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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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    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-08-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-08-17 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Steinbeck always touches the heart, makes you feel"

    I am at a complete loss trying to explain John Steinbeck to people; trying to explain why exactly I LOVE him so much! His books are astoundingly beautiful pieces of work written with a quiet simplicity that confuses me. I do know one reason -- and maybe that is the whole of it -- that I love his books. He writes about people who are real, and he writes about them with so much detail and reverence. He gives you the hardest aspects of life, settings that are quiet, storylines that are slow and rich, and people who you know. He tells their stories, which are OUR stories. He loves people and allows them to be angry, to grieve, to love. He allows them to be flawed, and to delve into the things that make them unlikable at times. John Steinbeck takes the worst in people and makes you love them for it. So what is it that he does better than almost anyone else? He makes you feel all the feels.

    I saw another reviewer say that he had a "heart-seeking missile" and that phrase blew me away because I feel exactly the same.

    This book a bit different than some of his better known works, and yet it is also the same. It doesn't really have much of a beginning or an ending. It is a story of the journey, and not the journey on the bus, but the journey of life.

    One other thought I have: Often the books that best tell the tale of the journey of life with all its messiness are sweeping, epic tales, which follow the characters throughout life and sometimes follow generations of characters throughout their lives. But Steinbeck accomplishes the same in stories that often occur in tiny moments of time. This book occurs in a day.

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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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    Andrew Illinois, USA 05-10-17
    Andrew Illinois, USA 05-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A tale of our pains and what's done about it"

    This is the first I've read Steinbeck. It's a masterfully intricate tale of people, what they feel, and how little they are connected to why they feel it. The characters here represent us well- going about their lives, justifying their actions, and mostly distracting themselves. They wander, starving for genuine belonging, connectedness. But it's they who starve themselves for all their self-defenses, and are unwilling to go through the pain in order to come out on the other side: being healed and whole. They'd rather masquerade that everything is working out just fine than be known, even by themselves.

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    Marcia wagner 04-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just ok"

    I was disappointed. the characters were not likeable story was lacking. Sorry but this one didn't hit the mark. The narrator was excellent good enough to be able to finish the book.

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    Julie M. 03-17-17
    Julie M. 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "masterpiece"

    I have read viturally everything Steinbeck has written and have always been amazed at his profound ability and insight into human nature. W B should be in every English lit class, because it highlights more than any other, Steinbeck's uncanny ability to understand people and how they think. The story is simple, but made to be amazingly complex once the reader gets to know everyone one on the bus and clearly sees what makes them tick. I know of no other author with equal skill as JS in his ability to understand humans

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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.

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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.

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