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The Wayward Bus Audiobook

The Wayward Bus

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Publisher's Summary

In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California's back roads, transporting the lost and the lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious away from their shattered dreams and, possibly, toward the promise of the future. This edition features an introduction by Gary Scharnhorst.

©1947 John Steinbeck (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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    Day A. Leary 09-28-16
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    "A Steinbeck masterpiece below the radar"

    We are always encouraged to read more popular Steinbeck works. The Wayward Bus is an absolute masterpiece. John Steinbeck was brilliant in his telling of the intertwining human struggles. I felt like I was in the cafe and on the bus. Richard Poe is a narrator with very few peers.

    Incredibly enjoyable!

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    omar 09-04-16
    omar 09-04-16
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    "Beautifully written"

    A past era brought to life, narrated excellently... Loved it and I will recommend it.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-31-15
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-31-15 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "WONDERFUL READ! GREAT CHARACTERS!"
    What did you love best about The Wayward Bus?

    THE WAY STEINBECK DEVELOPED ALL THE CHARACTERS.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wayward Bus?

    I LOVED THE SCENE WHERE ALICE WAS GETTING LOADED IN THE DINER. ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT WAS WHEN MR. PRITCHARD LOST HIS BALANCE ON THE BUS IT WAS A HILARIOUS HAPLESS FALL.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    SUPERB!


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

    YES BUT I READ IT IN SEVERAL. MY SIG. OTHER MIKE LOVED THE BOOK TOO1


    Any additional comments?

    THE STORY COULD GO ON AND ON, I WOULD NOT BE TIRED OF READING IT. MR. STEINBECK KNOWS HUNAN NATURE.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Francis Lundy 10-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "nothing develops. goes nowhere"

    this is my least favorite Steinbeck book. none of the characters were really developed. the story was boring.

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    "A novel with lots of tension and a varied cast"

    Initially I wasn't as keen on this as I have been other Steinbeck works. However, it was a slow burner. When I took the time to think about it, I really liked how the narrative point of view shifted. While most of the characters aren't necessarily 'likeable', they are at least relate-able.

    What I liked most about this novel was how it shows how humans use themselves to play against and off one-another. This is most obvious in the relations between the sexes here - a great tension underlies the whole novel - but also between different types of men and women. It does take a while to get underway, but by the time you reach the scene of the finale, some of the facades fall away and it is at times disturbing how cruel people are to each other, and how near to breaking we all are.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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