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On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jack Kerouac

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2007

Duration: 11 hours 0 minutes


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.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Joanna J

    A very full and robust account of the travels of young adults with wanderlust. A lust for life and multiple cultures met along the way make this a fun but an intense read. This one I will need to listen to again. Possibly several times. This would be a great travel read...Naturally!

  • Allott B

    Incredible narrator! Changed the book for me. Highly recommended.

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