I didn't want this amazing story to end. John took me on a journey I'll never forget, full of sights sounds, smells, thoughts, feelings and marvelous characters. I am very sad it is already over. Looks like I'll have to read it again.
Few wrters are as gifted as John Steinbeck in describing people, places, and attitudes of Americans. This wonderfully insightful narrative is as brilliant as any other Steinbeck work, filled with humor, opinion, and insight into one of America's literary giants.
His interactions of Americans in 1960 were surprisingly diverse. This was a fun story told by an amazing writer.
I really enjoyed his interaction with Charley and how he is personified.
Gary Sinise delivers wonderfully
I laughed while listening in the airport and drew several stares.
Say something about yourself!
I love John Steinbeck's writing. He is so very easy to listen to....like having a conversation with an old friend.
I'm not a dog person, but the interactions between Steinbeck and his dog were priceless!
As a person with an extreme wanderlust affliction and an owner of a truck similar to Rosinante, I was hooked from the minute I learned of this book's existence.
I had several laugh-out-loud moments in the first half of the book.
My wife and I listened to this book on a long road trip of approximately the same duration. The first half of the book was charming and engrossing. Our trip flew by and for the several days we spent at our destination, we found ourselves in high anticipation of our return trip so we could finish the book. The second half of the book took on a very different character from the first. The first half was filled with descriptions of his camper, what he saw and great dialogue with those he met along the way. Instead, the second half devolved into a treatise on what was wrong with the society of the day with little regard to the travels themselves-miles and miles were covered with no mention of the sites I know he had to have seen. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it made the book seem bipolar to me. I don't regret listening to it one bit and will likely listen to it again in the future.
I need say nothing more than, "it's Steinbeck." I had read everything else he had written. For years this was the one book outstanding that I hadn't read. My only regret is that I hadn't read it sooner. Everything I love of him as a writer is found here. His perspective, his sensitivity, his connection to the human condition. Well worth the read.
The story wasn't what I expected. I thought there would be more character interaction and care to build. However it was a true travel story and Gabe great description. At times, the narrator the drone on and you could get quite boring. There were several parts of the story that were very interesting and will stay with me for a long time. Those are the parts I really enjoyed and appreciated.