Bob Davidson's father, Joe "Pops" Davidson, has died. After selling the estate, Bob goes on the road, but he has a passenger along - Joe's ashes, sitting in an urn in Bob's camper, riding in the bed of his old Chevy pickup. Joe's last wishes were for Bob to spread his ashes on top of the Grand Teton in Wyoming - a request Bob's not sure he can accomplish.
Travel with Bob as he drives across the great American Southwest, visiting stunning national parks, flying over Mono Lake in an ultralight aircraft, and even knocking on the back gate of Area 51. The whole time Bob's thinking of Joe, yet delaying his father's remarkable final request. But then, Bob finally meets up with his destiny in the mountains near Jackson.
Would you listen to On the Road with Joe again? Why?
First, the narrator, Richard Henzel, is the best. You can't get better. And the story is superb - a journey into a man's difficult relationship with his now-passed dad and his impossible request to spread his ashes from the Grand Teton. The journey takes us into snippits of his past with his difficult father while traveling, trying to reconcile his own failures in life with his dad's influences. The story has that authenticity that comes from truth, as well as components of the hero's journey into peace with past and present. It's hard to describe, but this writer has a way with description that takes you right there into the landscape and his life. Well done and highly recommend. Yes, I will listen again.
What did you like best about this story?
It was like climbing and exploring yourself, it was that vivid. I almost feel like I've been to Colorado's San Juan Mountains and Mono Lake and all the other stunning places the book takes you to.
Have you listened to any of Richard Henzel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, and this is as good as ever. He's a master actor.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Many moments. The one where he's returning to the San Juans after his dad dies and remembering going there with him is great, awesome description. The book's not at all maudlin, but actually the opposite. He had a tough relationship with his dad, so the sublime moments in the landscape and his travels are sprinkled with the opposite hard times with his dad.
Any additional comments?
Really good writing and narration.