Jack's Book

An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: DD4823
Released: Jul 01, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781620640579
Narrator/s: Mauro Hantman
Publisher: AudioGo
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The classic and fascinating story of Jack Kerouac, "King of the Beats" and American literary legend, recorded through the voices of his friends and lovers. Authors Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee retraced Kerouac's life at home and on the road and talked with the prophets, musicians, poets, socialites, and working people who knew him. Some are famous (Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs); some are not (Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, his barroom companions). All have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life. We see Jack at Columbia University and on the scene of Greenwich Village; speeding across the tarmac of America with Neal Cassidy ('Dan Moriarty' in Kerouac's classic novel, On the Road); at home with his possessive mother; in California, drinking wine and talking Buddhism; and finally, in Florida, where his life ends tragically at forty-seven years old. Jack's Book, like Kerouac's novels, makes a unique contribution to our understanding of a man and a generation that shaped the dreams and visions of those who followed.

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Narrator(s): Mauro Hantman
Product Number Z100029049
Released: Jul 01, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792789024
Product Number EB00385192
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101580462

Professional reviews

"This classic oral biography of Jack Kerouac, the most well known of the Beat Poets, was originally published in 1978. This edition includes a new introductory essay by the surviving author Gifford, which provides additional insights into the subject and the authors' methods of research. Through interviews with Kerouac's famous and infamous friends and lovers, this patchwork quilt explores a life at home and on the road. Mauro Hantman's narration is not well suited to this oral history. His calm, cultured voice offers essentially no characterization, a style that makes for a nondescript audiobook. Varied voices would have helped the listener better understand and recognize such luminaries as Gore Vidal, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. This is an enlightening work that simply does not engage. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"