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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Gary Sinise Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781101530979
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In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature, to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way. Travels with Charley is pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people interspersed with bittersweet essays on everything from the emotional difficulties of growing old to the reasons why giant sequoias arouse such awe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eight hours is a lot of listening time, but it passes all too quickly with this wonderful version of an American treasure.”

    AudioFile

  • “An honest, moving book by one of our great writers.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people interspersed with bittersweet essays on everything from the emotional difficulties of growing old to the reasons why giant sequoias arouse such awe.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The eager, sensuous pages in which he writes about what he found and whom he encountered frame a picture of our human nature in the twentieth century which will not soon be surpassed.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • Recipient of the 2011Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Classics
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About the Author
Author John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902–1968) remains one of the quintessential writers of American literature. Born in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humor and keen social perception.” He wrote more than twenty-five novels during his lifetime.

About the Narrator

Gary Sinise, born in Blue Island, Illinois, helped launch the Steppenwolf Theater Company at age eighteen. He started his Hollywood career as a director, but his 1994 appearance in Forrest Gump as Lieutenant Dan launched him to fame and earned him an Academy Award nomination. He worked with Tom Hanks again in Apollo 13 and has since appeared in more than thirty other films and television shows.