Extended Audio Sample

Download The Car Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Car (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Gary Paulsen
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

Fourteen-year-old Terry has parents who never paid him much attention. So when they both disappear after one of their all-too-frequent arguments, Terry isn't exactly eager for them to come home. On his own, he occupies himself by assembling a car kit that's been collecting dust in the garage for years. When the car is finished, Terry is pleased to discover it actually runs. Though he doesn't know much about driving, he gets behind the wheel and heads west, with the notion of visiting an uncle in Oregon.

But Terry's plan takes a detour when he meets Shakespeare-quoting wanderer Waylon Jackson. The aging Vietnam vet has seen and done extraordinary things, and he is still hungry to learn more. With Waylon as his copilot, Terry ends up in locales as varied as a religious commune, a poker game in Deadwood, and Custer's Last Stand. It's an exciting and sometimes dangerous journey. Along the way, he learns a lot about people, about America - and ultimately, about himself.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BRLL_003988

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin franks | 2/17/2014

    " really good book fast read and full of action "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/16/2014

    " in the very beginning of this book, i thougt it was pretty weird because both parents called and said they were leaving and never coming back. Then, it seemed kind of stupid because there is no way a fourteen year old kid can build a car all by himself without any experience in cars. but it started getting good as soon as waylon was in the picture. i didnt know if he could be some sort of murderer or he was just some dude looking for a ride. then, when wayne (one of waylon's friend) appered in the story it told a little bit more about waylon and him being gay. but my favorite part in this book so far was when they were gambling and won a crap load of money. but overall i enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/15/2014

    " If you are of the male species you will like this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adele | 2/2/2014

    " Gary Paulsen is really a great author and in this book the writing and plot are pretty good so far, but there are so many references to car parts and car slang that sometimes I have no idea what is going on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Owen | 1/28/2014

    " It left you hanging I would like to bet there is a sequel though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asia | 1/23/2014

    " I thought it would of been better but i thought it was a little disappointing for how the story turned out in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaden | 1/13/2014

    " Gary Paulsen's The Car is a great book I would recommend to young readers interested in travel and adventures. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 because it always kept me on edge and made me want to keep reading. The book is about a 14 year old whose parents abandon him so he decides to head west and travel to his uncles house. For transportation he finishes a kit car that has been sitting in pieces for years. Once he gets the car finished he starts off on his adventure. Along the way he meets a man named Waylon. As he travels with Waylon he learns and gets a new outlook on life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Temoca | 1/10/2014

    " This is a good book for boys. The setting is traveling in a car the main character, Terry built himself. He is a twelve-thirteen year old kid that runs into two Vietnam vets and travels with them to "learn things". I enjoyed the ending, but I had a person tell me they didn't care for it and neither did their family. I would add this to your school library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan Meyer | 1/7/2014

    " This book is a good read for those interested in adventure. It has cases of hardship. It also features some mystery. The Car is a good book for young teens as there is some vulgar language a few times, as well as some sexual context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 12/22/2013

    " I read Paulsen's Hatchet in middle school, and since then I've been eager to read more of his work. The Car is a great, short read that offers an adventure any teenager dreams of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Searsport Vikings Library | 12/21/2013

    " One of the best books I've read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 12/1/2013

    " I enjoy all of Gary Paulsen's writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonelle | 11/4/2013

    " eh. I usually like Paulsen. this one did nothing for me--maybe this one really was "too boy." And, I also don't think I like his repetition of Vietnam vets being portrayed as broken men killing machines. I liked it in The Crossing, but here... I don't know. Just didn't get it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DimasAC7 | 10/7/2013

    " So far so good, i dislike the beginning - He was never happy with his parents. His parents left him at home and he doesn't know untill his parents called one at time and told him. The kid was a hard worker, and studies at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronaldob | 7/18/2013

    " I Like This book i feel bad for him cause of his parents but um i am not done reading it yet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dillon Houck | 7/9/2013

    " In this book terry is never act knowledge by his parents he does not fell loved by them or wanted. He gets a car kit and learns to put it together all by his self. With the car he travels to find his uncle he hardly knows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ernest | 6/7/2013

    " This book to me is good but I think that it could have had a better ending. The authur is pretty much trying to leave you on a cliff hanger but its just not daring enough. Although I did like the situations that occur in the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mohamed Sall | 2/25/2013

    " How could parents leave their children? This forces children to grow up way faster than they should. At age fourteen, we should not have to worry about having food to eat or a place to stay. This book really puts things into perspective. I recommend this book, its pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/11/2013

    " It was good but I didn't like the ending so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Petry | 1/4/2013

    " Gary Paulsen proves once again that he can write a powerful, adventure ridden story that engages an audience of many ages. I was learning from this book I really was, and it has inspired me to go out and learn as much about things as I can. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chibi | 12/23/2012

    " I loved this book! One of my favorites from Gary Paulsen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss T | 11/26/2012

    " one of my students who shall remain nameless, who told me that he doesn't read, told me this was a great book after i hooked him up with gary paulsen's books. woohoo ***And it was! read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 11/9/2012

    " I liked the first 100 pages. Someone who know a lot about cars will enjoy that too. I did NOT like the ending . . . too many unanswered questions!!! "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.