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Jeanne&Gil

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  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "Great listen for a Road Trip"
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    If you could sum up Travels with Charley in Search of America in three words, what would they be?

    Steinbeck's gift to travelers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Travels with Charley in Search of America?

    When Charley got well.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Sinise – was your favorite?

    Steinbeck. A friend who knew John Steinbeck say that Gary Sinise sounds just like him with the same inflections. Sinise did a superb job on this narration, perhaps one of the best audio books I've listened too from a narration standpoint.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story is read unabridged and runs 20 plus hours. It need to be savored over several days driving time (preferably while on a road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    This was John Steinbeck's last work (some two years after his Nobel Prize) and I suspect he knew he was dying. This is not classic Steinbeck, but rather an insight into the man himself. We should all have a companion as tolerant as Charley (his poodle).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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