Visions of Cody

  • by Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by Graham Parker
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hear Jack Kerouac's most radical experiment in language and storytelling - an "enormous paean" to that singular and influential figure Neal Cassady. A fusion of radical improvisation, bold reportage, and oracular voice, it is Kerouac's ultimate version of his ultimate masterpiece, On the Road. The selections featured in this recording capture Kerouac's astonishing spontaneity, a quality that inspired Allen Ginsberg to dub Visions of Cody "the most sincere and holy writing I know of our age."

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What the Critics Say

Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1996, Dramatic Reading.

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Annoying

Why pick a narrator with a British accent to read Kerouac? Why make the jazz background music so prominent and incessant? Why abridge a work whose thorough, thick description is precisely the point? I'm a fan of Kerouac and have loved other readings of his works (I'm partial to Matt Dillon's reading of On the Road,) but I find this one marred by pretentiousness and difficult to appreciate.
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- A. Yerkes "Expatriate American academic with high, middle, and low-brow taste."

An American Tale Told in a Strange Cockney Voice

I have to agree with an earlier review. I thought that the accent of the narrator would not bother me. I am a world traveler, but I do know that traveling the states is a different thing all together, and I find this reading to be awful and unlistenable. Very disappointing.
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- Oakley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio