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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 18, 2007
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000XPWRAI
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On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition Audiobook – Unabridged
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Kerouac's keen travel observations provide the present-day reader with insights into what the country was like two or three generations ago and some of the ways it differs from America today. America seemed more free and wide-open in these pages, but the book is a reminder of how the encroachments of centralization and bureaucracy are on ongoing process--one of the characters in "On the Road" laments how much less free the country was at the book's mid-century vantage point than it was in the years before World War I.
Jazz was still wildly popular in America in the 1940s, and Kerouac references it constantly in these pages. Less savory aspects of the Beat culture included indiscriminate sexual activity, drug use, and alcohol abuse, and the repetitive nature of the stories describing these activities suggests that the characters were searching for something and just not finding it. Not all of the tales in the book were seedy, though, with many just plain fun travel stories.
In spots the repetitiveness did get tiresome, as did some of the eye-rolling driving techniques that suggested that the characters were just overgrown delinquents, but readers who have always been curious about the book and want to examine the Beat culture will find much of interest in "On the Road."
A MUST for any fan of Kerouac!
Years later I bicycled across the USA mostly on Rt. 6, the one Kerouac mostly followed. Likewise when I bicycled across the southern part of the USA in another venture, I hit many of the spots he wrote about.
Having said that, the first part of the book was very interesting, well written, but eventually it became same-o, same-o. I got weary of the endless smoking, drinking and drugging plus the total ill-regard to women. It was endlessly going around in circles with no point so I gave up after half of the book. Too bad as it would been better as a classic if ended with Part One.
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Wonderfully readable and still very current.
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