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  • The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Philip Caputo
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Philip Caputo, who had just turned 70, his wife, and their two English setters took off in a truck hauling an Airstream camper from Key West, Florida, en route via back roads and state routes to Deadhorse, Alaska. The journey took four months and covered 17,000 miles, during which Caputo interviewed more than 80 Americans from all walks of life to get a picture of what their lives and the life of the nation are really about in the 21st century.

    Andy says: "it's like you were there"
    "Great book, poor narration."
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    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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