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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Least Heat-Moon Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation’s back roads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about “those little towns that get on the map—if they get on at all—only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi.” His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Wondrous...brilliant...a stunningly good book...Reading Blue Highways made me go back and look at Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to see if Mr. Least Heat-Moon does as well. He does far better.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Heat-Moon walks through this book...with a patient, eloquent, beautiful pace, his eyes taking in everything and its meaning. Then he puts our words and our vistas into language that lives on the page.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Heat-Moon is a witty, generous, sophisticated, and democratic observer. His modesty, kindly humor, and his uncanny gift of catching good people at good moments makes Blue Highways a joy to read.”

    Annie Dillard, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A masterpiece...a magnificent and unique tour.”

    Robert Penn Warren, New York Times bestselling author

  • “It’s a beauty, a true delight on every page.”

    Walker Percy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “William Least Heat-Moon writes with true heat and pungency about an America that scarcely anybody knows about, an America that we have been led to believe no longer exists...An overwhelming book.”

    Jim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Better than Kerouac.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • Blue Highways is a splendid book, outstanding Americana.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The real life of the book...lies in the amazing variety of American originals the lonely and curious author meets along the way...Half-Moon has the judgement to step aside and let them tell their own often remarkable stories in their own words. The results are unexpected and sometimes very funny.”


  • “American travel writing is a constantly rewarding genre in the right hands. William Least Heat-Moon has great hands.”


  • “Plenty of plain good old entertainment. Heat-Moon has a penchant for humor: a zanier cast of characters has rarely been paraded before modern-day readers.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Heat-Moon’s literary portraits of ordinary Americans should not be merely read, but savored.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “If you would like to know who and what America is at the center, read this book. This is what we, as a people, are about.”

    N. Scott Momaday

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Clark | 2/19/2014

    " One of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. I always take the blue highway rather than the interstate. This book is unvarnished, non-Disney America. Thank you, WLHM. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Penny | 2/19/2014

    " One of my most favorite books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl in CC NV | 2/7/2014

    " I read this long time ago, probably about 1985, and remember being very impressed. For some reason this time it just didn't work for me - maybe because now I'm older than he, and have taken some cross-country road trips of my own. So, 3.5 stars would be the best compromise between my two different ratings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl Schibley | 2/6/2014

    " One of the first travelogs I've read and it still stands out today. Very good book! "

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