By 1962, John Steinbeck had earned international acclaim for his novels. In works such as Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. He created unforgettable portraits of the working class poor. At this point Steinbeck was middle-aged and prosperous. He would soon receive a Nobel Prize. But he felt something was missing. Sensing that he had lost touch with the America portrayed in his novels, Steinbeck took to the open road. He outfitted a truck with a camper, packed what he would need, and set off with a trusted friend: his French poodle, Charley. Starting from the northern tip of Maine, Steinbeck and Charley drove across the country to southern California. This book is the chronicle of a journey that reintroduced Steinbeck to the people and places of America. Full of surprises and disarming honesty, Travels with Charley is an unusual classic. Ron McLarty's narration captures the rhythms of the road and the voices of each person Steinbeck meets.
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"At age 58 John Steinbeck and his venerable standard poodle, Charley, set out on a journey across America in a camper. For three months these companions traveled the nation, meeting friends, strangers, relatives and immersing themselves in the fabric of the country as it was at that time. Gary Sinise dus a grand job giving life to Steinbeck's words. While his regional accents don't always hit the mark, the listener is happy to forgive because of the love and respect Sinise accords the Steinbeck story. Eight hours is a lot of listening time, but it passes all too quickly with this wonderful version of an American treasure. S.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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