There seemed very little characters development. The author should have added life to the people he encountered along his travels.
The narrator spoke so slowly it was almost painful to listen to. I had to listen to this at 2x speed.
There is something about Gary Sinise's voice that is perfect for Steinbeck. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of one of my favorite books.
G. L. Edwards
Steinbeck (for me) is truly the last, great American author. Steinbeck puts the Reader right in the passenger seat. He is filled with so many cogent insights & epitaphs about America . . . an America we find out hasn't changed all that much.
Worth "reading"... Story captures your wunderlust in the first few minutes. Steinbeck lives on Long Island, but longs to visit the USA and its people. Charlie, his poodle, is the perfect, silent traveling companion. The people Steinbeck meets along the way provide the adventure.If you're ever in Salinas, you have to visit the National Steinbeck Center. Rocinante was on exhibit the last time I was there. It was Steinbeck's vessel for his journey of a lifetime.
Rocinante, because the mighty machine provided the adventure.
Gary has a great voice and provides colorful reflection on the author's words.
Steinbeck starting out and finding his stuff scattered all over Rocinante. Out of choas came order?
Steinbeck's gift to travelers.
When Charley got well.
Steinbeck. A friend who knew John Steinbeck say that Gary Sinise sounds just like him with the same inflections. Sinise did a superb job on this narration, perhaps one of the best audio books I've listened too from a narration standpoint.
The story is read unabridged and runs 20 plus hours. It need to be savored over several days driving time (preferably while on a road trip.
This was John Steinbeck's last work (some two years after his Nobel Prize) and I suspect he knew he was dying. This is not classic Steinbeck, but rather an insight into the man himself. We should all have a companion as tolerant as Charley (his poodle).
Not that Steinbeck needs any help, but readers can really make a book hit its stride and this adventure is played perfectly with Gary Sinese. I read the book long ago but never enjoyed it as much as listening.
A dog as a traveling companion with as much personality as the traveler himself. I feel as if I've toured the US & gotten to know it, & some of its inhabinates like never before. Fun & enlightening trip?