I loved Steinbeck's self deprecating humor as well as his genuine rapport with just about everybody he met.
Steinbeck himself, though the Maine cat, George is as great an incidental character as one could hope for. The description of her malevolence (yes, George was female) had me in tears laughing.
Actually, I think he nailed the offhand, humorous story without becoming in any way pretentious, which would be easy to do reading Steinbeck.
America searched for and found
Steinbeck at his best. The story interesting, the prose immaculate. John managed to do what most men only speak of and dream about. A lone journey across the US with only a K9. A trip of self discovery and worldly understanding. Reminded me of "Zenith and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," only better written. Narration is top notch. When I hear the voice, my mind sees only Steinbeck himself. I recommend this to most everyone I know, especially the intellectual and the romantic.
Love listening to author-narrated memoirs and great fiction. I look forward to waiting in line since joining Audible.
Great narrative of a journey with timeless insights and perfect narration. Steinbeck at his best. Highly recommend.
Since I had no idea John Steinbeck had even written a book about a dog, I have no print version to reference. I will say, though, that I am a total fan of audio books, and I would highly recommend this audio version.
Avid listener. Sometime lawyer.
History often repeats itself. When reflecting on the 2016 Election, this American classic is a must-read to understand many of the similarities that still exist in America.
Steinbeck is a master storyteller and Gary Sinese (who played Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump) does a superb voice for Steinbeck! He is second only to my favorite voice actor, T. Anthony Quinn. Quinn's rendition of The Road by Jack London won the coveted TIVA Peer Award.
I had highly recommend this 5-star Audible book.
As a traveler and a dreamer, this tale captivated my attention. It took to places far for me to reach, but the people stories made it alive. Though is in the sixties, it has powerful messages about human dignity and a lesson in appreciating our differences. Loved it!
I liked this travelogue - story - history - humanity and philosophy (take your pick) as told by one of the greats. While 56 years ago, amazing how much has changed and even more amazing what remains the same. (Some good and some bad) An easy one to put down and pick back up without ever feeling lost. The narration voice was spectacular - Gary Sinise performance is amazing with regional inflections and the time period brought to light adding to the overall effect. While I'm aware of the controversy surrounding what may be true or fiction. That some of the conversations seemed staged and not unlike the dialogue in Steinbeck's fiction. For me it didn't matter if events actually happened or were they creative license- the story is the same and didn't impair my enjoyment. Being a dog person, I enjoyed all the passages about Charley - and could relate to many on a direct connection and my own experiences. Most enjoyable read/listen.
This book was part of a high school literature book. I breezed through and gave it little thought. Thanks to Audible I got a second chance.
Again- Thank you...and thank you Gary...great job. At first I thought your voice might be too gentle to narrate Steinbeck...something I forgot almost immediately.