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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: February 2001 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shireen | 1/4/2014

    " remember route 2 out of spokane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 12/25/2013

    " A charming bit of narrative that involves McMurtry choosing a stretch of highway and driving it. Might seem like a flimsy basis for a book, but he's able to draw in so many strands of thought that it almost seems like having a conversation that's as long and winding as the roads he's traveling. It can seem a little haphazard or overly reliant on stream of consciousness narrative, but he's a genial and knowledgeable enough tour guide that it works well, whether he's discussing his own past, the books that have shaped his life, obscure historical elements, or any number of other topics that might spring to mind. There's no real destination with the book, only a meandering journey of ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/16/2013

    " An unassuming and unpretentious account of driving around the country, with reflections on life, books, history, etc. Very wise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Wiseman | 12/13/2013

    " A quick, enjoyable read as Larry McMurtry travels major highways around the country. Makes me want to check out some of the travel authors he talks about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marietta | 11/28/2013

    " Desultory. The drives weren't challenging for him; the book isn't much of a challenge to the reader. It's always nice to hear the kind of background hum of McMurtry's gentle commentary, but his basic decency and sly humor don't make the endless driving particularly worth the trip... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Edwards | 9/23/2013

    " I am a dyed-in-the-wool road trip kind of guy. This book inspired me to finish the last segment of I-35 that I had not driven (Duluth, Minnesota to Kansas City, MO). Once I retire, I will conquer more Interstates! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 9/8/2013

    " Road candy for road trip lovers. Written with McMurtry's customary easy excellence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunday | 9/4/2013

    " This book was enjoyable and such, but I fear that Mr. McMurtry never rolled his window down as he drove by the Salton Sea. That shit is STANKY. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 12/6/2012

    " a modern On the Road "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/22/2012

    " Only McMurtry book I've ever read, but I liked it. Rather than a typical off the beaten path book, Larry cruises the 4-lane highways and reflects on them, and how they've affected our country. It's a quick read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys traveling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Harris | 2/15/2012

    " I picked this up in the swap a book section of a hotel while traveling. I've always been fascinated by taking the back roads on a trip or pleasure drive. Larry provides entertaining, scholarly insight into the roads and towns he has traveled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 10/8/2011

    " His writing is pretty good, the subject matter is mildly interesting. A bit too much which-author-lives-near-here stuff. A bit of autobiographical stuff that didn't fascinate me - I don't care much about Hollywood. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laure "Voop" | 8/19/2011

    " Why write a book about traveling if the author barely ever gets out of his car? At best he stops for hot-dogs at rest stops and doesn't seem to bother trying getting to know anyone in the places he visits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kenpen | 8/4/2011

    " I usually love travel essays, so I thought I'd really enjoy this book, but I skipped over a large section and didn't feel like I missed anything. His long travels have hardly any flavor of the local area. If you are looking for a travelogue of America, there are lots better options out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 6/29/2011

    " One of my favorite McMurtry books, more because I like the idea of driving and exploring than for his writing. I'm not sure if other people would like this book, though... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 3/15/2011

    " McMurtry drives to and fro on various interstate highways. Pointless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 3/6/2011

    " This book was really easy to read, and made no bones about what it was. It was a straight forward account of Larry McMurty just drving Americas roads , not really about what was off of them. It flowed really well and I would reccomend it anyone who loves to drive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/8/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 8/8/2010

    " I am a dyed-in-the-wool road trip kind of guy. This book inspired me to finish the last segment of I-35 that I had not driven (Duluth, Minnesota to Kansas City, MO). Once I retire, I will conquer more Interstates! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shireen | 3/25/2009

    " remember route 2 out of spokane.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 3/10/2009

    " I like travel books, but this one just could have been more expansive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 1/2/2009

    " Only McMurtry book I've ever read, but I liked it. Rather than a typical off the beaten path book, Larry cruises the 4-lane highways and reflects on them, and how they've affected our country. It's a quick read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys traveling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 12/30/2008

    " Road candy for road trip lovers. Written with McMurtry's customary easy excellence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 9/8/2008

    " His writing is pretty good, the subject matter is mildly interesting. A bit too much which-author-lives-near-here stuff. A bit of autobiographical stuff that didn't fascinate me - I don't care much about Hollywood. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laure "Voop" | 7/5/2008

    " Why write a book about traveling if the author barely ever gets out of his car? At best he stops for hot-dogs at rest stops and doesn't seem to bother trying getting to know anyone in the places he visits.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marietta | 6/21/2008

    " Desultory. The drives weren't challenging for him; the book isn't much of a challenge to the reader. It's always nice to hear the kind of background hum of McMurtry's gentle commentary, but his basic decency and sly humor don't make the endless driving particularly worth the trip... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 2/2/2008

    " McMurtry drives to and fro on various interstate highways. Pointless. "

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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-eight AudioFile Earphones 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.