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).
Probably one of the best books I've ever bought. I had to go buy the hard copy cause I loved it so much! As for the audio of it Gary Senise was flawless! I will probably listen to this 100 more times!
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
I like the idea of a nationwide road trip, and I like that Steinbeck finds meaning in the people he interacts with and the mundane situations in which he finds himself.
That said, I think he forgets that the undertaking as a whole really is rather mundane. I think with the exception of his travels through the South, he plays up drama that isn't there, and hints to danger and fear when there really isn't any reason for it. Let's be clear, in 1961 he custom ordered a 3/4 ton GMC pickup, outfitted it with a custom-ordered camper, and drove it around the US with his dog. I know it was over 50 years ago, but seriously, how dramatic can it be? He was basically an early member of the old-man-in-an-RV social group.
Again, that said, his observations of the racial unrest in the Deep South at the time were really quite dramatic, and probably had a genuine potential for danger.
It's ok, but not profound.