California Characters

  • by Charles Hillinger
  • Narrated by Dennis McKee
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 46 years, author Charles Hillinger journeyed around the world writing human-interest stories for the Los Angeles Times. He also helped to create and produce special features for the popular NBC television show Real People. From these experiences comes California Characters, a collection of stories about intriguing, eccentric, or simply amazing individuals. Many of these people have strange occupations; live solitary lives in remote locations; or collect, build, or design an assortment of odd things. Characters like "Down the Road Dugan", "Sweetwater Clyde", "Dr. Tinkerpaw", "Spaceship Ruthie", and "Warmly Ormly" will delight, amuse, and perhaps inspire the listener with their tales and the reasons why they've chosen to live the lives they do.

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What the Critics Say

"Dennis McKee's pleasant voice gives entertaining variations and accents to the California characters, and becomes beautifully appropriate for a couple of poems." (AudioFile)
"Climb aboard and join Chuck on his incredible odyssey throughout the Golden State as he revisits this wonderful cast of colorful characters. Take my word, you will be enchanted with every story that follows." (Los Angeles Times)

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Ordinary People Make History

This is a fun book to see how people who came from far corners of the earth blended in a splendid multi-cultural atmosphere to make history in California's 58 counties. It is a delightful read and provides insight how people who came to California who you may never have heard of had their impact on what we know as the Great State of california.
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- Philip

marvelous stories

each of these characters has a unique and marvelous story, yet we can see a bit of ourselves in each of them.
a highly-recommended listen!
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- Rio Delta Wild "I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.