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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Kuralt Narrator: Charles Kuralt Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1995 ISBN: 9780743542630
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All New Journeys From the New York Times Bestselling Author Of A Life On The Road


I keep thinking I will find something wonderful just around the bend.

Ever since October 1967, when he set off in a battered motor home to explore America and talk to its people, Charles Kuralt has been one of our premier chroniclers -- a man who has helped us see and celebrate our country in a way we never had before.

After retiring from CBS News in 1994, he set out to spend a perfect year in America -- traveling to his twelve favorite American places, in just the right month for a visit to each. With his well-known warmth, humor and insight, he shows them to us now in Charles Kuralt's America.

From Montana in September and Alaska in June to winter in Cajun country and the North Carolina mountains in spring, Kuralt's accounts are filled with people, stories and experiences. Suffused by a poet's love of language and rich in the spirit and flavor of this infinite and varied land, Charles Kuralt's America is, like its author, a national treasure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Utterly charming…a rollicking road show…you get the feeling that the entire nation consists of small neighborhoods in which he, and you, can wander…[Kuralt is] a national treasure.” 

    Washington Post Book World 

  • “It’s no surprise that a friend cultivated and named a daffodil after Kuralt: he’s one sunshiny fellow, and his America is just splendid in its geographic and cultural variations.” 

    Booklist

  • “This pleasant, genial book will be of interest to Kuralt fans.” 

    Library Journal 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/21/2014

    " Here is a traveler who doesn't go to the biggest attraction around before hitting the road. Mr. Kuralt visited one of his favorite regions each month for a year. He just hangs around town talking to the old-timers and enjoying the weather. January in New Orleans where he raves about the best food ever, October in Vermont - the prime season for seeing the leaves, August in Maine...He goes for a hot-air balloon ride and visits a saddle maker in New Mexico. What a pleasant journey we had together! Great writer. I read this, but I think the audio is read by the author and would probably be fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan Lamphere | 1/13/2014

    " Listened to this as an audio book - outstanding! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Valentine | 12/15/2013

    " Listened to this while working in my studio the last few nights. I always loved Kuralt on CBS Sunday Morning and hearing that deep, sonorous voice of his again nearly made me cry. His stories of traveling the country for a year were delicious. It is always a wonder to me that his love of the unique and the quixotic can weave such a spell you come away from his stories feeling as though what happened to him, happened to you. I loved the part about New Orleans best of all but anyone who knows me could have guessed that. A wonderful way to travel while staying home working. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/28/2013

    " Reading this book made me want to go visit Charleston in March, eat lobsters in August in Maine, go to Vermont in the fall and see New Mexico. That's what good travel writing is meant to do isn't it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/28/2013

    " only book I ever bought on "tape", back in 1997 after he died. saw it in the library recently, so decided to read it - heard his voice the entire time I was reading it - was wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 10/10/2013

    " This is a great travelogue from someone who spent his life on the road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Cerjan | 10/2/2013

    " What a wonderful tone: bittesweet, nostalgic, humorous. This was a birthday gift, but it happens that I had visited many of the places where Kuralt spends time--a geographic location for each month. A lot of fun with great characters. Americans examined in a nice clean prose style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rcowden | 9/21/2013

    " He spends a month in 12 different places in America that he always wanted to visit. I wish someone would give me money to do this and write a book about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Downing | 5/7/2013

    " Join Charles for a year on the road visiting his 12 favorite places in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 3/11/2013

    " 973.92 The author spends one month in a different place in the U.S. for one year. He's good at picking out the unusual and interesting and writing about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janel | 2/5/2013

    " I love watching 'On The Road' with Charles Kuralt as a kid. When I read this book I could hear him narrating it the whole time. It took me back and was fun to travel with him one more time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gasuski Suski | 6/17/2012

    " I read this book many many years ago and enjoyed it. Learning about the people in my country. I brought it at the Relay for Life book sale for my husband and he told me how much he is enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leland | 6/15/2012

    " I would read anything by Charles Kuralt. When I took off for my own journeys across America, I took a lot of his books along, and wherever possible, stopped where he did... I miss this brilliant man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Mauk | 4/30/2012

    " A great travel book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Kutil | 3/22/2012

    " What a wonderful book, he described will places I have never been to, and make me want to visit them. A good cross section of the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Merinar | 2/15/2012

    " I enjoyed reading Kuralts's perspective of 12 places in America. He spent 1 month at each location and wrote about his experiences. You can also use this book as a travel guide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Preddy | 12/26/2011

    " I re-read this book each summer and it delights me every time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 10/24/2011

    " Can't wait to visit all of the places he wrote about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 6/20/2011

    " A love letter to the good ol' US of A. Kuralt spends one month in twelve of his favorite places in America. What a luxury! Get the Audiobook which is read by Kuralt - his voice is sumptuous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 5/14/2011

    " Great train trip read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leland | 2/5/2011

    " I would read anything by Charles Kuralt. When I took off for my own journeys across America, I took a lot of his books along, and wherever possible, stopped where he did... I miss this brilliant man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/3/2010

    " only book I ever bought on "tape", back in 1997 after he died. saw it in the library recently, so decided to read it - heard his voice the entire time I was reading it - was wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 10/1/2010

    " What a wonderful tone: bittesweet, nostalgic, humorous. This was a birthday gift, but it happens that I had visited many of the places where Kuralt spends time--a geographic location for each month. A lot of fun with great characters. Americans examined in a nice clean prose style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gasuski | 5/7/2010

    " I read this book many many years ago and enjoyed it. Learning about the people in my country. I brought it at the Relay for Life book sale for my husband and he told me how much he is enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 3/28/2010

    " Charles Kuralt, famous for his On the Road pieces for TV years ago, takes time in retirement to spend one month in each of 12 places around the country. It's a great tale of some of the interesting characters he meets as well as a reminder to stop and smell the roses! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janel | 9/2/2009

    " I love watching 'On The Road' with Charles Kuralt as a kid. When I read this book I could hear him narrating it the whole time. It took me back and was fun to travel with him one more time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 8/30/2009

    " Listened to this as an audio book - outstanding! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 10/16/2008

    " 973.92 The author spends one month in a different place in the U.S. for one year. He's good at picking out the unusual and interesting and writing about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 7/27/2008

    " I re-read this book each summer and it delights me every time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 7/26/2008

    " Reading this book made me want to go visit Charleston in March, eat lobsters in August in Maine, go to Vermont in the fall and see New Mexico. That's what good travel writing is meant to do isn't it? "

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About the Author
Author Charles Kuralt

Charles Kuralt (1934–1997) was an acclaimed journalist and author. He was most widely known for his career at CBS as the anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning and his “On the Road” segments on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. Some of his works include A Life on the Road, North Carolina is My Home, and Charles Kuralt’s America. Before working at CBS, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as the editor of the Daily Tar Heel. He also worked as a reporter for the Charlotte News in his home state; his column in the paper, “Charles Kuralt’s People,” won him an Ernie Pyle Award.