The Kindness of Strangers

  • by Mike McIntyre
  • Narrated by Chris Brinkley
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life-and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he'd ever thought possible. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart-the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes...and the discovery that sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.
Audiobook includes an interview with author Mike McIntyre.


What the Critics Say

"Could you survive a cross-country trip relying only on the kindness of strangers? Well, Mike McIntyre did. He put our country to the test, and what he found out sure surprised me."-Oprah Winfrey
"An incredible journey."-(CBS News)
"A superb writer."-(Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

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If you could sum up The Kindness of Strangers in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, Entertaining, Heartwarming

What did you like best about this story?

I will never forget the people that Mike met on his journey. These were real people with extraordinary stories. The book makes me want to meet new people and hear their stories. I also have more faith in the kindness of strangers. It is the perfect title for the message I took away.

What about Chris Brinkley’s performance did you like?

The narrator was great. I felt like he was telling me his story. At times, I honestly forgot that I was listening to an audiobook. He made the story and those characters come to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I almost did. I was travelling when I listened to the book and listened to almost all of it on the trip. I only stopped because I had reached my destination.

Any additional comments?

The interview with the author at the end of the book was a nice surprise. Hearing the narrator and author discuss the book was great. It made me want to listen to it again. And, I probably will soon.

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- Chris

An amazing journey well told

Where does The Kindness of Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a true, heart-felt account that reveals the author's fears and humor, while capturing revealing and interesting stories of the people he meets who want to help him on his journey.

Have you listened to any of Chris Brinkley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have heard Chris and he was excellent. He told the story as if it were his own. Very compelling.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

What I loved about the book is the range of feelings it elicits. It is laugh-out-loud funny at times and has heart-breakingly sad moments as well. And, it is, hard to stop listening, you can't wait to hear what happens next. The personal stories from the people Mike meets are fascinating and touching.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend. This is a true tale of adventure, told with humor that gives insight into the lives extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans.

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- Thistle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Mike McIntyre