Its not my favorite book as I don't normally read much non-fiction, but I enjoyed this as much as any other of Steinbeck's work, which is to say I loved it.
How it makes you feel like you are there on the road with the author and his dog exploring this vast and wonderful country. I often forgot that the narrator wasn't Steinbeck himself. I don't know whether that is due to the story being written in first person or that Gary Sinise did such a wonderful job of reading.
The people he meets and places he visits are the intended focus of this story, but I much more enjoyed the intimate view into the authors life, his relationship with his dog and his obsession with the over preparation of all things, including the venerable Rocinante. Knowing this, it was the scene where despite all his preparations the wheels bulge and blow out due to the entire thing being overweight that was my favorite. For in that instant, Mr John Steinbeck, author extraordinaire, Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner, joined the rest of us ordinary and humble mere mortals. I named my car Rocinante in honor, may she serve me as well as John and Don (and never blow a tire)!
The entire scene around the 'cheerleaders' was the most difficult to hear and enjoy as part of an otherwise happy travel. I was born and raised in the south in 1961, possibly as Mr. Steinbeck was traveling through. I was lucky to have been too young to experience much of what went on.
Surely the top 10% of the 200 books I've listened to.
I enjoyed reminiscing about life in the America of my youth.
First one that I can recall, but he did a super job.
I laughed a lot, but there were parts, mostly Steinbeck's travel through the South in the Civl Rights era that were disturbing.
John Steinbeck is certainly one of America's greatest story-tellers and social commentators, and both are displayed in Travels with Charley. Some of his reflections verge on the bizarre, but always worth hearing. How often do you find a book that is constantly entertaining while offering insights and food for thought. This is a book both for those who lived through those times and for those who would like to know what it was like. Makes you want to get in your pickup truck or RV and go to see America. Narration is excellent, you forget that the narrator is not the author.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
Some entertaining and interesting insights, a taste of a bygone era, and yet many of his insights apply as much today as ever before.
I really enjoyed is talk about the Russians. We'll always find an enemy to blame things on, if not the Russians, the terrorists, if not the terrorists, the 'other side of the aisle' (republicans or democrats). It seems we've always needed someone to demonize and blame, it's just the name of "them" that changes.
A good solid reading.
Gary Sinese brings both grit and subtlety to his reading of Steinbeck's colorful travel memoir. I listened to this as a vicarious summer getaway; it's a journey I won't soon forget. Steinbeck’s portrait of Texas and Texans remains spot-on, and the whole account is utterly believable. Mostly lyrical and personal, in its final chapters the book re-inserts the author into current events, where he becomes a deliberate witness to history.
With author and narrator in perfect synch, this audio book was a thorough pleasure, inspiring me to look back on my own travels in America, and forward to the destinations still to come. Recommended for anyone with wanderlust – from adolescents to shut-ins.
I am thoroughly impressed with the performance by Gary Sinise. His seems to be the authentic American voice. Although written in the 60's, the truth of the American journey and spirit are captured by Steinbeck in what has proven to be a timeless story. I've enjoyed this book over several weeks, taking small breaks in the journey. Be prepared to laugh aloud and dry a few tears along the way.
fun, insightful, and friendly
An enjoyable travel across our country and a very interesting view between then and now. I got a lot of pleasure out of the phrasing and insights. It was just fun to listen.
The people he meets along the way.
Hard to say.
He does a good job of keeping you interested. You never tire of his voice.
Life on America's backroads.
Steinbeck is very honest in the book. At times he realizes that he just wishes the trip was over. True to form, he does not sugar coat much.
Great for a summer read or an any time read that will take you 'on vacation' as Steinbeck travels the US with his standard poodle 'Charley'. An intimate look at the US through the eyes of all who encounter Steinbeck and 'Charley' as he gets reacquainted with the US.
A voracious reader, especially for a dog. Of course, terriers are superior. Not bragging. Just true.
I know it's sacrilege, but I didn't care for this as much as everyone else did. Extolling the virtues of the "common man" who has so more wisdom than city folk seemed a little patronizing. A lot of the conversations he had with the "real, salt-of-the-earth" people sounded more like a writer's internal musings than real dialogues. Plus,Gary SInise, while a fine actor, has a very nasal voice that quickly grew annoying to me - and I only listened to it for maybe 20 minutes at a time while driving. Still, it was interesting to look back on a time when super highways were the wave of the future. And Steinbeck's enthusiasm for mobile homes was downright hilarious in retrospect.