Travels With Charley in Search of America

Travels With Charley in Search of America

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Author John Steinbeck was 58 when he set out to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With his elderly French poodle, Charley, he embarked on a quest across America, from the northermost tip of Maine to California's Monterey Peninsula. Traveling the interstates and the country roads, they stopped to smell America: trucker and strangers, old friends and new acquaintances. Steinbeck's poignant, perceptive reflections reveal the American character: a blend of unexpected kindnesses and racial hostilities, loneliness and humor.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge Audio, 2011
ISBN: 9781101530979
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) :,digital
Additional Contributors: Sinise, Gary
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JCLJoyceM Jan 24, 2017

Steinbeck travels incognito in 1960 with his dog for companionship to reconnect with the America he has written about for years. Steinbeck’s way with words is captivating, the metaphors so expressive. A little sample: “As I approached, a great surf of traffic engulfed me, waves of station wagons, riptides of roaring trucks.” (Generally, he traveled the backroads, avoiding big cities.)
I thought Gary Sinese’s narration was perfect, capturing Steinbeck’s wry sense of humor. This is a modern version of Mark Twain’s “Roughing It,” traveling by truck instead of stagecoach. It’s a glimpse of life in the 1960s, including the ugliness in the South. His reflections about migrant workers are still relevant.

Jun 02, 2015

I never completed the CD as I found the voice unpleasant despite liking Gary Sinise.

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