I expected an story and view of Americana,,, geography and culture, but found the author's politics and prejudices interfering in what could have been a great account of his travels.
As Steinbeck said that The Badlands were no more representative of America than was Disneyworld, I would say that The Coopers, or the Cheerleaders, or his Texas hosts were no more representative of the families I have known as a life long resident of Texas and Louisiana.
great story and based on my road trips in live I can understand the rush at the end. like smelling water when you parched from thirst...you break out into a run.
It was too much talk about his feelings. I just wanted to hear about what he saw.
No, I like Bill Bryson very Much. He is funny as well.
It was a great book. I don't generally read these types of books. I enjoyed this very much. I am surprised that I enjoyed the fact that this book was primarily about his experiences on a journey.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
A leisurely listen to the account of Steinbeck’s iconic road trip after all these years is pure pleasure, and the wisdom of his penetrating observations is undeniable. Perhaps the best known is, “We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” There is also compelling reasoning for traveling alone, and in revisiting the haunts of his youth on the West Coast, surprising insights into the true nature of ghosts: they are us.
The most powerful experience is that of his sweep through the racist Deep South of 55 years ago, and it’s enough to make you squirm. As it did him.
I do not know what the voice of John Steinbeck sounded like, but from now on it will be that of Gary Sinise, who provides exactly the right mix of warmth, irony, and—at the end—exhaustion from a marathon observant journey across America.
I read this book back in the 60's. I remembered bits and pieces but generally just remembered I liked it. I am so glad I bought the audiobook. Gary Sinise does a terrific job. His voice seems an exact fit for the style of writing. Of course, Steinbeck's use of language is so refreshing. There were many instances when I paused just to allow what he had written to sink in. The words needed to be allowed to linger a moment or two before you really understood all that he had written. An unexpected bonus was some of his insights are not too far away from what we experience today. So happy I bought it. Makes me want to get more of his works.
No. Very narrow minded and biased concerning the South! There are other time periods and peoples who have been sadly illtreated in the history of this country. Someone was grouchy and homesick by the time he reached the south!
His narrow minded telling of his single experience with the South. There are many good things about the South that he failed to see. Perhaps he was wearing blinders when he reached the South in addition to cutting this part of his experience short. He missed much in his opinated abuse of our Southern states. Many of us have loving, positive experiences and memories with our black friends just as he did growing up in CA.
Until he reached the South and treated it so poorly, it was interesting.
Excellent performance - very poor ending! What a jerk! And what a pity party we were having by the time we reached the beautiful Southern states of this great country.
The actual story itself could have made this a 4 or 5. I don't know why an actor of great prestige would have wanted to read such a book.
Yes... Steinbeck does have great fiction... this nonfiction was the worst
All of it...
Travels With Charley is a life-long favorite. I've read it many times. Gary Senise gives it body that I've never discerned before.
At this moment of enchantment, I can't think of a comparison.
No I haven't, but I intend to.
Both laughter, tears plus thought and retrospective, past and present.
Gary Sinise's voice was perfect for this content
The narative was interesting and funny.
This was a first but he reads very well.
When Steinbeck is describing the bustle and intensity of the factory towns of the midwest as he passes by and it made me think that if he drove past now most would be almost deralict ghost towns.