“This review refers to the audio edition of "On The Road"(Unabridged) by Jack Kerouac(Read by Matt Dillon)...
Jack Kerouac's words and characters come alive in this outstanding read by Matt Dillon. Each character from the life loving "Sal Paradise", to the complex "Dean Moriarity" and all the colorful personalities we meet "On The Road" are given life as Dillon captures the essence of what Kerouac himself called the "Beat" generation.
Before there were Hippies or Yuppies, it was hip to be "Beat." The generation of writers, poets, artists, and musicians living Bohemian lifestyles yearning for knowledge,and enjoying life to it's fullest.
"On The Road", a novel based on Kerouac's own travels, follows the adventures of Sal and Dean as they criss-cross North America, usually broke, trying to find themselves. They experience life, and lifestyles new to them and savor every moment. Every character they encounter touches their lives in some way, and adds greatly to this story. Kerouac's zest for life and love of people becomes apparent and is contagious. His wonderful descriptive phrases leave you with fabulous images of the people, the places, and the times. I often found myself smiling or even laughing out loud.
This audio edition will have you spellbound. I listened to it every chance I got... while cleaning or working out, and became so engrossed I lost track of the time. I brought it with me every time I went somewhere in the car.
If you're looking for a great audio book, a story that pulls you in and a reader who will captivate you, this is one you should consider. I had a great time(Again) and wished I was there!
"What's your road, man?".......enjoy...”
“Though beautifully written, I found the content of this drifter's tale by turns boring and disturbing. The lyrical, almost stream of consciousness writing becomes sometimes tedious and I often found my mind wandering.
Sal Paradise is a likable character, but the way he blithely partakes of drugs, alcohol, and must disturbingly, underage prostitutes, tended to put me off him. I like the idea that every filthy, drug-addled hobo is secretly a poetic mystic who loves the world and all things in it, but the reality is far more bleak. In the end, Sal's life is sad and ultimately pathetic. I can understand his desire to shirk all responsibilities and set off on daily adventures, but this is hardly the behavior of a grown man.
It is, however, a powerful insight into the psyche of today's modern man who is lazy, underachieving, and positively phobic of responsibility. I just don't think such a lifestyle should be glorified. ”
“Fantastic. I listened to the Penguin Audio production of this book, read by Will Patton. There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. After listening to it though, there are several words that will always bring back memories of the book. Mamba. Jazz. Blow. Belly. Yees! Roar. Tea. Beat. Mad. Hipster. Whore. The characters' wild abandon is intoxicating. Makes my life seem a little dull...although much more comfortable and more substantive. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the accuracy and level of detail (musicians, music, street names, other aspects of geography) juxtaposed with the chaos of their adventures which would suggest none of the details would be noticed or remembered.”Neil Crocker wrote this review Tuesday, May 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book that kicked-off the Beat Generation. This ranks among the best works I have ever read. Everyone should read it.”Zachary Ramsey wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I waited 50 years to get around to reading this "classic" and now I wish I had waited 50 more. There is a fine line between genius and gibberish and it was well on the wrong side of the line. Kerouac wrote it in a 3 week burst while high on benzedrine and that is exactly how it reads.”Mike K wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Overrated novel (?).”monur72 wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This sometimeboy's journey was well worth the ride. ”Lindsay M wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a phenomonal story of the Beatnik culture in the 40's. This will forever be my favorite book! Jack Kerouac is both descriptive and precise in his telling of his tale.”Allyson Herkowski wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A novel without a great deal of structure and narrative which makes it equally enthralling and exhausting to read. The two protagonists - Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty - are monumentally selfish and self-centered, which makes "On the Road" that bit more unpleasant. Kerouac's feverish writing style keeps events rattling along, but the novel is ultimately overlong and overstays its welcome.”StevenScrivello wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No