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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Miller Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Fueled by the belief that something better exists than the mundane life they've been living, free spirits Don and Paul set off on an adventure-filled road trip in search of deeper meaning, beauty, and an explanation for life.

Many young men dream of such a trip, but few are brave enough to actually attempt it. Fewer still have the writing skills of Donald Miller, who records the trip with wide-eyed honesty in achingly beautiful prose. In this completely revised edition, he discusses everything from the nature of friendship, the reason for pain, and the origins of beauty. As they travel from Texas to Oregon in Paul's cantankerous Volkswagen van, the two friends encounter a variety of fascinating people, witness the fullness of nature's splendor, and learn unexpected lessons about themselves, each other, and even God. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stu Bicknell | 2/17/2014

    " Good read of his travels out West. Like his style "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/17/2014

    " This is a travel journal. Do not expect it to be a spirituality discussion like Jazz or God Knows. Yes, there is =some= spiritual discussion in this one too, it's just not the meat of the book. If you come to it with the right expectations it can be an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kurt | 2/16/2014

    " It's an alright travelogue, but I like Miller's other work more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maigh | 2/12/2014

    " I love everything Donal Miller writes. If I wasn't so opposed to marriage, I would go to a justice of the peace with his autograph. That's how much I love everything he writes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 2/8/2014

    " Decent read. I liked the idea of taking a trip without a specific schedule, but character development was weak. I didn't feel a connection to the characters, didn't get a sense of how their relationship developed and only very weakly saw how their spiritual beliefs changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwyn | 1/30/2014

    " This is the background story for Donald Miller fans everywhere, as well as the story of his own spiritual awakening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 1/20/2014

    " Relying on the metaphors of nature (e.g. light) and human experience (e.g. relationships), Miller offers poetic reflections on the God of all creation. Through Painted Deserts traces the journey (spiritual and otherwise) of Don and Paul as they travel in VW van from Houston to Oregon. One of my favorites: well told, profound, touching. A+ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/13/2014

    " Really good, but be careful,it will make you want to take serious road trip. "

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

    " Donald Miller is a quiet soul. His books are like the best cup of coffee, strong, warm and goes down so easy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Maupin | 12/31/2013

    " Phenomenal novel. Spiritual without the preachiness of most novels of its kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny | 12/28/2013

    " you know i think our group still has like 6 chapters left to discuss, but i went ahead anyway and finished it. Again, as I said about this book when i was in the middle of it, I give it a 15. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindi Van Strien | 12/18/2013

    " Again, I can't say enough about this author. His mix of humour, his honesty, his thirst for life - it's all very contagious. I love the author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 12/18/2013

    " Great book about travel through America. Covers Houston to Portland, OR, via the Grand Canyon, California and Seattle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Whatley | 12/17/2013

    " A great book about adventure and road trips! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chadnlisa Jones | 12/14/2013

    " Not to take life for granted. The miracles are there. Those that seek shall find. Though I'm in every scene wherever I go, I'm not the center of this story called life. Life is not meant to merely be gotten through, but lived, experienced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 12/5/2013

    " my favorite of don miller's books. simple, personal, funny roadtrip memoir from texas to oregon. makes me want to pack a knapsack and drive a battered van through scenery unknown to escape the trappings of my frenetic "normal" life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Kobbermann | 11/10/2013

    " Probably my favorite Miller book. Humorous while insightful all in one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/15/2013

    " Cute and clever, sometimes, in a self-conscious-Christian kind of way. Isn't driving halfway across the country in a VW bus, hiking the Grand Canyon, and living for a summer in the woods with "hippies" extreeeemely cliche, though? I don't know if this is captivating memoir material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 8/29/2013

    " This book changed my life! I love skimming through it now and reading the passages that are insightful and inspiring. GREAT book to read while traveling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Con | 5/15/2013

    " Sweet, easy read of young men finding themselves-physically, emotionally, spiritually- on the open road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Avila Renne | 3/14/2013

    " I liked it. I didn't want it to end. I wanted to know what happens next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/13/2012

    " Listened to this audiobook while driving from Socal to Norcal, and the drive was the perfect backdrop for the narrative, which follows two twentysomething men on a roadtrip from Texas to Oregon. Miller is a decent narrator, though not as clear and crisp as others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/8/2012

    " You should just read all of his books. I enjoyed them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Marie | 9/15/2012

    " You could read it in a day. Makes you want to travel- lots of great quotes. Less spiritual than other Miller books but still very very fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/15/2012

    " Amazing book. Conversational style that is easy to read. A fresh look at religion and spirituality, a very human perspective that you can't help understanding and loving. Honest, amusing, and thought provoking. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mae | 5/12/2012

    " A pretty light read from the guy who wrote Blue Like Jazz. Miller and his buddy travel the U.S. and muse at the same time. Totally enjoyable, but probably not mind-blowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Haven | 8/18/2011

    " I can almost say that this is my favorite book by Donald Miller. I really enjoyed his perspective on life and it made me think about really looking at the world around me instead of just flying through it getting things done all day long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jared Daugherty | 7/7/2011

    " Not a big fan of this roadtrip book maybe it was just a major letdown from 'Blue Like Jazz' which was excellent. If you like road trip journals you may like this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D | 6/30/2011

    " Very meandering. Some good points but pretty slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/27/2011

    " i absolutely loved portions of this book, but then some of it was just, so so. i underlined alot of great lines and ideas, and i love all the images he brings forth, like the stars are love letters from God. i would recommend it for sure, but just know there are some dry spots in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marker | 3/21/2011

    " This is a another great book...for anyone searching for more, anyone who loves adventures and the outdoors, anyone who loves well written, real literature, or anyone who is breathing ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/25/2011

    " This book is about a trip that the author took with a friend in which he learned a lot about himself and his relationship with creation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 2/1/2011

    " I have read several of Donald Miller's books and this one just didn't jive with me. I actually read it while I was on a road trip which allowed me to connect with it, however, it still seemed to drag on a bit. Worth reading but not as incredibly captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/30/2011

    " I loved this book. It really inspired me to look for the beauty in my life everyday and to live freely into what GOd has called me to do. After reading this I really wanted to take an amazing awe inspiring road trip! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marja | 1/7/2011

    " One of my favorites from Donald Miller. A memoir... traveling through the USA in a Volkswagen van... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindi | 12/20/2010

    " Again, I can't say enough about this author. His mix of humour, his honesty, his thirst for life - it's all very contagious. I love the author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 12/2/2010

    " Save your time and just read the Authors Intro or Note at the front. That is worth reading. The rest not so much. I listened to it on audio book so potentially I just missed some stuff I would have got by reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 11/28/2010

    " I totally read this whole book on a road trip from Minneapolis to Phoenix. It really added to what I was reading about Miller's "road trip." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 11/25/2010

    " The book I liked the least by Donald Miller, and yet the most memorable. I disliked his attitude towards God through the whole thing, and yet, though I didn't want to admit it at the time, I understood it, could associate with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/17/2010

    " This is one of my favorite books. I really want to reread it now that I found it on goodreads! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 8/22/2010

    " Decent read. I liked the idea of taking a trip without a specific schedule, but character development was weak. I didn't feel a connection to the characters, didn't get a sense of how their relationship developed and only very weakly saw how their spiritual beliefs changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/16/2010

    " I really like Donald Miller's books. There is something about what he writes and the way he writes that really speaks to me. I can't wait to read another one of his books. "

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About the Author
Author Donald Miller

Donald Miller started the Mentoring Project, an organization that helps churches start mentoring programs and pairs mentors with boys in need, in 2005. His work with the fatherless led the Obama administration to invite him onto the president’s task force on fatherlessness and mentoring. He is the director of The Burnside Writers Collective, an online magazine. He is a frequent speaker, appearing at events such as the Women of Faith Conference, the Democratic National Convention, and Harvard University. He still lives in Portland, Oregon with his dog Lucy.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.