• Travels with Charley: In Search of America

  • Penguin Modern Classics
  • By: John Steinbeck, Jay Parini
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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In 1960, John Steinbeck set out in his pick-up truck with his dog, Charley, to rediscover and chronicle his native USA, from Maine to California.

He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of the American people. Moving through the woods and deserts, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and glorious wildernesses, Steinbeck observed - with remarkable honesty, insight and a humorous eye - the gamut of America and the people who inhabited it.

His 10,000-mile journey took him through almost 40 states, where he saw things that made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. A rugged and passionate adventure of self-identity, Steinbeck's vision of the changing world still speaks to us prophetically through the decades.

©1962 John Steinbeck (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Delightful. This is a book to be read slowly for its savor.'" (The Atlantic)

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  • Shane
  • 04-01-22

Narrator is excellent - does so many voices it’s impressive!

Great story, covers important topics especially at the end, great insight to life in 1960 and how nothing really ever changes….

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

A travel not to be missed

I learnt so much about Steinbeck and Americans. It is a life affirming journey that makes me want to follow in his footsteps

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  • Brian Anderson
  • 09-14-21

As old as I am.

Mr Stienbeck travelled America the year that I was born. Some of his observations disturbed him then. I wonder what he would make of America today?
A well written and and well narrated book telling, not only of America at that time but of the humanity of the man himself. Wonderful.

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  • Charles Lyall
  • 05-27-21

Exceptional !

A great listen from start to finish but you'd expect no less from John Steinbeck.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-22

Hard to follow on audio

Narration was good, but as there are no chapters- only 4 long parts, the audio version I quite hard to navigate if needing to skip back.
I also found the story very hard to follow on audio as stories jumped around so frequently. If you stopped paying close attention for even 10 seconds, you may lose a segue and be completely disoriented.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-22

narrator is unbearable

Narrator is unbearable... over acting. I'm sure he completely gets the emphasis wrong. will try and get a refund

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  • 07-04-21

Seemed to lose his way

The first half was very good, then Steinbeck seems to lose interest and rely on old material.