This is not a mere travelogue. Along the way, Philip Caputo asked the question of what holds this country together. I'm not sure if the book provided any answer, but it does give a sense of optimism that the people in this diverse country are generally good, and this is a country of opportunity. While I would not rank it as high as William Least Heat Moon's "Blue Highway", the author's background as a journalist provides him with a different perspective as most travel writers.
The narrator has a most annoying tendency to have a certain predictable lilt in his tone whenever he took the voice of a non-white character. Is he trying to make the character sound innocent or naive? Sound curious or in wonderment? I don't know, but it almost sounded like he was stereotyping non-white characters. This completely goes against the author's illustration of the diversity of people in this country. While this is a book that I will certainly read, I will not listen to this audio book again.
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