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Publisher's Summary

In 1994, retired CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt set out to spend a perfect year in America - traveling to his 12 favorite American places, in just the right month for a visit to each. With his well-known warmth, humor, and insight, he shows them to us now in Charles Kuralt's America. From Montana in September and Alaska in June to winter in Cajun country and spring in the North Carolina mountains, Kuralt's accounts are filled with unique people, stories, and experiences. America is suffused by a poet's love of language and is rich in the spirit and flavor of this infinite and varied land.
©1995 Charles Kuralt, All Rights Reserved (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

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  • Anna
  • Kirkland, WA, USA
  • 09-11-03

Wonderful Cultural Travelogue

My family and I played this book as we crossed the country in our minivan and it made a wonderful companion. We thoroughly enjoyed Kuralt's vivid descriptions of places and poignant observations of people. We've listened to segments again and they are still wonderful and witty multiple times over.

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  • James
  • Howell, NJ, USA
  • 04-01-03

You can not go wrong with this one

From the moment we started out in 'Orleans' and everywhere Charles went, he took me right along. My only regret is the trip passed way too fast. Actually had more fun then a few trips I've experienced first hand.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Walla Walla, WA, USA
  • 01-02-03

Charles has the hope of America

I was really thrilled by this title. Charles takes you on a tour of America and you can only enjoy the ride. This was the most involving book on tape that I have ever listened to. I have passed it on to friends and family and they loved it. Too bad Charles had to have a mistress in Montana, that was the only bad this he ever did and my wife and I laugh about the part of the book where he goes to Montana thinking he really is just shacking up with his girlfriend.

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A great listen

What did you love best about Charles Kuralt's America?

His perspective on the cities he visited.

Have you listened to any of Charles Kuralt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is one of his best.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I miss his Sunday show.

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A great trip.

I had purchased this book on cassette when it came to the stores, and since I don't have cassettes anymore, I was pleased to find this book here. I love to listen to Charles describe his tour around the country. He describes everything you would like to know about each location. My favorite months of his trip are January, February, June, and November. You will notice that you will have to turn the volume up as the audio is old, and the audio breaks up just as you finish Key west, but you don't miss much. Only a few words about the mocking bird Charles talks about in the beginning of March. All in all, if you love to travel, or you just want to listen to Charles tell you about his America, this is a great listen for you.

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Listen over and over. Wonderful.

I never tire of Mr Kuralt's voice and beautifully descriptive stories. I even bought the book to highlight passages.

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  • Marcie
  • Guildford, United Kingdom
  • 10-23-15

An American Treasure

This admittedly sentimental view of 12 great American places peopled by Americans we will never see again, s a treasure. He wasn't a very nice man. Mean to his wife but a great observer and sensualist. a delight.

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Wonderful

Would you consider the audio edition of Charles Kuralt's America to be better than the print version?

My all time favorite audiobook. It stays on my player full time. To hear his rich voice deliver what he wrote is a masterpiece.

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Traveling America

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it gives you a feel for the areas visited by Charles Kuralt and his great story telling ability.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charles Kuralt, the narrator.

Which scene was your favorite?

Grandfather Mountain, NC

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

None

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  • Sean
  • Woolwich Twp., NJ, USA
  • 07-11-06

Fantastic

I had heard this book prior to downloading it from this site, so I knew what to expect. Still, I could not help being wowed all over again. It is the perfect tale of one man's favorite American locations at their perfect time of year. The wide range of personalties that he encounters in many places, that I have never been, inspire me to travel there in the hopes that my experiences would be a fraction of how interesting Kuralt's are. The icing on the cake is Kuralt's narration. His timeless voice paints a vivid picture of America through his eyes.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. My favorite chapters are Charleston, SC and Key West.