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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Miller Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781418575120
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In this completely revised edition, Don Miller records his trip with wide-eyed honesty in achingly beautiful prose, discussing everything from the nature of friendship, the reason for pain, and the origins of beauty. As Don and Paul 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A record of a classic road trip. Miller’s tale is full of serendipitous adventures and thoughtful Christian reflection…offering the sort of deep-thought wanderings into meaning and significance that are the meat of college-age existence…a reminder that life was meant to be lived, not just gotten through.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 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, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of 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.