first and foremost as a book. I've also heard Kerouac himself reading parts of it, and that's wonderful. But so is this excellent and engaging reading by David Carradine. If you want to hear every last word, by the book. Read it out loud if you have to. If you want to be inspired by the SOUND of this novel, the ENERGY in it, the PULSE, the PACE, the RHYTHM, you will love this reading and it will be worth twice the price. I learned as much as a writer by listening to Carradine's reading as I did by reading the book itself, it's that good. So is it the whole novel? No. Should it be called an abridged reading. Of course, and it is on the box of cassette tapes I bought ages ago. But now that I don't have a cassette player, I'm buying this reading again, glady, to keep listening to it from time to time and to let my son hear it. If you love the sound of great writing, buy this audio book.

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I was pretty upset when I spent ten bucks on this book, mainly because I bought it so I could just follow along in a hardcopy. Almost every other sentence is left out and there are some parts where entire paragraphs are simply skipped over. Total waste of my money.

Dave Vana ,


I have read on this book over a dozen times and have listened to several audio versions and this one is the best by far. The narrator captures the feel of Kerouac's writing and you feel like you are apart of the story.

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