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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Geist Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life.

In rural Kansas, I asked our motel desk clerk for the name of the best restaurant in the area. After mulling it over, he answered: “I’d have to say the Texaco, ‘cuz the Shell don’t have no microwave.”

Throughout his career, Bill Geist’s most popular stories have been about slightly odd but loveable individuals. Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land is Way Off the Road, a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist’s segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Written in the deadpan style that has endeared him to millions, Geist shares tales of eccentric individuals, such as the ninety-three-year-old pilot-paperboy who delivers to his far-flung subscribers by plane; the Arizona mailman who delivers mail via horseback down the walls of the Grand Canyon; the Muleshoe, Texas, anchorwoman who delivers the news from her bedroom (occasionally wearing her bathrobe); and the struggling Colorado entrepreneur who finds success employing a sewer vacuum to rid Western ranchers of problematic prairie dogs. Geist also takes us to events such as the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (celebrating an inspiring bird that survived decapitation, hired an agent, and went on the road for eighteen months) and Sundown Days in Hanlontown, Iowa, where the town marks the one day a year when the sun sets directly between the railroad tracks.

Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical, and anything but boring.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Geist’s Way Off the Road is a breezy account of his most recent travels off the beaten, and sometimes left-for-dead, paths.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wise and funny.”

    Chicago Sun Times

  • “Geist genuinely delights in his finds, and readers will, too.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by The Reading | 2/20/2014

    " LOVE Bill Geist of CBS SUNDAY MORNING! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/5/2014

    " A great road trip book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Virginia Brace | 1/30/2014

    " Fun light read for all ages. Audio version would be great to play on a road trip with the family. Author is a TV personality who travels all over the US visiting small towns and reporting anecdotes in a deadpan humorous way. Great memorable stories about Mike the Headless Chicken from Fruita, CO and the Silver Surfer guy and his family in southern CA. There's a great roadkill story from outside Kansas and others of that ilk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Baniza | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting book about small town of America "

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About the Author

Bill Geist is the New York Times bestselling author of Little League Confidential, The Big Five-Oh, Fore! Play!, and Way Off the Road. He has been a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning since he joined CBS News in 1987. He chronicles some of the quirkiest people and places in America for the broadcast and has won two Emmys for his work on the show. To date, one of Bill’s greatest achievements is taking third place in the Illinois State Fair Bake Off in 1979. Geist lives in New York City with his wife. They have two children.