Summer Travel MP3CDs

By: on July 11, 2005 | # | Comments (1) | Something Different

The Sunday Times had an article on The Sounds of Summer this past weekend. I thought the idea of having Matt Dillion read Jack Kerouac's On the Road sounded interesting....

"Dillon gives the impression that he’s coming at the text (all 10 hours, 15 minutes) in a blind, flying leap, but this rough-and-ready approach, in all its gravelly intensity, is well matched to the book’s free-flowing spontaneity."

William Roberts reads Bill Bryson’s The Lost Continent, and Alex Jennings reads Charlie Connelly's Attention All Shipping.

I don't know who these readers are, and I'll admit I had to look up what an MP3CD was as well. So, for those of you UK Written Road readers, have at it. I'd buy the Bryson one sight unseen, and they sold me on Dillion's Kerouac. If any of you have heard these, lets us know how they are.

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Peter  |  July 19, 2005 10:10 PM


I picked up Matt Dillon's reading of "On the Road" on CD last summer to see me through a drive north to upstate NY for a cousin's wedding. He does a great job and my drive was a breeze: windows down, open road -- just imagine all the other cars on the highway aren't there -- and Kerouac: good times.

Actually, since we're on the subject of audio books, my pop gave me Ken Burns'"The History of Jazz" on CD for Christmas a few years back, but I never got around to listening to it back home. However, I burned in onto my iPod and took it travlleing with me. I eventually listened to the whole thing on bus rides during two months in New Zealand. Sonce then, I have been downloading audio books for my iPod whenever I can to get me through bus rides elsewhere in the world -- especially SEA where there is seldom a personal light alotted to you on night buses making reading impossible; besides, there are those damn Asian pop videos and kung-fu movies to contend with.


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