Route 66 Still Kicks

Driving America's Main Street
Narrated by: Brian Troxell
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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A wild ride through America’s heartlands.“You’ll never understand America until you’ve driven Route 66—that’s old Route 66—all the way,” a truck driver in California once said to author Rick Antonson. “It’s the most famous highway in the world.” With some determination, grit, and a good sense of direction, one can still find and drive on 90 percent of the original Route 66 today.

This travelogue follows Rick and his travel companion Peter along 2,400 miles through eight states from Chicago to Los Angeles as they discover the old Route 66. With surprising and obscure stories about Route 66 personalities like Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, Al Capone, Salvador Dali, Dorothea Lange, Cyrus Avery (the Father of Route 66), the Harvey Girls, Mickey Mantle, and Bobby Troup (songwriter of “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”), Antonson’s fresh perspective reads like an easy drive down a forgotten road: winding, stopping now and then to mingle with the locals and reminisce about times gone by, and then getting stuck in the mud, sucked into its charms. Rick mixes hilarious anecdotes of happenstance travel with the route’s difficult history, its rise and fall in popularity, and above all, its place in legend. The author has committed part of his book’s proceeds to the preservation work of the National Route 66 Federation.

©2012 Rick Antonson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Route 66 Still Kicks

I loved listening to this book. Listening to a little bit of American history. Well told.

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Good listen with a bit of history

Good listen with a bit of history to tie it all together. Not a traveler guide but a romance with the road trip to inspire travel.

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Best Account of the Old Route

I have listened to a lot of audio books about traveling Route 66. I have interviewed many experts on Route 66. But there is something about this book that plops you right in the middle of it all. You really get to feel what the route was all about. You get close with the people they encountered along the way and feel the sadness that it is no more.

Mr. Antonson and his traveling companion Pete, certainly had their moments on this trip. At times you will feel like pummeling Pete for his cranky demeanor and other times you will praise him for his practicality. I applaud Mr. Antonson for his patience through the whole trip and managing to maintain a friendship with Pete..... and not pummeling him.

The Narrator, Brian Troxell, did a wonderful job of bringing us along on the trip in that Mustang. His voice was smooth and his diction was perfect. His tonality didn't bore me or make me wish it was over, in fact, I was sort of sad when the book came to an end.

I love audio books like this. A great adventure and a great story of the Mother Road with two friends, in a totally inappropriate vehicle for the job. Look for an interview with Rick Antonson on my podcast. www.motorcyclemen.us

I will not invoke the 10 second rule however.

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Fun Trip

I first had my curiosity piqued about Route 66 years ago when I helped my daughter and her family move from South Carolina to Arizona. This was a fun and very informative book that made me feel I was finally taking the journey myself. It was a delight to read and experience.