The Dharma Bums

  • by Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by Allen Ginsberg
  • 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two friends in 1950s San Francisco Bohemia explore Buddhism Zen - hipster style. On the road to finding Dharma, or truth, the story's narrator, Raymond Smith comes to a spiritual roadblock. Smith, based on Kerouac himself, discovers a role model in his friend Japhy Ryder, modeled after the real poet-Buddhist Gary Snyder. This autobiographical novel is one of Kerouac's most popular, and has served as an inspiration to the beat culture, hippies, and dharma seekers since the 1950s. This program is narrated by legendary poet Allen Ginsberg, a friend of Kerouac's and an early fan of his work.

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jack at his best

on the road part two. with lots of buddism in the mix, just enough humor to keep it from being boring. mind expanding beat litt at its finest.
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- S. Craig

As it should be done

What made the experience of listening to The Dharma Bums the most enjoyable?

Brilliant story, brilliant narration


Have you listened to any of Allen Ginsberg???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ginsberg is the perfect narrator for this piece. There are probably narrators more qualified with better voices and better meter, but Ginsburg lived with Kerouac, danced and sang and sprouted mad poetry with him, he is Alvah Goldbook is the book.


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- Benbarian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books