The Wayward Bus

eAudio - unabridged
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Product Number: Z04219
Released: Aug 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781464001833
Narrator/s: Richard Poe
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The Wayward Bus is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, originally published in 1947. The novel contains several references to the recent Second World War and America's attempts to adjust to life in the immediate postwar era. No single character dominates The Wayward Bus. The viewpoint shifts frequently from one character to another, often taking the form of internal monologue so that we are experiencing a given character's thoughts. Much of the novel's length is simply devoted to establishing and delineating the various characters. This novel takes place firmly within "Steinbeck country": most of the narrative occurs at Rebel Corners, a crossroads 42 miles south of San Ysidro, California. Although considered one of Steinbeck's weaker novels, at the time of its original publication The Wayward Bus was financially more successful than any of his previous works.


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The Wayward Bus
Product Number: BX00023361
Product Number:Z04219
Product Number:C00170

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Author(s): John Steinbeck
Narrator(s): Richard Poe
Product Number C00170
Released: Jul 28, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781464001680
Author(s): John Steinbeck
Product Number EB00401335
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: #9781101177198

Professional reviews

"Narrator Richard Poe provides a good variety of voices for Steinbeck's cross section of travelers and workers who are thrown together in a California roadhouse and, later, on a dramatic bus ride. Poe uses pitch and intonation skillfully to convey people of both sexes and different ages and social conditions, though characters with similarities--youth, for example--can sound a bit too much alike. He keeps Steinbeck's descriptive passages on each character from becoming dull and puts across the moments of crisis and high drama well enough--though the narration remains on the "reading" side of the indefinable line between reading and acting. Still, it's capable work overall, often skilled and sensitive, and ultimately satisfying. W.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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