I listen to audiobooks during my morning drive/commute. I can't read a book while driving so yes, for me it is better. When narrated as well as Dick Hill does, it's better anyhow. His voices for characters really adds to the story.
Probably the wizard. He had the difficult task of balancing what truths and secrets he must keep from the king and still maintain dignity and honor.
I'm not sure who I liked better, the wizard or the pair of g'home gnomes. The wizard was the more prominent character and had a great voice but the g'home gnomes always had me laughing.
It's good to be the king, unless the kingdom happens to be Landover.
Only negative was that the volume wasn't consistent and to hear everything I had to turn the radio louder than I would have liked, making the louder passages downright unnerving. Of course, it was also battling road noise from my car, so possibly in a quieter setting I would have heard it better. Still, a very fun book and wonderful reader.
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.
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