Way Off the Road

Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.00 hours)
Product Number: Z10004521
Released: Jun 19, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400124671
Narrator/s: Patrick Lawlor
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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.

Author(s): Bill Geist
Original Publish Date: Jun 19, 2007

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Professional reviews

"CBS News personality Bill Geist, known for his quirky enthusiasms, has shown viewers a stand-still parade, a cow photographer, a one-woman town, and many other scenes of small-town life. Geist's audiobook re-creates some of his reports, along with a few rants on airports, motels, and rental cars. Patrick Lawlor's cheerfully excited narration brings out Geist's descriptions of such experiences as eating at a Texas barbecue joint. Lawlor also adds a sarcastic tone to Geist's stories and projects Geist's occasional dislike for some of his topics, such as figure-eight school-bus racing. Fans of Geist's reports might prefer to hear his voice, but, for the most part, his anecdotes of rural America are still entertaining as delivered by Lawlor. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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