• Route 66 Still Kicks

  • Driving America's Main Street
  • By: Rick Antonson
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“One of the best books of the bunch.” (The New York Times Roundup of Holiday Travel Books)

“A must for Route 66 aficionados.” (Chicago Tribune)

“The most impressive account of a road trip I have ever read.” (Paul Taylor, publisher of Route 66 Magazine)

“A middle-age Woodstock in motion, an encounter with an America that isn’t as lost as we think...in the end Antonson proves that Route 66 indeed still kicks - as does America.” (Keith Bellows, editor in chief, National Geographic Traveler)

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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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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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so much variation

The book alternates scenes to keep it interesting. They describe a place, then they get into the friendship quirks of our 2 travelers. Then they talk history of the road. Then they meet a random person on the road who seems to be symbolic of some American trait. Then repeat.

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Antonson Needs to Get In the Back Seat

My wife and I made it to the third chapter before giving up.. This is not about Route 66 really, it's about Rick Antonson's ego taking a car trip. . In the first 3 chapters at least, he spends almost the entire time blabbing about him and his buddy. And he is frankly boring.

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What a Ride!

I felt like I was on the road with the guys! Great adventure, packed with hidden gems of Route 66. A "must listen" indeed!!!

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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.