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).
A wonderfully written story with many thoughtful moments. You may need to be in the right mood to listen to this as you can probably pick up the story at any point along the journey. Nonetheless, it's so well written that the time passes quickly and you feel refreshed when you arrive ..at the end.
I read The Grapes if Wrath in high school 35+years ago. I don't remember any of it, but after thoroughly enjoying and relishing in the prose of this book, I know I will reread it and hope to experience the genius of John Steinbeck again.
Even--or maybe especially--if you're not a huge Steinbeck fan, this book is charming and delightful in its slow, understated portrait of roadside America In the 60s. The reading is also understated and so perfect it's hard to imagine the words accompanied by any other voice (or voices--) Very enjoyable.
This is my favorite Steinbeck so far. It's a break from his other writing that I've read. Just a wonderfully written road trip story. I was having flashbacks to 'Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance' and maybe even 'Desert Solitaire', although Steinbeck in this isn't quite as fond of the national parks. Perhaps the only detail I found disagreeable in the whole book. If you're looking for classic Steinbeck maybe explore a few of his other well known books. But still read this one! I would recommend it to every single person!
This was recommended to me by a friend. I was hooked from the moment I hit play. Gary Sinise does a great job reading this book. I fell in love with the dog, and felt I could see the places he visited that he painted with his words. I would recommend this to anyone in search of a great novel.
No.. one time read
It is easy to listen to.
I enjoyed it immensely. As an RVer myself I like the freedom of movement described in the book. I also have experience with dog on the road.
At about 14 minutes in, I knew I fell in love with this book. Steinbeck captures the wanderlust I have felt my entire life and feeds my jealousy from his experiences and delicate prose. I could think of no better narrator to take me on this journey than he who introduced me to Steinbeck and his sweet brother Lennie when I was young.