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Travels with Charley in Search of America

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Gary Sinise

7 Hours 59 Minutes

Penguin Audio

June 2011

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An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers
 
To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and  the unexpected kindness of strangers.

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  • Jason L.

    it was my first lister to a john Steinbeck book. it was good, but I expected more since he's so famous. narrator did a good job!

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  • Bethany K

    What a delightful wonderful experience it was to enjoy this book. Steinbeck's capture of the soul of America still holds true 50+ years later. I listened to this book as I meandered through the Black Hills, Badlands, and into SW Minnesota, and I felt as though Steinbeck was there with me, seeing what I saw, experiencing how I felt.

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  • JP Vega

    Love the app... helps me along, on my long trips. the book could be slow at times.

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  • Frank Pici

    Great story of Steinbeck's view of America in 1960 and still relevant today, maybe more now than when he wrote it. Gary Sinise was absolutely outstanding as the narrator.

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  • Steve Worth

    Absolutely delightful story of an Americana that is not too far in the past. Actually Steinbeck's observations of people and places of the early 60's show us that things are not that different today. I have the book and also bought the book-on-tape. The book-on-tape is read by Gary Sinise and his love of Steinbeck and amazing ability to bring the character's personal alive, well, let me suggest that out get it and set out on a long drive somewhere in the US. It will be love like Steinbeck's feeling about Montana. Enjoy - Steve Worth, Ventura, CA

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