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Roads: Driving America's Great Highways Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I wanted to drive the American roads at the century's end to look at the country again, from border to border and beach to beach...
From earliest boyhood the American road has been a part of my life - central to it, I would even say. The ranch house in which I spent my first seven years sits only a mile from highway 281, the long road that traverses the central plains, all the way from Manitoba to the Mexican border... - Larry McMurtry

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry sets out in Roads on an automotive odyssey exploring America's highways and the culture that has grown up on either side of them. My method, to the extent that I have one, is modeled on rereading; I want to reread some of the roads as I might a book, he writes. Crisscrossing America in search of the present, the past and himself, McMurtry's route is also his destination.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jim | 2/19/2014

    " Prevented myself, from any thought of careless, meandering travel via car in America----largely the victim of high gas prices---I turned to McMurtry to live vicariously through his words what I would love to be doing, just tooling down the interstates and backroads. Yet, it is really hard to call this a travel book, because really, it isn't. Yes, he logs a lot of miles and describes (quickly, and without much depth) the routes he chose to take, but they are really only framework upon which he drapes a memoir. He is not out exploring, but pondering. He reflects on bookselling and his heart surgery, on books (many of them travel) he has enjoyed, and tidbits on literary figures who happpend to have lived anywhere near where his car takes him. Many of the asides are very revealing. More often than not, it seems that McMurtry doesn't really like most of the cities or even many of the stretches of interstate. A westerner, he loves his huge sky and wide open spaces. I think one of the best chapters was dedicated to the long dirt road that connected his family farm to the nearest town. This is a quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Megan | 2/5/2014

    " Very good, a nice intersection of history, memoir, and travel writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Pat | 1/18/2014

    " I can't really explain why I never finished reading this book. I read about half of it, and liked it. Somehow I just lost interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Roel | 1/8/2014

    " I love McMurtry's non-fiction. He's got such a great voice throughout the short book. He basically travels through interstate highways and such, talking about what he sees, authors fromthose states and any bit of information you can imagine. McMurtry makes you want to gas up the car and take off in search of the great highways. "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.