A quest across America, from the northernmost tip of Maine to California’s Monterey Peninsula
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.
Gary Sinise narrates this audio version of Steinbeck's classic travelogue the book documents the author's trip across America with his poodle Charley in a tone that is friendly, folksy, and thoughtful. Sinise relays the author's observations about the physical beauty of America and the character of its varied people in a spontaneous manner, almost as if he's thinking aloud. Having starred in a variety of film and theater adaptations of the author's work, Sinise slips naturally into the role of Steinbeck, showing an innate understanding of the author's voice and his dry, often self-deprecating humor. Additionally, Sinise creates authentic regional accents for the people the author meets in his travels. In describing racism in the South, Sinise's voice grows somber and sorrowful. His rendition of one scene in particular a conversation between Steinbeck and a racist is truly chilling. This audiobook is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys Steinbeck, travelogues, or slices of Americana. A Penguin paperback.
The Journey I Long to Repeat
Drawn in by the opening paragraphs in part 1, I rode with Steinbeck and experienced something I long to do someday: travel this country and meet the people first hand while driving my pickup camper with a trusty companion.